Channel Player for Desktop readme file

Channel Player for Desktop 1.06 readme file

table of contents
1. Information of this software
2. Installation method and uninstallation method
3. Limitations of sample version and price of product version and how to obtain it
4. How to play VR movies
5. Information and copyright information on Unity Asset included in this software
6. Restrictions
7. Customization information
8. todo
9. Revision History


1. Information of this software
Software name: Channel Player for Desktop
Version: 1.06
Types: VR video player application
Creation date: 2019-03-24
Copyright holder: Applet LLC
Contact: applet@bp.iij4u.or.jp
Distributor: Applet LLC https://appletllc.wordpress.com/

FEATURES: 
 No HMD device. It is displayed on the normal display. It supports up to 8 multi-displays, and each camera can be assigned a separate camera to display part of the VR space.
The playback unit of VR movie is folder unit and playback of multiple files can be continued.

Reprint and License: Promotion version can be reprinted. To continue using the promotion version, purchase of the product version is required.
 The product version is not reprinted. We do not allow you to publish on the Internet or give it to others.
 Only one person can use it. Installation on multiple devices is not allowed.

Compression format: zip
Operating environment: Windows 10 64 bit
Input device: keyboard, XBox game controller
              It can not be operated with the mouse.
Development Environment: Unity 2017.4.22f1
 Please refer to 5 for the Unity Asset and other copyright information used.

Difference between promotion version and product version:
There is no functional limit difference between promotion version and product version.
However, if you want to continue using it, you need to purchase the full version at a price of $ 5 (US dollars) including tax.
In addition, the version corresponding to Oculus Rift and FOVE 0 is a separate application.

2. Installation method and uninstallation method
(1) Installation
 For the first installation
 Please open the obtained zip file. Please open the following files after opening.

 In case of promotion version
  Execute Setup_CP_Desktop_106(Promotion).exe 

 For product version
  Execute Setup_CP_Desktop_106.exe

 English or Japanese can be selected as the language during installation.
 Please select the installation destination and proceed.

 The default installation location is as follows. It differs between FOVE version and Rift version.
 [User name] is the name of the user you use.
 If you update it, it becomes the previous installation folder.

  C:\Users\[User name]\AppData\Roaming\Applet LLC\Channel_Player_for_Desktop

 You can place a shortcut icon on the desktop or start the application after the installation is completed.

 Installation of update version, or switching from promotion version to product version
 You do not need to perform the following uninstallation work, and if you execute the acquired product version Setup file, it will be overwritten and installed.


(2) Uninstall
 Please select the following name from the "application and function" of Windows and execute uninstallation.

  Channel_Player_for_Desktop 1.06

  In the promotion version, the name "(Promotion)" is attached to the name.

 There are also files in the following folders created at the time of execution, so delete them using Explorer if you do not need them.
 [User name] is the name of the user you use.

  C:\Users\[User name]\AppData\LocalLow\Applet LLC\Channel_Player_Desktop

 Also, information will remain in the registry, so delete the following registry entries if you do not need them.

  HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Applet LLC\Channel_Player_Desktop


3. Limitations of promotion version and price of product version
 There is no functional difference between the promotion version and the product version. Setup file name is different only.

 Although there are no restrictions on the product version, the selling price is 5 dollars (US dollars) including tax.

 Open the following URL in the browser and click the link to purchase the product version of Channel_Player_Desktop You can purchase with Paypal or credit card. 
 Please note that it is an application different from Channel_Player.

https://appletllc.wordpress.com/software/


4. How to play VR movies
 After that, we will call Channel_Player as player in this readme.
 This section explains video playback procedure, how to operate with browser and player.
 See also 6. limitations and 7. customization information.

 This player can play VR movie in folder unit saved on PC.

(1) Execute player
When the player is started for the first time, it moves to the setting screen of the folder where the VR movie is saved Please set the folder. To move, press the Esc key or the B button of the XBox game controller Please push.

  About folder setting
  On the folder setting screen, if you manage and store VR movies by folder, you can select and set the above folder where those folders exist.

