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#1 bLight

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Posted 09 May 2006 - 02:05 PM

This is the 6th Technology Preview for version 5.

This release does not contain a time out and can be used for day to day operations if you're comfertable using non-final verisons (as many of you know, Zoom Player non-final releases are very stable).

The reason this is not beta 1 is that we're still finalizing graphic and design for additional navigator interfaces and the options dialog.

Download Zoom Player 5.00 Technology Preview 6

Changes from v4.51 final:
* Smart Media Mode (previously Customized Media Mode) has been
	vastly simplified.  In the simple mode, only the available
	profiles and the currently used filters are visible.  If the
	currently used filter matches a profile (which it most always
	will), the profile will be highlighted.

	Smart Media Mode is now available in all version of Zoom Player
	to a lesser degree.

  * The Auto-Get Duration for media files has been rewritten to
	get the duration in the background (working only on unused CPU
	cycles), allowing you to load massive play lists without having
	to wait.

	Getting durations for media files also supports more formats
	and is now enabled by default.

  * New "ZPS" Skin Installation System.  Simply opening any
	"ZPS" file (file with a .zps extension) will run Zoom Player
	and prompt you to install the skin.

  * New Functions allowing you to play the Next and Previous files
	in the same directory as the currently playing file with a
	matching file extension.  These functions are now assigned to the
	"PgUp" and "PgDn" navigational keys when navigator interfaces
	are not visible.

	For example, when viewing "MyImage.jpg" in a directory that looks
	like this:

	MyImage.jpg
	MyImage.avi
	MyImage2.jpg

	Pressing "PgDn" will show "MyImage2.jpg", skipping "MyImage.avi"
	These functions enhance Zoom Player's capability as an image viewer.

  * New Function (Shift+"L") allowing you to show/hide the all Control Bar
	buttons (without the need to select/remove which buttons are visible).
	This function has also replaced the Hide/Show All Control Bar buttons
	on the Control Bar Context-Menu.  You will now be presented with
	a "Hide All Button" toggle (with a checkbox indicating ON/OFF state).

  * New Function "fnDeleteCurrent", Assigned by default to the Delete key
	(when the navigational interfaces are not in use), allowing you to
	erase the currently playing file (with confirmation).  

  * New Function (Advanced Options / OSD / OSD Area), allowing you
	to force all OSD Displays (Navigators, OSD Actions, Control Bar,
	etc...) to display relative to a specific position on screen
	(while in fullscreen).  When enabled, it allows you to Zoom/Move
	the video without it having an effect on the positioning of the
	On Screen Display elements.

  * New Setting (Skin Selector / Save Position).  When enabled,
	each skin's position (window position and size) will be remembered
	on an individual basis.

  * New Setting (Advanced Options / Values / Aspect Ratio) allowing you
	specify which monitor you want Source Relative Stretch (Pixel Aspect
	Ratio) to apply to.

  * New Setting (Advanced Options / Values / Interface) allowing you
	to blank (black-out) all secondary monitors (any monitor not
	currently playing video).

  * New Setting (Advanced Options / Values / Interface) allowing you
	to enable the Internal Screen Saver for Audio-Only files (so that
	the Internal Screen Saver would kick-in even if the file is playing).

  * New Setting (Advanced Options / Filter Control / Windows Media)
	allowing you to use the "WMAPro over S/PDIF" DMO filter to output
	Windows Media Audio through the S/PDIF port.  This setting requires
	that you use an external Receiver with Windows Media Audio capabilities.

  * The GoTo dialog now allows you to input a time to seek to using
	an HH:MM:SS.ms structure.  The input is pretty flexible, allowing
	variants such as H:M:S, M:S, S.ms, etc...

  * Pressing Ctrl+"V" on the GoTo dialog pastes the clipboard value
	into the "H:M:S.ms" Time field.

  * New Setting on the GoTo dialog allowing you to keep the dialog
	open even after seeking to a new location.
	(Useful for FanSub Editors)

  * The current time in MS is now visible on the GoTo dialog.

  * New "Remove Non-Exisiting Entries" button on the Play History
	interface, allowing you to remove old entries where the file no
	longer exists on the system.

  * New "FolderImage" Skin-Script function allowing you to draw the
	folder image anywhere within the main user interface.

