- New Features
Phota 4.3 includes a 64-bit version of the program. Fairly major
improvements have been made to the Video Capture process. A few
other miscellaneous enhancements. Further details follow:
- 64-Bit Version => Since almost all modern
computers now have 64-bit processors, the 64-bit Phota program should run
slightly faster and more efficiently. It can also load and display extremely
large images because of the vast amount of memory that can be accessed in a 64-bit
environment. (A 32-bit version is still available for people with older computers.)
As with all new versions, it is free for existing customers to upgrade to the
64-bit Phota 4.3. Your existing Registration should still be
recognized when the new program is installed, so it shouldn't be necessary to
enter a Registration Key. As always, you can just send me an email whenever
you do need another Registration Key.
- Video Enhancements => The video functions
for Phota had been based upon the Microsoft DirectShow API, which relied
on COM 'Filters' that could be installed on a computer to encode and decode video
files. Unfortunately, there are very few 64-bit DirectShow COM Filters for
the Video and Audio Encoding Codecs needed to create videos. To improve this
situation, a more recent Microsoft API, the Media Foundation, has been used to
provide an alternative method for encoding videos.
The Video Options screen
has been redesigned to accomodate these changes.
An Encoding API drop-down box has been added to allow selection of either
DirectShow or Media Foundation. This choice will determine
the Encoding Codecs that are available on your computer to be used as Video
and Audio Compressors. The Encoding API selection also controls
which video file extensions will be used for captured videos when AVI / MP4 /
3GP has been chosen as the Video Format. Videos created with
DirectShow will have the '.avi' file extension, while '.mp4' will be used by default
for Media Foundation based Videos (or the extension can also be changed to '.3gp').
- Other Improvements =>
- Gallery Doors >> 3D Gallery
Doors will now show Arrows to indicate their access to Previous Gallery or Next
Gallery, rather than display text labels. The arrows will hopefully be less
distracting, and perhaps more understandable for people who don't speak English.
- Spout Updates >> A new Spout library is included, which
provides alternative methods for continuously sending Phota scenes to other
Spout enabled applications (primarily used by VJ artists).
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