 When you start the player for the first time, the setting screen of this folder will be displayed.
 In this dialog, you can use the Up / Down / Left / Right and Enter keys on the keyboard.
 For XBox game controllers, Up / Down / Left / Right of D-Pad and A button can be used.

 Setting method:
 The first time you boot up, a list of drives is displayed.
 If you move the cursor and select the button with the drive name displayed and press Enter or A button, the folders in that drive will be listed.
 In addition, move the cursor to select the folder you want to select and press Enter or A button to display the folder at the top of the screen.
 If the drive or folder you want to set is not displayed in the list, press the up and down arrow buttons on the right side of the screen.

 When it becomes the folder you want to set up, it will be set by pressing the "Close" button at the bottom right of the screen at the end when you press the Enter or A button.

 If you press the Clear button at the bottom left of the screen, the settings are initialized and the drive names are listed.
 Push Esc key or B Button or Click the App. Exit button to end the player.

 About VR movie selection playback
 When the folder setting is made, it becomes the VR movie selection screen.
 A movie can be selected for each folder that exists under the set folder.
 If there is a display called "I can not find a playable title." or "Folder is Empty. Please ESC key or Push B Button and Set Another Folder. " at the bottom of the screen, it means that a playable video file could not be found in the set folder.
 Since there is a possibility that the folder structure has been changed, please review the folder setting.

 The cursor keys Left / Right key, Enter key, Esc key on the keyboard are available.
 In XBox game controller, Left / Right of D-Pad, A button, B button can be used.

 If a still image file exists in that folder, the first thing found is displayed as a thumbnail image.
 If there is no still image file, a blue screen will be displayed.
 Also, if there are multiple movie files, they will be played sequentially starting with the one that was found first.
 When playback is completed, the screen returns to the VR movie selection screen.

 If you want to select a folder different from the currently displayed folder, press the Left / Right key to move to another folder.
 If the movie you want to watch is displayed, playback will start with Enter or A button there.

 If there are many folders, you can jump 1/10th of the total number of folders by pressing F key or B key on the keyboard, Left and Right on D-Pad twice. If the number of folders is 10 or less, it does not change from 1 click.
 With three clicks, the folder at the start position or the last position is displayed.

 When you press and hold the Leff / Right key or the Left / Right button of the D-Pad, it will be displayed in the automatic scrolling display. To stop automatic scrolling, click Left / Right.
 Press the Esc key or B button to move to the folder setting screen.
 
 When you finish playback and exit the player, you remember the position of the last played folder and it will be displayed from that folder on the next launch.
 In addition, if the folder structure etc. are changed, there is a possibility that it may not be the same position as before.

  About the movie format
 For a file to be played for the first time, it will play as being in 180 Side by Side format.
 However, if the following keywords are present in the file name or part of the folder name
 Recognize that each format is, change the video format and start playing.
 If there are two or more keywords in the folder path name and file name, we adopt the last one found.

 _ 180: 180 format
 _ 360: 360 format
 _TB, _OU: Top Bottom (OverUnder) format
 _SBS, _LR: Side by Side (LR) format
 _Mono, _MO: Things that were taken with a single eye rather than stereo

 If you change the video format by Up / Down key (D-Pad Up / Down 2 clicks) during playback, you will learn each file, not by folder.

 If you can not judge from the saved settings or file name, take over the setting of the movie you played just before.


(2) Explanation of keyboard and XBox game controller which can be used during player operation
 In order for the input to work, it is necessary for the player to be running in the foreground on the desktop of the PC.

 Enter / space: A button:  This is a toggle action of play, pause.

 Esc key: B button: End playback

 Cursor Right: Right:  Advance video playback position by 10 seconds
However, if it is within 10 seconds from the end, jump to the corresponding position in the next file.
However, if there is no next file, it jumps to the position of the remaining 5 seconds from the moving end position.
Press and hold Right to enter fast forward mode.

 Cursor Left: Left: Movie playback position is returned by 10 seconds
If it is within 10 seconds from the beginning, it jumps to the corresponding position in the previous file.
However, if there is no previous file, it will return to the start position.
 Also, press and hold Left to return 10 seconds in succession.
 
