PLAYDECK supports GPU-supported decoding via compatible Nvidia or Intel graphics cards for playback of files created in H.264 (AVC), H.265 (HEVC) or mpeg2 codec. In addition, a large number of rendering processes (scaling, frame rate conversion, output rendering) are performed on the GPU by default, if your system has an appropriate graphics card. This results in a significant reduction of the CPU load. In some cases (all videos of the playlist have the same resolution and the same frame rate as the desired output format, …) it may be more efficient to execute the remaining render processes on the CPU depending on your system resources (very fast CPU, less powerful graphics card). In this case please activate the checkbox CPU Rendering Mode.
Please note that PLAYDECK is not automatically compatible with every version of your graphics card driver. If you experience problems during playback in rare cases, please deactivate GPU-based rendering as a test and check if the error has disappeared afterwards. In such a case, you should then install an alternative driver.
Select this check box to enable 10-bit HDR mode for output. Please note that not all output cards support HDR playback and that the performance requirements for your system will increase significantly if you use this mode. You need a suitable Nvidia graphics card to use this mode.
In order to enable a fast program start and an optimal use of system resources, PLAYDECK by default only starts the required processes and adds further processes only when they are needed. For example, the renderer for the second channel of the playlist only starts if the loaded playlist actually uses the second channel or if you assign media to the second channel for the first time. Deactivate the checkbox if you want to start all processes at program start.
If you have a 64-bit operating system, PLAYDECK also starts the 64-bit process of the video engine by default. If you experience output problems and suspect that the 64-bit video engine is not running optimally on your system, you can use the 32-bit engine by selecting the checkbox.
Some hard disks go into an energy-saving mode after a certain period of time without read/write access, which in some cases cannot be influenced by the Windows system settings. In such cases, a clip that has been in CUE state for a longer time may start up after startup and then stall briefly until the hard disk has reached its nominal speed again. To avoid this phenomenon, PLAYDECK writes small files to the hard disk at regular short intervals and then deletes them again. Uncheck the checkbox if you want to disable this function.