And here's the source for full information on
Stealth LayerPlayer, the only *REAL TIME* Flyer dual-stream layering and video mixing program.
Here is some of the feedback received direct from users.
If you want to layer video and key in video with animations Layer Player really is tough to beat. I no longer have to keep going to my Rab Bytes tapes to key animations. Just digitize them to your hard drive and use them to your hearts content. No more guessing with the T-bar or hoping you timed it right, Layer Player takes care of it. Thanks Dan this really is a big time saver for me and well worth the $129 bucks. Keep coming up with great stuff for the Flyer.
LayerFX stuff is very nice. Manual examples are great.
and June 7, 1997
No need to fuss with slow, unreliable tape backup systems, and the batch loading feature of AV8R Pro+ makes redoing a project much easier.
and May 1997
One program thatI just got the latest update of is AV8RPro with the timeline and source control digitizing features. This thing is so shiny that it deserves a page of it's own. I have both versions, the LANC control for the Sony VX1000 which I can report, works flawlessly. I also got the adaptor for the 422 and plan on using it on my VO 9600 SVHS decks, my VO 9850 3/4SP deck, and UV 1800 beta SP deck as well.
And on May 27, 1997, A.S. added the following
I was a great advocate of the batch capture method, as you say, whenever possible. As of last week I've become an ardent advocator of Dan Wolf's "AV8R-Pro+ ", using the Lanc and 422 protocol adapters he offers with the system.
In a word, this is a "no strain - no pain", "no muss - no fuss" way of digitizing. The system accurately and seamlessly records your clips with the pre-determined amount of padding, (selectable,from 1 to 5 seconds). It is truly amazing on how much information a hard drive will hold when digitizing using this system.
No, Dan doesn't pay me. Short of swinging from the trees and shouting "Ain't this Great", I will recommend it whenever possible. The first thing I did however, after my first session with the unit, was call him up and congratulate him on the product. In a word, it's very "shiny".
Thanks for the help, it's a really neat program, and I've already impressed several of my friends with its capabilities. ;)
Logging is actually really cool, cuz now I can log a tape for a project that may not be actually digitized right away. Before there was no real way to separate the two processes on the Flyer. I've got a project for myself that I don't have enough free time right away to do the whole thing, but now I can at least go through it and prepare the edits for later. Cool.
I also just received AV8RPro+. And have been using it with a SonyVX1000. It does work flawlessly. The new batch digitizing features of AV8RPro+ got me to sit down and use the program for an afternoon ... One thing I've been able to do is log a tape using AV8R, save the resulting Flyer project for digitizing at a later time. I've got a personal project that includes 8 hrs of tape that I've been logging now inbetween paying jobs.
A good, solid, fast program. Kudos to Dan!
I'm glad to say that your product actually works better than I thought it would and for that I thank you for producing a really usable timeline for the flyer. Now if I could just get my hands on that hardware controller :)
HI everyone I finally got the AV8R time line program from MegageM althou I also ordered the hardware controller, they were out of stock, and Daniel Wolf said they would be in next week. In the mean time he has sent me the software and I thought I would share my impressions of the software portion with you now.
The first thing I have to say about this software is it's very responsive! what I mean is there is no time lag for it when it comunicates with the Flyer. Daniel Wolf has provided a new icon for the Start Toaster, so when the Toaster starts up you will see in the program menu the AV8R program. Place some clips in the storyboard interface then select the AV8R program from the popup menu, it immediaty starts the program and analyzes your project and displays all your video audio CG transitions etc. in the timeline.
Right away you can see how all your clips relate to each other, what's really cool is I can click on a video or audio clip in the time line and it immediatly jumps me to that clip and displays the video on my NTSC monitor, where ever I click on that clip in the time line it will take me to that part of the clip then I can job back and forth to get just the right in point. there's no panels to open or close the jog shuttle controls are very responsive even in reverse!.