 F key: Right 2 times Click: Advance the video playback position by 1/6 of the whole length of the movie file.
If it is within 1/6 of the last place, jump to the corresponding position in the next file.
However, if there is no next file, it jumps to the position of the remaining 5 seconds from the moving end position.

 B key: Left click twice Click: Returns the video playback position by 1/6 of the whole length of the movie file.
If it is within 1/6 from the beginning, it jumps to the corresponding position in the previous file.
However, if there is no previous file, it will return to the start position.

 N key: Right three times clicks: Jump to the beginning of the next file found in the folder.
However, in the case of the last file, it jumps to the position of the remaining 5 seconds from the moving end position.

 P key: Left three times click:  If the playback position is longer than 10 seconds from the beginning, return the playback position to the beginning.
If it is within 10 seconds, jump to the beginning position of the previous file.
However, in the case of the first file, it jumps to the first position.

 R key: Down three times Click: Reset all camera settings to their default values.

 Cursor Up: Up 2 times Click: Change the video format. 360, 180, 2D sequentially.

 Cursor Down: Down 2 times Click: Change the video format. Set it to Side by Side (LR), Top & Bottom (Over Under), Mono sequentially.

 V key: Up once click:  Displays folder name and time information. Press it while displaying to erase the display.

 H key: Down once Click:  Displays the key assignment information. Press it while displaying to erase the display.

 X key: Menu button In the multiple display environment, each time you press, the next camera is controlled.
 I, J, K, L key: Right stick Move the direction of the camera.

 W, S key: Left stick Zoom in and out.

 Z key: View button Capture video and create thumbnail images.


5. Information and copyright information on Unity Asset included in this software

icon
139 Vector Icons by GDev
https://assetstore.unity.com/packages/2d/gui/icons/139-vector-icons-69968

200+ Console Controller Icons by KENDOSOFT
https://assetstore.unity.com/packages/2d/gui/icons/200-console-controller-icons-93399

SkyBox
Planet Earth skyboxes pro by TAGIT EAST 
https://assetstore.unity.com/packages/2d/textures-materials/planet-earth-skyboxes-pro-96430

AVPro Video 1.9.12
https://assetstore.unity.com/packages/tools/video/avpro-video-56355


6. Restrictions
(1) player application
  - In the sample version, the playback of the VR movie file is only 60 seconds. When the jump destination exceeds 60 seconds when the play position is changed Play will end.
  - If the screen displayed on the PC desktop screen is not at the front, it can not be controlled from the keyboard or controller.
  - When playing back multiple files, there is a little time to move to the next file. Also, it takes a little time to replace the movie file when changing the playback position.
   Also, since the position is changed after playback starts from the beginning at the beginning of playback of the previous file, the start position may be displayed for a moment.
  - When changing the playback position during playback of a VR movie file, the sound is muted, but if a large sound is recorded, a large sound may appear immediately after playback at the jump destination.
   Please be careful.
  - Still image files adopted as thumbnail images of folders have only three extensions, .jpg, .jpeg, and .png.
   It will be displayed so that the length and breadth will fit exactly, but if it is not 16: 9 aspect ratio, it will be displayed repeatedly to fill the gap.
  - If the extension of the movie file of the folder is .mp4, .mkv, .m4v, .mov, .avi, .webm, it is judged to be a moving picture file.
   If it can not be played back, it may be influenced by AVPro Video asset restrictions or your PC graphics card etc.
  - Thumbnail images and movie files in folders are determined in the order in which file names are displayed in NTFS format HDDs.


7. Customization information
 Nothing in particular.


8. todo
 Digital signature of binary
 Support for playlists and AUTO LIST
 Search function, multiple folder correspondence
 Resume function, saved camera setting
 still image display
 etc ...


9. Revision History

2019-03-24 1.06
- Function addition
 Added screen capture and thumbnail image creation function.

- Function change
 With the addition of the screen capture function, the key definition has been changed as shown below.
 Screen capture: Z key, XBox controller View button
 Control camera change: X key, XBox controller Menu button

2019-02-24 1.05
 1st Release. Dedicated from Channel Plyaer of Rift and FOVE version, desktop version only displayable even without HMD.

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