TEST VERSION 2.17.18 released

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carl
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TEST VERSION 2.17.18 released

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Download it now from here.

This is a test release of the new unstable series 2.17.x of DCP-o-matic, which includes everything in 2.16.86 and adds some new features and fixes.

You are advised to use this version only for testing, not in production systems.

This version will convert the XML files containing your cinema, screen and DKDM recipients to SQLite3 format (leaving the old XML files behind). If you change any of these details the changes will not be visible to older DCP-o-matic versions. It is a good idea to back up your cinema and DKDM recipients files (if you use those features) before installing this version.


Full list of changes

  • Cinema and DKDM recipient information is now stored using SQLite (rather than XML), meaning that use of shared cinema database files should be more reliable.
  • DCP-o-matic now takes video frame timing information from sources in a (hopefully) more reliable way, which should fix video/audio sync errors in a number of cases.
  • Support has been added for a commercial (paid-for) GPU-based JPEG2000 encoder (‘Grok’) that provides dramatic encoding speed-ups with Nvidia graphics cards on Ubuntu 22.04.
  • There is now experimental support for playback and creation of MPEG2 DCPs.
  • The user interface for making VFs has changed. You can now set them up using a separate dialogue box, which can be opened with the ‘Version File (VF)...’ option in the ‘Tools’ menu.
  • A new user interface for setting up reels has been added, which allows setup of custom reel breaks.
  • UTC offset for KDMs is specified when KDMs are created, not when setting up the ‘Cinema’. This is to avoid difficulties when cinemas are in places where timezones change through the year (e.g. where there is daylight saving time).
  • A separate DCP verification tool is included.
  • Add option to copy content settings from another project.
  • Template features have been improved, and some default settings removed in favour of using a template.
  • DCP-o-matic can make text or HTML reports during verification runs.
  • DCP-o-matic is now linked against openjpeg 2.5.2. This provides some worthwhile speed-ups compared to the previous version.
  • DCP-o-matic is now linked against FFmpeg 6.1.
  • The audio language settings has been moved to the DCP audio tab.
  • On loading a project DCP-o-matic will show the DCP panel if that was what was open when the project was last edited.
  • Some XML attribute names were reformatted to ‘camel-case’.
  • Fix some errors related to font IDs.
  • Fix rendering of subtitles where there are colour changes within a line.
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Re: TEST VERSION 2.17.18 released

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Since there are structural differences between 2.16 and 2.17 (test), would it make sense for a user to be able to have both installed (simultaneously)?
I am asking because the path between going from one version to another (mostly from 2.17 to 2.16) seems to becoming narrower.
I do understand that this wouldn't be "a couple of clicks" fix.
carl
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Re: TEST VERSION 2.17.18 released

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On Windows, do you mean?
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Re: TEST VERSION 2.17.18 released

Post by IoannisSyrogiannis »

I mean in general. I haven't tried installing in parallel on Mac or Linux, even though I have installed there.
But my experience on going to test version and back was with Windows, indeed.
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Re: TEST VERSION 2.17.18 released

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On Mac it's easy as you can have as many DCP-o-matic .apps as you like. On Windows less so, indeed - I'll think about whether we can make that easier.
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