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  1. SpaceX Falcon Heavy Launch

    Hi Ken, The technology is amazing. I could watch the boosters fall back to Earth over and over again. Thanks, Tom
  2. Support for dual/multiple monitors

    +1 for render slideshow on multiple monitors. Currently screensaver limited to primary 1 monitor. I have a screensaver that has option to extend or duplicate (serene screen marine aquarium 3). So maybe this is possible, not sure how difficult. Thanks, Tom
  3. SpaceX Falcon Heavy Launch

    Hi Lin, Elon mentioned after the launch how the Tesla looked like it was fake. He said CGI animation could have generated a much more realistic Tesla in space. Thanks, Tom
  4. SpaceX recently launched their new Falcon Heavy rocket for the first time. The double booster landing is surreal. This 2 minute slideshow was created with PTE, Bandicam screen recorder, and Bandicut video cutter. Backup of slideshow here (80 MB). http://tommendenhall.com/pte/Falcon_Heavy_1.zip Thanks, Tom
  5. It could also be that the CPU is slowing down while on battery power. I have an older Lenovo IdeaPad with a mobile i7-3610 and Nvidia GeForce GTX 660M and it does appear the CPU frequency drops when on battery power. Also I don't *think* that PTE utilizes all the hardware capabilities of newer GPU chips. It supports older GPU that do not have decoding/encoding capabilities. DirectX 9 is getting old. Tom
  6. Even if you force Windows to use the Nvidia GPU it might lower the clock frequency or maybe automatically switch to Intel GPU while battery is discharging to protect the battery. Are you disabling the Intel GPU in the BIOS?. They suggest buying a Li-po battery but that seems like a costly solution. https://superuser.com/questions/855372/why-are-my-games-slower-on-battery-power-even-with-the-power-plan-set-to-high-p Tom * In Windows 10 Fall Creator release update you can monitor GPU in task manager. It might show you what changes when you switch from charge to discharge.

    I think the DVD engine is licensed. Maybe a good compromise is to keep the option to build the .iso image and then use an external burner like imgburn. I have not burned a DVD slideshow in probably the last two years. I rarely watch movies from DVD or Blu-ray. Almost everything is streamed these days. Tom
  8. Anybody use Time Limited Usage?

    Interesting. I didn't think anybody would be using a time or number limit. I thought a professional photographer would use a copyright watermark on their images. Thanks, Tom
  9. I wonder if anybody really uses this feature. I think it was for designed for professional photographers who wanted to demonstrate their photos in a slideshow? The problem is that computers can now use screen capture software that can record high quality videos of the slideshow. I have tested capturing slideshows with Windows 10 Game Bar, Nvidia ShadowPlay, Bandicam, D3DGear, and AverMedia hdmi capture. They can all capture at 1080p 60fps (except for my older Avermedia hdmi capture is 30 fps). Even if HDCP is enabled the new digital cameras can record video directly from the HDTV screen. I think this feature is a false sense of security that your slideshow is protected and maybe it's time to remove time limited usage from PTE? Thanks, Tom
  10. Serif Affinity Photo

    I don't think Affinity Photo will ever replace Photoshop but I prefer to spend my money on other software. For the majority of my hobby needs Affinity is adequate. It will be interesting to see how well the select subject works. I know Apple is having problems with their new face ID detection. I guess neural networks are just like humans, not perfect. Thanks, Tom
  11. Serif Affinity Photo

    I purchased Affinity Photo and Affinity Designer when it was on sale. I really like the apps. I mostly use Designer to make logos and objects that I insert into PTE. I have Topaz Labs plugins that I still need to install after my SSD upgrade today. http://www.miguelboto.com/affinity/photo/plugins-support/win/ I really like their Vimeo tutorials. https://vimeo.com/affinitybyserif Tom
  12. Installed update last night. It required about an hour to install. Interesting to see the GPU listed under task manager now and watch it when a slideshow is running. Today I'm migrating my 1 TB C drive to 500 GB Samsung EVO 850 and 4 TB Hitachi drive. https://blogs.msdn.microsoft.com/directx/2017/07/21/gpus-in-the-task-manager/ Tom
  13. Video Converter-more

    That is a good idea. Other programs like VideoRedo and Bandicut allow you to trim at keyframes without encoding again. If the trim point is not at a keyframe it only encodes the section between the frame and keyframe and then joins them together. I was hoping the graphics hardware could encode in video converter application to speed things up but I believe the GPU encoders only work on H.264 and H.265, not MPEG-4 codec. Tom
  14. Allow file explorer drag and drop into video converter task list. Display information about input file size, duration, frame size, average frame rate, and average Mbps. Not sure where to display information. Maybe right click on filename in task list. Display estimated output file size and average Mbps based on current conversion settings. Support HEVC/H.265 conversion. Thanks, Tom
  15. Steam Link for PTE slideshows?

    Hi Lin, The Steam Link box sits close to the TV and is connected to an ethernet cable. The bedroom PC is also connected to an ethernet cable. There is an ethernet switch connecting both Link and PC together. The link is 100 Mbit. The Link is connected to the TV using a standard hdmi cable. The Link also supports wifi (2.4 and 5 Ghz) but I have not tested because ethernet was easily available. From what I have read newer versions of the Link firmware has greatly improved wifi. There is a detailed stats overlay that shows dropped frames and average about 27 Mbs stream. The latency runs at about 20 mSec. I never have dropped frames and it runs at 1080p 60. I think it helps if you have a newer graphics card because the Steam streaming server running on your PC supports real time hardware encoding using the graphics card. The only downside is that you can not use the PC for other purposes when the Link is active. The PC display mirrors exactly what the Link sees. When you stop streaming you can use the PC. https://support.steampowered.com/kb_article.php?ref=9772-WHJM-4676 Thanks, Tom Update: I tried to capture the Link hdmi output with my Avermedia 30 fps max hdmi to usb encoder but it actually looks much nicer than this. No noise between fades or hesitation with your snow style. The Link does 60 fps decoding if your gpu is relatively new.