  * The "VolumeExData", "BalanceExData" and "RateExData" Skin-Script
	functions can now use a Target parameter allowing you to place a
	Volume, Balance and Rate Control interfaces on the Play List Editor,
	Equalizer and Control Bar.

  * SHOUTcasted audio information (Title, Author, URL, Copyright,
	Description) can now be accessed by the following Skin-Script tags:
	<trackname>, <artistname>, <urllink>, <copyright>, <comment>.

  * New "<Volume>" Skin-Script tag, allowing you to display the current
	Audio Volume level percentage (0-100).

  * New "<FileIndex>" Skin-Script tag, allowing you to display the
	currently playing file's index number.

  * New "cBarTLMinWidth" Skin-Script constant allowing you to specify
	the minimum width of the Control Bar's TimeLine (default 64 pixels).

  * The Skin Selection dialog now has an "Uninstall" button.

  * New "RN" tag for the Zoom Player Play List file format (".zpl")
	instructing Zoom Player to randomize the play list once loaded.

  * New Communication API Messages "2610, 2611, 2620, 2621, 2630, 2631,
	2640, 2641" allowing you to query the current video display area
	located within fullscreen mode and to set a new location/size.

  * New Communication API Messages "2700, 2701" allowing you to get
	and set the current Play Rate (Media Mode Fast Play/Slow Motion and
	DVD Mode Fast Forward/Slow Motion/Rewind rates).

  * New Communication API Message "5130" allowing you to execute
	navigational control functions.

  * New Communication API Message "1450" allowing you to request
	the Unique DVD Identifier information.

  * New DVD "Additional Filter", the "Trombettworks Channel Downmixer",
	http://www.trombettworks.com/directshow.php

  * The Nero DVD Navigator is now a DVD Navigator option.

  * New Smart Media profiles for several uncommon AVI/MOV codecs.

  * New Smart Media profiles for WavPack Audio.

  + The WMV DRM license aquisition code has been improved and you
	should no longer be required to use Windows Media Player to
	aquire licenses.

  + When running a new version for the first time, you will now be
	prompted only for important missing decoders.  The full list
	can still be found in the options dialog.

  + The missing decoders list in the Advanced Options dialog has been
	split into a list of Imporant decoders and All decoders in order
	to emphasize that not all decoders listed are required for
	general day to day media playback.  The Simple Options dialog will
	only show the Important decoders.

  + The Media Library interface should work faster on networked drives
	and uses less drive access.

  + Switching display resolution while in fullscreen should now react
	better with the main window covering the full display in the new
	resolution.  And if the display area covered the entire monitor,
	the display area is now modified to cover the new resolution.

  + Pressing Stop while already stopped (in media mode) will now return
	the playback position to its previous position.

  + The Default Play List skin has been tweaked a bit for usability
	and clarity.

  + The File and Media Library Navigators will now dynamically update
	their content when a removable media is inserted/removed.

  + The Blanking Navigator will now allow you to Ebable/Disable Blanking.

  + The Control Bar will now have a minimum width of 64 pixels for the
	timeline and whatever space the active Control Bar buttons take.

  + The Mouse Cursor over the Volume, Rate Control, Balance and
	Equazlier bars will now use the "Hand Point" mouse cursor.

  + The Fast Play/Slow Motion rates have changes slightly.

  + Showing the Control Bar now hides the navigator interfaces.

  + Better streaming support.

  + Customized Media Playback has been renamed to "Smart Media Playback".

  + Updated Smart Media profiles to account for Elecard v4's change
	of filter identifications. 

  + The "Mouse Wheel" section of the Options Dialog has been renamed
	to "Mouse" and the "Mouse Toggles" section has moved under it.

  + The Skinning Constants "<filename>", "<filetitle>" and "<filebase>"
	in DVD Mode will now display the DVD Title instead of the file name
	(which when playing DVDs always points to "VIDEO_TS.IFO".  This is
	simply more informative.

  + Pressing Enter in the GoTo dialog without any fields filled will
	now seek to the current position (useful for Subbing).

  + The Information Dialog (Press "I") now shows an approximate bitrate
	as calculated using size of the file being played when DirectShow
	doesn't return a valid bitrate.

  + The Sort by Date feature now sorts new files first.