One area that's a real big improvement is syncing audio to video, here's how easy it is to do this on the Flyer now. Just play the video clip to the spot you want your sound effect to start and hit the pause button, play the audio clip you want to sync up and pause it at the percise moment you want it to start, then hit the s key that's it! AV8R automatically moves the audio clip to the precise moment you set on your video clip then it redraws the timeline to reflect the changes you just made.
I have been using it for about an hour now it's really easy to use and very intuative. So far I'm very impressed with it.
I bought AV8R solely on all the good feedback I had heard about it on this list and I can honestly say it works and works well.
I feel if Newtek wants to incorporate a timeline interface with the Flyer that they should use AV8R because they don't have to reinvent the wheel this product works now, why waste resources on doing it over or patching up Radar when AV8R already does it.
I just received the hardware controller about 15 minutes ago, had to go and hook it up just to try it out. Holy Cow is this thing cool! it feels just like I was jogging on a tape machine I'm impressed.
Very cool power has once again been delivered by Dan the Man! Thanks for the juice!
Basically, now you can sync ANY point in any Flyer Crouton (except effects) to ANY point in any other Flyer crouton in an instant. If you overlap video, or leave blank spots, the Flyer takes care of this for you when you play the project. Finally, no more tedious work arounds to set points inside clips to sync with points inside other clips. The Flyer now has its fully interactive timeline. It's lightning quick and a fitting partner to the Flyer storyboard interface. KE
I really appreciate AV8R. Use it all of the time. I have cable loops as Flyer projects that change from week to week and must be 100% accurate. Your system gives me the visual verification I require prior to committing to air and answers the questions that I need answered. Are the audio tracks functional, are the cg overlays and crawls consistently in the proper location and many more....
Anyway, the program is great and the above uses are a bonus above and beyond it's everyday editing use.
P.S. although I haven't had near enough time to play with it the "hardware" is great, has NT seen this thing?
d. wolf entered the frame and lo and behold...
Then he came back into the forest of lost panel openers and invented the coolest thing for the Flyer you could ask for - the AV8R timeline with software controls of Flyer playback, jog, shuttle and in/out point, AND a hardware controller in addition that works in tandem to the conjunction of the function. You hit a button, without opening a panel, and the clip blows your mind! I cannot believe what a wild man this wolf guy is. And no, he did not give me 5 owl treats to say this. I fall out of the tree everytime my beak pokes the play button. Call Santa Wolf and tell him you've been good, and would love to get naughty with your Flyer!
I have been using AV8R about 90% of the time when using the Flyer. A few comments had been made previously about the true need of such a program once you get used to the Flyer interface. I have to say that I used to agree and wasn't sure what the benefit would be. I also had decided not to buy any more major packages for the Amiga while waiting for the PC Flyer. Well, THINGS HAVE CHANGED!
When doing simple, straightforward projects such as a project with no overlapping audio, minimal effects, video clips that are distinct from each other, the Flyer interface is all you need. I have been working on a 90 minute video lately with many CG pages (haven't gone back to count them), overlapping music, anims inserted between video clips, etc. The benefit of a visual timeline was very clear. Problems stand out. AV8R allows you to zoom in or out depending on how much of the project you want to see at one time. In complicated projects, this benefit can't be denied. I can visually scan down the line, looking at the name of the item and see where in and out points are. I can see where overlaps are not right.
The benefits begin to pile up when you have to adjust the in and outpoints of clips. You can do it right from the screen. Jog forward (even with the software only version) until you find the exact point you want, then click "set inpoint". Voila! All done. You then get to see where other audio such as music goes relative to your new inpoint by looking at the visual timeline.
I am looking to buy the hardware controller after the first of the year (maybe my first tax deduction of 1997!) as the ability to just move and click from one controller would be great!
So, why did I decide to go ahead and spend more money on my Amiga? Because alternatives to using the Flyer on the Amiga appear to have evaporated for the next 6-12 months. The Amiga based Flyer is producing projects for us that should be making us a good income well into 1998. AV8R helps us get them done faster and out the door!! As the LW plugin thread reinforced, if it makes you money (read "less time, more money") it's worth it, and AV8R is definitely that! You won't regret it!
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