Quick Start Guide

The purpose of this guide is to provide a basic outline of AV-Playback’s major components as well as step by step instructions on adding playing out media files.

1) Launch the AV-Playback L1 application as you would any other program.
2) When started the first thing to appear on the main window is the launch control.
a) Here you will want to ensure that the default file store path is set to the root event folder which you would have already created prior to starting the app. It is recommended that the folder is located under the “C” drive. NOTE: If also setting up for a synced backup unit and you want to use something like the Desktop to house the folder then you should be logged in to all other networked computers with the exact same user ID and/or make sure that the appropriate permissions are set to share those user folders on the network.
b) Next, select the correct audio output device for your current system setup. This is important because each clip as it is being added to the playlist will first use this default as its output. If the default is blank, then each video/audio clip will not have an audio render assigned and will end up playing mute.
c) The app offers two different ways to handle performance variables and computer resources. By default, L1 pre-loads all playlist media elements into memory. This is preferred because it ensures a much more responsive control and there will be no jitter visible in a clip currently playing out to program while another is being loaded into preview. However, this method does require your computer to have enough memory to safely accommodate the gigabytes of space high-resolution video files require. If you are having to work on a weaker computer but only need to playout clips once in while during to course of an event you can uncheck this  Now what happens is each time you select a clip only that clip will be loaded into memory greatly minimizing that amount of memory used.
d, e, f) In this tutorial, we are just demonstrating a basic stand-alone operation. So these items should be unchecked
g) Go ahead and click on New Playlist. Once selected the launch window will disappear.
3) To simplify, we will assume you only have one additional display monitor attached to the computer. AVP will automatically assign that output as the program out and its screen should now appear black.
4) Now all you have to do is start adding media files. There are three different way you can go about adding files:
   a) In the main menu click on File || Add Media File.
   b) Right click on the blank area of the Thumbnail array panel.
   c) Using Window File Explorer select and drag media files directly to a blank area on the thumbnail array panel.
5) Now the thumbnail array panel will have some elements in it. You can just click on any one of the thumbnails to load that clip into preview.
6) Note that a yellow line appears around the thumbnail, this signifies that it is now in preview. You will also note that the setting control panel has come to life and it too has a yellow line around it.
7) If you wish to edit any of the clips properties before taking to program then go ahead and click the preview play or pause button to fully activate the preview and remove the still image representing a frame from the file.  Now you can make any adjustments and review them using the preview monitor window.
8) When ready simply click on the program “Take” button and you are now playing to you audience.
9) Now all the yellow outlines have been replaced with red ones signifying that element is now in program.
10) Now all you need to do prep for your next clip to be played by clicking on its thumbnail and repeating the cycle over again except one alteration. If while a clip is in program and you select the next one to preview that clip only appear as the still image representing the clip. Now if you need to edit that clip while program is playing then you need to right click on previews thumbnail and select “Edit”.
11) This will fully activate the preview buffer and shift the settings panel over to the preview clip. The clip in program will continue on unaffected.