BasharOfTheAges wrote:I thought you were using AMVPlayer for playback since they gave you some sort of crap about needing BRD license fees or something?
Ehhh? License fees? No, the nothing quite so dramatic (though such a thing wouldn't be unheard of).
Last year, Plan A was to play the competition off Blu-Ray. I made a lovingly authored Blu-Ray disc and everything, and the AVTech guys backstage would've had no problem running it... ...except for the fact that Main Events didn't have a Blu-Ray player. Why? Because the projectors and scan converters and other super-awesome-techy-stuff didn't support HDMI's HDCP protocol and we didn't have any magic gray-market devices on hand to bypass it. Unlike DVD players, all Blu-Ray players are hard-coded to require HDCP even if it's playing a non-commercial disc.
Plan B was to run the Blu-Ray from a PC using software. That kinda worked, but it wasn't "seamless" enough for me because the OSD would pop up whenever the mouse was moved too close to the playback window in the software we were using, plus the software was glitchy. I was in zero-tolerance mode for anything even hinting of a glitch so I nixed the Blu-Ray altogether.
Plan C was to run the files directly from KMPlayer on my personal PC, though Vlad introduced me to a nifty little program called AMVPlayer which worked even better. And since he was operating the system while I was on stage, he was well familiar with it (though the program was pretty much idiot proof). And just in case my computer decided to do something screwy for whatever reason, we had the AMV chef computers backstage already booted and cued up to take over right where we left off within seconds with just a flip of a switch.
Thankfully we learned of all of this the day before con rather than moments before the AMV competition. Yay planning! We were ready for anything
... ...except for the LACC refusing to turn off the lights.