Winamp visualization in hardware form

RezN8 Jul 13, 2004

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    I've been recording Winamp visuals onto video, but can't help missing the realtime graphic interaction with the sound. Does anyone know of a hardware device (not a PC, laptop, etc) which would take an audio input & push out graphics to a TV?
     
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    Sorry, don't know about that but have you got Hotlist for winamp avs? Works best on a version 2.x version of winamp

    Hotlist <--Click
     
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    Thanks for that, I'll give it a play :Wink3:

    It's still PC based, & they can be a bit temperamental when used live, so I guess the quest continues to find some hardware to do it. :wizard1:
     
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    It's nice coz it gives you an interface where you can build sets of visualisations by dragging and dropping them to the main window. You can save each set for quick loading, so you could build a slow, non-synced set for warm-ups, a mad strobey flashing one for peak time, etc.

    By capturing a still of each visualisation it makes an icon you can click to select each one. You can see at a glance which one you want.

    The only problem i found was that if you're using 2 monitors, one for hotlist and the other as the output (e.g. projector) you have to make the output one primary as overlay isn't supported on secondary monitors (try dragging the display window to your secondary monitor if you have one to prove this) It's a pain moving all the icons, removing taskbar, etc from the primary and it also means any error messages pop up on the projector. I used the ATI desktop manager tool to save the setup so i can change to it easily coz it took a while to get it set right. However it's all free so what do you expect! :Grin: Don't forget to use pixel doubling to keep the framerates nice and high
     
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    Trust me - the hardware would still be software-controlled, and as such just as prone to flubbing as a PC. (Don't believe me? I've seen a JP8000, a Virus B and C crash several times in the last year or so)

    The trick is to get a stable system running, which with 2k and (to a marginally lesser extent) XP is easy, simply a matter of turning all the unnecessary 'services' and system tray items off - you'd be amazed how much system instability is caused by memory-resident programs that are never actually used 999,999 out of 1,000,000... :Wink3:

    For example, my work machine (P3 833, Win2k) hasn't been powered down for over 2 months now and it hasn't hung yet. My home machine (AMD XP2600+. XP) has only hung due to a known bug in SX2, and my laptop (P4M, XP) has been fine since turning the unnecessary services off.

    *touches wood*

    J.
     
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    Thanks for the info guys - I'll give it a serious play upon my return :Wink3:
     
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    slightly off topic, but does anyone know how to get winamp visuals (milk drop in particular) to run off external sound sources? (through line input of computer)
    i've been trying every which way, but it dont wanna play :mad:
     
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    yep, connect the line-in to your soundcard then make sure that the line in is selected and volume up in the Volume Control panel in windows.

    Then go to Winamp and select open url and type:

    linein://


    You'll now have a direct input to winamp for syncing purposes. You also use this for shoutcast/peercast to do live mixes, etc
     
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    Which version of WinAmp?

    I *think* Winamp 5 already has a line-in input available, but you need a plug-in to do it with Winamp 2.

    J.
     
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    The line-in plugin (it seems) just gives a better decoding algorythm than the stock one (but with latency). I think you still need to open the location as before. Also i'm not too sure of WA5 compatibility with Hotlist/AVS/etc

    I still use 2.9x with the 2.8x AVS part
     
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    AFAIK, WA5 is completely backwards-compatible with WA2 (unlike WA3)...

    Confused? You will be.... :Wink3:

    J.
     
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