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Launch Control

Once AV-Playback begins, the first thing you will encounter is a convenient ‘Launch Control’ window.

Launch Control

1

Default File Store Path

1. Default File Store Path
Establishing a default file store path is mandatory, hence why the very first-time AV-Playback is started from a new install, a folder browser appears. A default folder should be selected before trying to open or create a playlist. Once one has been established you are still free to deposit and retrieve files from any other location.  However, anytime a file browser is opened it will always use the default folder as its starting point. The default folder is especially necessary when setting up for use with a backup workstation. In that situation, it is important that the root event folder path be the same on both workstations. 
2

Default Audio Device

2. Default Audio Device
Clicking will reveal a list of installed audio playback devices found on the local computer. Select the one AVP will choose everytime a new media element is added to the playlist.
 

NOTE:

If the last time your workstation was used, it employed an outboard audio device such as a USB to audio out or HDMI monitor audio out, and those devices are not being employed presently, there may no longer be a Windows default audio device and this list may appear blank. It is important that you always ensure you have a device selected before starting a new playlist or even loading a current one, especially if you plan to add any media to the playlist. If this is left blank all newly added media elements will not have an audio device assigned and when played any audio tracks will be mute.
3

Recall Saved Layout

3. Recall Saved Layout
Clicking this will recall the last saved layout by automatically opening the saved number of playlists controls as well as load their respective files and position each window back to the state at which it was saved.
 

NOTE:

If no layout has been previously saved this button will be disabled
4

Start New Playlist

4. Start New Playlist
Clicking this will first display a file browser requiring you to give the new playlist a name and location. Once you create and save the new playlist, a playlist control window will be opened.
 

NOTE: Once this is selected the Launch Control will automatically close.

5

Browse Playlists

5. Browse Playlists
As the name implies, this opens a file browser where you can find a particular playlist file to open. Once selected a playlist control window will be loaded.
 

NOTE: Once this is selected the Launch Control will automatically close.

6

Recent File List

6.  Recent File List
This list displays all the most recently used playlist files in a reverse order with the newest at the top and working down from there. Double click on an entry to reopen and automatically load a playlist control window.
7

Clear Recent

7. Clear Recent
Clicking this will remove all entries in the 'Recent List' and erase all history of them.  
8

Workstation Role

8. Workstation Role
When there are more than one AVP workstation on a shared network and you wish to synchronize their playback by employing the AV-Sync Hub, it is important to establish a proper control hierarchy. Here you select whether the workstation will serve as you’re primary and be the unit all commands are issued from or to serve as a direct backup to that primary.
 
NOTE: Only one primary and one backup can be on the same network at a time. If neither is checked then the node is considered neutral and can, if linked to the AV-Sync Hub, still will receive transport commands from the primary.
 
To learn more about these roles, refer to Understanding Workstation Roles.
9

Workstation Name

9. Workstation Name
This title is what distinguishes each workstation apart from one another when connecting to the AV-Sync Hub. By default, this will first use the actual computer name that has been saved in Windows. You are however free to type in your own custom tile if desired.
 
NOTE: All titles must be unique and never used more than once on the same network.
10

Workstation Index

10. Workstation Index
Like the Workstation Title, each workstation must also have a unique index number and never be used more than once on the same network. Use this control to select that index number.
11

Auto Launch AV-Sync Hub

11. Auto Launch AV-Sync Hub
If this checked, once a playlist is launched the AV-Sync Hub will also be launched automatically.
 
NOTE: Only one instance of AV-Sync Hub can be on the network at a time. It can be assumed that whichever workstation is primary would also be the host for the hub. However, to ensure that communication continues to other workstations in the case of possible loss of the primary, the hub can be hosted on its own computer away from any running iterations of AV-Playback within the same machine.
12

Play Command Delay

12. Play Command Delay
When receiving transport commands from the primary you can choose to delay activation of the play command.  This can be handy when you prefer to stager play times between a primary and its backup. Default is 0.
13

Show Tool Tips

13. Show Tool Tips
When enabled each individual control will produce a helpful popup describing its purpose. Due to it sometimes interfering with mouse clicks, it is recommended that this feature be disabled once you feel comfortable with all aspects of the program.
14

Help Button

14. Help Button
Clicking will open this help file.

 
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