New communications protocol support enables advanced interoperability between external devices and third-generation media server, video processor and screen control solution
Alpharetta, GA, May 14, 2018 — Renewed Vision today announced a significant new software update for the third generation of its ProVideoPlayer (PVP3) multi-function media server. Building further on the powerful enhancements of the major PVP3 upgrade released earlier this year, version 3.1 adds robust communication capabilities that allow ProVideoPlayer to be seamlessly controlled by external devices such as lighting consoles and custom automation systems. Renewed Vision will showcase PVP 3.1 in booth N1814 at InfoComm 2018, taking place June 6-8 in Las Vegas.
ProVideoPlayer 3.1 adds support for the industry-standard DMX512-A lighting control protocol, enabling the versatile media server to be controlled from popular lighting consoles and other DMX-compatible triggering devices. The new DMX support lets operators control PVP 3.1 at the overall workspace level or granularly for individual layers, and encompasses functions such as selecting and triggering pre-defined cues and playlists, specifying blend modes for particular layers, activating effects sets and more.
Providing programmers and designers of visual experiences with even more flexibility, Renewed Vision has also developed and implemented its own advanced control protocol in PVP version 3.1. PVP’s integrated HTTP control server lets users send command-line instructions or HTTP requests to control or read information from the software. Data can be retrieved about a particular layer such as its name, whether it is hidden or muted and other properties, while control commands can perform a wide range of functions from triggering specific cues and changing playlists to setting effects on individual or all layers.
Comprehensive and easy-to-navigate documentation built into the PVP 3.1 software makes it easy for customers to learn and use the extensive array of available commands, while authentication prevents unauthorized users from breaking into and taking control of the system – particularly critical in live show environments.
“While most users operate PVP through its intuitive graphical interface, communication between devices is increasingly critical in today’s sophisticated live event environments and fixed installations,” said Brad Weston, president, Renewed Vision. “In addition to supporting existing communication standards, we wanted to give customers control of PVP’s extensive functionality in a broader manner than generalized protocols would allow. Creating our own protocol has given PVP 3.1 the ability to communicate with more devices with a lot more flexibility than if we only used, for example, DMX or MIDI. We’re looking forward to seeing what creative results our users come up with through the powerful new communications functions in version 3.1.”
Ideal for both fixed and event-based applications in markets including broadcast, corporate events, concert staging and many other professional AV verticals, PVP 3.1 empowers users to design and deliver rich visual experiences spanning multiple interactive, resolution-independent displays. The new communications and control capabilities in version 3.1 complement the extensive advances introduced in PVP 3.0 last year including direct SDI outputs, interactive screen control functionality, an enhanced low-latency video playout engine and the integration of NewTek’s Network Device Interface (NDI) technology for live, IP-based production workflows.