ProVideoPlayer 3 for macOS - the standard for multi-screen media servers.
ProVideoPlayer (PVP) is a Mac-based multi-screen media server application designed to play back and manipulate video across one or more screens.
For over a decade PVP has been powering multi-screen playback and video effects for live events and fixed installations, many times feeding video to expensive dedicated hardware (such as screen control systems) for further manipulation. We set out to see if we could make a single product that would provide the tools needed for many productions when the complexity of more expensive solutions is unnecessary. That is the vision realized with PVP3.
Cues and Actions
Scheduler – Set it and Forget it
Map What You Want. Where and When You Want It.
PVP3 is a multi-screen, multi-layer video playback and processing tool. That means you can connect as many displays as your computer can handle, including graphics-direct (DVI, HDMI, VGA), broadcast (SDI), network-based (NDI, Syphon) outputs, or any combination therein. The media triggered in any layer can be mapped to one or more screens… either full screen or within one or more targets (rectangle, polygon, circle, bezier path). This allows for fine-tuned design of content across rotated screens, screens of various shapes, and odd aspect ratios. Because the target sets that you build are global throughout the application, you can easily change target sets on any given layer at any time and save this mapping as part of the cue so content always plays exactly the way you want it. Additional options include specifying a default layer for all content played within a playlist ensuring that content made for a specific screen is never played anywhere else.
There is a multitude of display technologies available today, and we want you to be able to take advantage of any of them. If you need to project onto a ultra-wide or ultra-tall screen, PVP3 can generate vertical or horizontal edge blends from right within the application. If your projector is projecting at an odd angle, corner pinning tools make filling the screen easy. If you are using one ore more LED processors to create a multi-screen visual effect, you can break up outputs and treat each individual piece of the display independently.
If you have an array of LCD displays in a mosaic of landscape, portrait, or odd angles, you can match their physical orientation from within our canvas so content is matched precisely. What’s more, our canvas editor lets you work with displays in physical units (feet, meters, etc), so you can see your output screens in relative physical size to every other screen.
Multi-Channel Audio Control
When working live events and conferences, it is all too common to receive batches of videos from multiple producers at the last minute… each with their own audio level settings and channel mapping. One band might have a click track in channel 1… another on channel 5. Keeping track of what channels contain what content is a frustrating task for video jockeys as there’s never been an easy way to know what track is what or to change how it is routed to the audio guys. With PVP3, you can monitor and solo each channel of content through the main or secondary output… route source audio channels to one or more output channels, normalize the audio of each channel, or change the gain of each channel.
Transparency and Blend Modes
Dynamically mix media to create eye-catching visuals.
Beyond video effects, which manipulate the visual aspects of one video based on specific algorithms, PVP3 allows you to blend video layers together using a variety of various blend modes. To start with, each layer has an opacity setting so you can control the level of transparency of one video to the videos on lower layers. 28 other blend modes allow precise control over how your visual layers will interact. For example, put a dynamic mask visual on top of your videos to create a dynamic frame, or combine a motion background with a live video feed to stylize a live camera shot.
Masks – Because what You Don’t See is Just as Important as What You Do
PVP3’s comprehensive mask editor allows for multiple shapes (including rectangles, circles, freeform bezier paths) with or without feathered edges, or an imported image with an alpha channel. Mask sets can be triggered manually or as an action on any given cue.
User Interface - Sophisticated, not Complex.
PVP3 has an extraordinarily powerful toolset capable of running the most complex productions in the world. If you have a more simple set up, say just a single screen, the UI adapts to your needs and allows you to navigate a more simplified UI.
By focusing on keeping things simple you will know at a glance exactly what will happen when you fire a cue.
Snapshots. Snag what you see!
It happens all the time. You need to try out content on multiple screens for a sophisticated production. You put up all the content on all the screens. The producer makes some changes — brighten up this clip, color match this clip, etc. — and then, when it’s perfect, save it. Problem is, you have made these changes to the individual layers to do it in real-time and will have to recreated it as a preset.
Well, now you can just save the exact look you have as a cue using our Snapshot function. With this new functionality, you can save the output and all its settings easily with the flexibility to choose what visual aspects of the output you desire to be saved.
ProVideoPlayer 3 (minimum Mac specifications):
*For Mojave (macOS 10.14) users, we recommend that you run PVP3 on 10.14.4 or above for optimal performance due to deprecation in the OpenGL technology on the Mojave macOS. Common issues on macOS Mojave are dropped-frames and sub-optimal playback in some cases.