In this menu item you can set all parameters for your optimal work with PLAYDECK:
If you select the first checkbox, PLAYDECK will automatically load the last used playlist after each start. This feature is useful if you usually want to start your show or start your work based on the last used playlist. If you additionally activate the second checkbox, PLAYDECK will automatically start playing the playlist.
If you place PLAYDECK in the Autostart of your computer, you can start a playlist automatically by booting your PC without having to make any further entries.
With these settings you can determine which behavior at the end of a block should be set by default when creating a playlist. You can change this setting for each block later. It is therefore best to specify the setting that you would normally use at the end of a block.
If the first checkbox is unchecked, PLAYDECK will automatically stop playback when a block end is reached and display the selected default background. This can be a test pattern, a color area, or even a graphic or video file. See 2.1.2 for more information on setting up the default background.
If you check the first checkbox instead, PLAYDECK will hold the last frame of a block, allowing you to fade smoothly to another source on your image mixer.
If you also check the second checkbox, then PLAYDECK will wait on the last frame for the given time, and after this time expires, it will automatically wait on the first frame of the following block. This function saves you from having to manually put the next clip into the CUE each time. In combination with the Remote Start function of PLAYDECK , you can even play back an entire playlist automatically without having to manually operate PLAYDECK . See 2.1.9 for details on how to set up the Remote Launch feature.
You can subsequently change the preset waiting time separately for each block.
Under this menu item you can set whether the progress bars in the navigator for the block timer, the clip timer and the schedule block timer should take on a signal color shortly before the time expires to draw your attention to the approaching end. You can also set the output of a signal tone. This will be output from the standard Windows audio device. You can choose from various signal tones and adjust the volume. With the help of the test button you can check your settings immediately.
If you activate the “Track Playhead in Playlist” function, then PLAYDECK will always align long playlists so that the currently playing clip is centered. This facilitates the overview when working with long playlists. Please keep in mind that this feature may be confusing if you often work on other parts of the playlist while playing a playlist: Each time a new clip is started, the playlist is recentered by PLAYDECK.
By clicking this check box, you activate automatic time correction for the schedule block function: If you start a block to which a scheduled start time has been assigned earlier or later than scheduled, the scheduled start times for all subsequent blocks are automatically corrected by the deviation that has occurred. For more information on the schedule block function, refer to chapter 3.1.
These settings define the appearance of the playlist. You can use four different line heights and decide whether a preview image should be displayed next to each clip. In addition, you can choose whether all blocks and all clips in the playlist should be numbered. This feature is useful when you remotely start PLAYDECK via TCP/IP commands and want to jump directly to a clip this way. Finally, you can hide the block headers and captions to oversee a maximum number of clips in the playlist. Selecting the reduced block view displays the end of the block graphically:
A red line indicates a stop at the end of the block, an orange line a pause command, an interrupted orange line an auto-cue and a green line an adjusted loop.
In this item you set the default display duration of a still image or of a Live Input when you drag it into the playlist. You can subsequently change the display duration of each of these items separately.
Here you can set how PLAYDECK should behave when a played back action clip is over. You can choose from the following options:
Pause on last Frame of Action:
PLAYDECK stops on the last frame of the action clip and waits for further commands.
Stop Playback and show Background
PLAYDECK stops playback and displays the default background. For details on setting the default background of a playlist, see chapter 2.1.2
Return to Playlist Clip on Last Position
At the end of the action clip, PLAYDECK jumps back to the position in the playlist where the action clip was started. The state of the playlist when the action button is pressed is taken into account: If PLAYDECK was in a running playback, the playback will continue. If PLAYDECK was in a pause or cue state, this state will be restored.
Replay last played Playlist Clip
If the action button was pressed during an ongoing playback, the interrupted clip is played back from the beginning after the action clip has ended.
Play next Clip in Playlist
If the action button was pressed during an ongoing playback, the interrupted clip is skipped after the action clip is finished and the following clip is started.
Play selected Clip in Playlist
While the action clip is playing, the operator can decide where to resume playback after the action clip is finished by selecting a clip from the playlist.
Here you can set the default behavior of PLAYDECK when a Schedule Block time is reached. You can choose from the following options:
Don’t Play, only show Countdown
PLAYDECK does not start playback automatically, but only shows a countdown timer on the user interface. This feature is especially useful if you want to keep track of the progress of the event, but always want to start playback manually.
Always play, independent of Playlist status
PLAYDECK will always start playing the corresponding block at the specified time, regardless of whether playback is in progress or not.
Play only if first Clip is in CUE
PLAYDECK starts playback at the set time only if the first clip of the corresponding block is in CUE state.
Here you can set the default behavior of PLAYDECK for scaling a video if it has an aspect ratio different from the set video output format:
Letterbox / Pillarbox
PLAYDECK scales the video while maintaining the aspect ratio until the video image just reaches the horizontal or vertical border. Correspondingly, vertical or horizontal black areas are created.
Pan and Scan (Crop)
PLAYDECK scales the video while maintaining the aspect ratio until the entire output image is completely filled with image content. Image contents outside the image are cropped.
Fullscreen with no AR
PLAYDECK scales the video without keeping the aspect ratio so that the whole screen is filled.
Here you can set which function PLAYDECK should perform when you double-click on a clip in the playlist with the mouse. The following options are available:
Playback of the clip starts; the clip is put into cue state; the clip is faded in or out (works only when PLAYDECK is in STOP state); the clip is displayed in the preview window; the window for cut/crop opens; the window for editing transition effects opens; the window for inserting overlays opens; the clip loop window opens; PLAYDECK does not respond to the double-click.
By default, for each clip in the playlist, PLAYDECK checks that the clip’s resolution and frame rate match the selected output settings. PLAYDECK does this to draw attention to unnecessary scaling and conversion processes. These cause increased CPU and GPU load and can have a negative effect on less powerful systems. If not, PLAYDECK displays a small orange square with a white “i” behind each clip. Select the checkbox to disable the check.