  + "Play List Editor display moves to follow currently playing track"
	setting now centers the currently playing track within the list
	(instead of having it appear at the top of the list).

  + The Smart Media Mode Source Filter selection now allows you to add
	DMO filters as post processors.

  + The Scene-Cut and GoTo interfaces now require the use of
	Zoom Player Professional.

  - Audio Renderers containing "00" in their device name (such as the
	"SB Audigy 2 ZS Audio [A400]") could have disabled audio under some
	conditions.

  - Flash files should now play in the proper aspect ratio on display
	devices that do not use square pixels.

  - Possible fix for VMR9 Renderless Exclusive fullscreen mode where
	icons may have flashed.

  - Zoom Player can now use/display BMP files created with Photoshop.
	(Recent versions of PhotoShop create improperly formatted BMP files).

  - Zoom Player user interface elements will now snap to the Visible
	Work Area (Task Bar rather than the Monitor border).

  - When Zoom Player was set to save its configuration file
	locally, or when using an alternative window name,
	Zoom Player would not load files from external programs if
	it was already open.

  - Auto-Disable DVD Subtitles and Preferred DVD Subtitles are now
	mutually exclusive (with warning message).

  - When Detached, The Control Bar can now be resized from the right
	as well as the left sides of the interface.

  - Better handling of filters that change the duration of the
	currently playing media in real-time (such as TSFileSource).

  - You should now be able to erase the currently playing file from
	within the Media Library Navigator.

  - Mid-Stream aspect ratio changes should now work better (was not
	working well when switching DVB TV-Channels).

  - Switching to Audio Mode from DVD Mode and then back to DVD Mode
	would load the Media Mode skin instead of the DVD Mode skin.

  - A few stability tweaks to the skin parsing engine (better handling
	of badly written skin-script).

  - The setting to prevent Zoom Player from using Smart Media
	Playback by the extension of the file being played was not
	working properly.

  - Fixed a possible stability issues with Smart Media Playback
	and problematic filters.

  - A System-Sound would play when trying to exit Zoom Player using
	the TCP Interface.

  - The Definition File "SetAudioSync" setting wasn't being applied
	when playing DVDs.

  - Using the "/F" or "/Z" parameters while Zoom Player is already
	fullscreen on a secondary monitor could cause the display to move
	to the primary monitor.	

  - The Change Resolution on Fullscreen feature may not have properly
	covered the video area.

  - The Search area background color on the Play List Editor was not
	being set properly for the default skin.

  - When ejecting DVDs as they are playing, Zoom Player may have tried
	to automatically replay them causing a DVD Not Found error to pop.

  - The Navigator Background skin code definition would only accept
	the image if it existed in the root skin directory.

  - The Navigator Background skin code definition was ignored if no
	icon file was set.

  - Automatic Save/Restore of the last position for ".dvr-ms" and ".ts"
	files was not working correctly.

  - Scene-Cut would malfunction under certain conditions (especially
	when trying to use it in combination with ".dvr-ms" files).

  - The Play List Editor Window sizes would glitch if closing
	Zoom Player while the Play List Editor was maximized.

  - When Zoom Player was set to disable the Windows Screen Saver
	in fullscreen mode, it could under some conditions cause
	hardware powerdown not to activate after Zoom Player was closed.

  - When scrolling on the Play History or the Key Editor, the
	screen will now update while scrolling.

  - Audio files will now be listed in the Play History even if the
	setting not to remember the last position for audio files is enabled.

  - Removing the currently playing file from the play list would not
	clear the file name from the Task Bar or Tray Icon.

  - The "<track>" Skin Script value wasn't being cleared when a file
	was closed.

  - Sorting the play list could lead to the currently playing item
	highlight on the play list editor to show the wrong file.

  - Moving items in the Play List up/down could fail on unicode files.

  - The Gradient skin commands were not being effected by the skin tint.

  - Several Option dialog tabs may have not translated properly when
	a unicode translation was used.

  - Using a forced duration value in a Zoom Player Play List file would
	carry over the duration to the next file in the play list if it
	did not have a forced duration.

  - The Pop-Up OSD Action message would not show Unicode characters
	properly under some conditions.

  - Pressing Enter in the Station Navigator when the navigator contained
	no entires would have caused a crash.

  - Closing the Player when the screen saver is active on a secondary
	monitor caused Zoom Player to crash and not close properly.

  - Opening a URL from the command line would have caused it to open
	using uppercase, which some servers would not accept as a correct
	location for the item.

  - Communication API Message 2500 would only transmit if a specific
	play on insert setting was enabled.  It will now always transmit
	if a new disc/drive was inserted.
  
  - Some cosmetic glitches when using XP Themes.

Screenshot of the new Media Library Interface:
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#2 Electronic Punk

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Posted 09 May 2006 - 03:10 PM

Welcome back (?) mate.

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Posted 10 May 2006 - 01:08 AM

Hi,

Can u tell me how to specifically enable DVD title info in the playlist instead of fake "video_TS.ifo" info.

Thanks, JLR

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Posted 10 May 2006 - 05:00 AM

When using this version I can select only "Overlay Mixer" as video render. If I choose anything else doesn't save the setting after restarting the player.

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Posted 10 May 2006 - 10:17 AM

Can't delete a .TS file that has been played in the current session of ZP. This happens in ZP 4.51 too. Seems like it's not closing the file properly.

Also, Filter Control -> Management -> Filter Reg Profiles -> Register -> Searching for Filters, please wait dialog needs a Cancel button.

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Posted 10 May 2006 - 12:06 PM

phil:
I'm not sure why, it may have something to do with a filter you're using cause I use ZP's media libarary "erase" function quite often (on currently open files to boot).

I'll add the cancel button.

Frank2003:
There are several places where you can choose a video renderer, which place are you referring to? (DVD/Media/WM?)

Also, try resetting the configuration to see if this has an effect.


jlr8930:
Did you try enabling title display in the play list? (Options / Values / Playlist).

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Posted 10 May 2006 - 01:13 PM

Not sure what filters under v5 (haven't had a chance to come to grips with the new Filter Control tabs) but under 4.51 I use HDTV Pump for TS playback.

PS. Should have mentioned that I'm deleting from the File Navigator.

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Posted 10 May 2006 - 02:02 PM

Frank2003:
There are several places where you can choose a video renderer, which place are you referring to? (DVD/Media/WM?)

Also, try resetting the configuration to see if this has an effect.


Hi, on my own trouble is on Zoom Player Media, reset the configuration don't fixes the trouble at all, i set Audio/Video Devices renderer to other from Overlay Mixer without luck.

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Posted 10 May 2006 - 03:01 PM

Where can the latest TCP codes be found ?

Thank you

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Posted 10 May 2006 - 03:38 PM

Where can the latest TCP codes be found ?

Thank you

I think, Blight will post them in the new sub-forum Zoom Player - Third Party Enhancements from now.

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Posted 10 May 2006 - 05:13 PM

I try to modify render from Filter Control->Audio/Video Devices->Video Render

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Posted 11 May 2006 - 01:59 AM

In ZP preview 6,

This is my observation about the File Navigator:

I'm using Total Command to play a video file through system association.

1. Locate a video file (eg. "h:\Videos\十大廣告\A.mpg" ) in Total Command.
2. Press {enter} to launch ZP through system association.
3. When the video is playing, press {enter} to show the File Navigator.
4. The File Navigator will show proper path of "h:\Videos\A.mpg".
5. {press Alt-X} to exit from ZP.

6. Press {enter} to launch ZP again through system association.
7. When the video is playing, press {enter} to show the File Navigator.
8. The File Navigator will only show unproper path of "h:\".

This will occur when the path contains
some Chinese Characters "十大廣告".

Thanks.

BTW,
I don't know how to play a Window Media Video 9 in slow motion???
Is there any way to play them in show motion like mpeg file does ???

Thanks.

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Posted 12 May 2006 - 02:15 AM

phil:
I'm not sure why, it may have something to do with a filter you're using cause I use ZP's media libarary "erase" function quite often (on currently open files to boot).

I'll add the cancel button.

Frank2003:
There are several places where you can choose a video renderer, which place are you referring to? (DVD/Media/WM?)

Also, try resetting the configuration to see if this has an effect.


jlr8930:
Did you try enabling title display in the play list? (Options / Values / Playlist).


Blight:
Thanks for the quick response. Yes I had enabled the "use media file title if available" and am still getting fake disk title. Is there anything else I can do to display each "title" on my custom DVD's in the zoom playlist to allow me to switch from title to title "seemlessly on the fly" without any delay. I film training scenarios to display on a second monitor (projector) with multiple endings to permit outcome selection in "real time" of alternate endings using careful created continuity branch frames. Each sequence is created as a new title, not a chapter with the authoring software I am using. I control the "branch" or title selections from a primary monitor. I have even tried just using mpeg2 clips (that will show up in the playlist) instead of DVD format individual titles however there is a delay (black screen) for several seconds before zoom starts playing the new mpeg sequence, thus losing continuity for the viewer.
Any thoughts....? thanks again, JLR

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Posted 12 May 2006 - 02:27 AM

@Blight

Current builds of the Gabest MPEG Audio decoder support Vorbis audio. It works in MKV files fine too. Kinda odd it's not a separate codec as Vorbis is not MPEG related as far as I know but oh well. Anyway just letting you know so you can have a profile for it in 5.0 if you want..

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Posted 17 May 2006 - 07:24 PM

generalleoff:
Thanks, will do. I'll just name it "Gabest Audio Decoder" in ZP.


Phil:
does it happen in the v5 preview?


Aokromes, Frank2003:
This is a problem with the standard version I'm afraid, will be fixed in the next release.


louismo:
Microsoft being microsoft made their windows media decoder ignore the rate control used by DirectShow for this purpose. There might be a possible way to overcome this, but it's a low priority.

As for the file navigator... I just checked it and couldn't reproduce the problem. Are you using the latest version of total commander (total commander still doesn't support unicode 100% of the time), Does this problem occurs when using Windows Explorer to execute the association?


jlr8930:
For one, I wouldn't use MPEG files, AVI files load much faster and using VMR9 as the video renderer, should reduce any black-screens between sequences.

As far as the title problem goes, what exactly are you seeing at the title? It should show the disc's volume label (DVD discs don't contain their title as part of the disc itself).

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Posted 18 May 2006 - 08:48 AM

As for the file navigator... I just checked it and couldn't reproduce the problem. Are you using the latest version of total commander (total commander still doesn't support unicode 100% of the time), Does this problem occurs when using Windows Explorer to execute the association?


It has same problem both in Total command and Windows Explorer.
So the association is not the clue.

I guess that the parsing of path's STRING are different between the
File Navigator and the PlayList Navigator.

The File Navigator can't show a path with Chinese Characters correctly,
but the PlayList Navigator can show the path correctly.

You may use the path's STRING in PlayList Navigator for locating the
path in File Navigator progamming subroutine.

Thanks

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Posted 18 May 2006 - 03:26 PM

louismo:
I still can't replicate it... This is what I did:
1. I used the same characters as a path "十大廣告".
2. Inside this path, I opened a media file by double clicking it in explorer (i noticed total commander modifies the path to non-unicode, so executing from total commander wouldn't take the characters into account).
3. I pressed "E" to open the file navigator. The currently playing file was highlighted.
4. I pressed Alt+X to close ZP.
5. I tried playing another file in the same directory by double clicking it in explorer, pressing "E" to open the file navigator and the file is highlighted just fine.
6. I closed ZP and reopened it and pressed "E" again. The file navigator was still in the same directory with the unicode characters displaying just fine.

Is there anything I'm missing?

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Posted 19 May 2006 - 03:07 AM

This might be related but I'm not sure. Sometimes with the new preview if I open a file using explorer and then press enter after the file is playing to open the file navigator it will open to the wrong path. Usually the root of my C: drive or sometimes the root of the drive the file is on. I have to press escape to exit the navigator and then press enter again to bring it up. After 1 to 3 times doing this it will open in the correct directory that the file was in. It does not always do this.

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Posted 19 May 2006 - 03:51 AM

generalleoff:
The problem is, I don't see how it works one time and a second time it doesn't as the same code is running each time. Filenames isn't something that is changed in the background...

The file navigator is going to be completely rewritten in v5 to add functionality similar to the media library. Hopefully, most quirks will be quashed when this happens.

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Posted 22 May 2006 - 05:16 PM

A small bug I noticed: after toggling "Stay on top" the control bar looks like the attachted image. These red edges disappear after reapplying the skin (until the next toggle).

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