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motion analysis, slow motion cameras, biomechanics motion capture



Release Notes

New Features

  • New capture method displays Live Video and allows drawing while capturing with background capture.

  • New video renderer for smoother playback and less CPU usage.

  • MOV and MP4 playback are supported (requires the QuickTime Player from Apple).

  • Black Background On Text Button: A Black Background On Text Button has been added to the Drawing Toolbar located on the left side of the Pro-Trainer Workspace. By default, Text, as well as the Angle Measurements which appear when you draw an Angle, a Multi-Angle or a Triangle With Angles, are displayed against a black background. Clicking the button changes the background to transparent. Clicking the button again changes the background back to black. The background color of the button changes to indicate whether the black or transparent is selected.

  • Bookmark Notes: Right-clicking the Bookmark On/Off Button opens a new Bookmark Note dialog box so that you can add Notes to a Bookmark.

    You can also highlight a Bookmark using the Bookmark Note dialog box, or you can press and hold Shift and click the Bookmark On/Off Button as before to add a highlight.

    You can delete a Bookmark using the Bookmark Note dialog box, too, or you can click the Bookmark On/Off Button to remove a Bookmark as before as long as that Bookmark does not include Notes.

    If you click the Bookmark On/Off Button while on a Bookmark which contains Notes, the Bookmark will not be deleted. Rather, the Bookmark Note dialog box will open and you can delete the Bookmark from there. This is a protective feature to make it harder to accidentally delete a Bookmark which includes Notes.

    There is also a Left-Click On The Bookmark Flag Shows Properties option on the Bookmark Notes dialog which, if checked, inverts the normal effects of clicking and right-clicking the Bookmark On/Off Button. This is a convenience feature for customers who always or frequently add Notes to their Bookmarks.

  • Color Adjustment:  A Color Controls Button has been added to the Video Viewing Toolbar located near the bottom of the Pro-Trainer workspace. Clicking the button opens the Color Controls dialog box. This dialog box contains options to adjust Video display aspects such as brightness and contrast. Color Control settings are stored with the CAW file when the Video is saved, but the Video’s normal colors are remembered as well, and you can revert to the Video’s normal colors at any time.

  • Display Frame Numbers: A Display Frame Numbers option has been added to the View menu accessible through the Menu Bar located near the top of the Pro-Trainer Workspace. By default, the Position Time Display located on the Video Viewing Toolbar at the bottom of the Pro-Trainer Workspace displays the location of the current Frame in elapsed seconds. Selecting Display Frame Numbers makes the Position Time Display show the Frame number of the current Frame instead. The keyboard shortcut Ctrl+F can also be used to alternate between displaying Frame numbers and elapsed seconds.

  • Email Video/Stills Option:   Clicking the Email Videos Button located on General Toolbar near the top of the Pro-Trainer workspace now opens an Email Type dialog box where the customer can choose between emailing Videos as video and emailing still pictures. Right-clicking this button by-passes the initial dialog and causes the most recently selected choice to be applied.

  • Enable/Disable Left Mouse Dragging: An Enable Left Mouse Dragging option has been added to the Slide/Zoom Video Settings dialog box accessible by right-clicking the Toggle Slide/Zoom Video Button on the Main Toolbar located near the top of the Pro-Trainer Workspace. By default, the option is checked. This causes clicking and dragging in the Video Window to zoom the video or to move forward or backward through the Frames of the Video, depending on which other settings which have been selected. Unchecking the Enable Left Mouse Dragging option causes clicking and dragging in the Video Window to have no effect.

  • Golf Default: The Select a Sport or Activity dialog box which appears at startup now selects Golf by default the first time you open Pro-Trainer. If you change the selected sport or activity, the new sport or activity will appear at startup the next time you open Pro-Trainer.

  • Help File Prompt: If the Help files have not been installed, a prompt to download them now appears when Help->Help Topics is selected from the Menu Bar located near the top of the Pro-Trainer workspace. The download is performed from within the Pro-Trainer application.

  • Import Option at Startup and Import Videos Button: The Where Do You Want to Start dialog box now includes an Import Videos option and an Import Videos Button has been added to the General Toolbar located near the top of the Pro-Trainer workspace.

  • Include CAW File When Emailing Videos:  An Attach CAW File option has been added to the Email Video dialog box used for emailing Videos as video.  The CAW file includes any drawing, notes and bookmark information associated with the video.

  • Release Number: The complete release number is now displayed when you select Help -> About Pro-Trainer from the Menu Bar at the top of the Pro-Trainer Workspace.

  • Resize Video Windows: Video windows can now be resized when the Video Window Title Bars are on. This may be helpful when you are working with multiple Video Windows. The resized positions are not remembered from session to session.

  • Run Pro-Trainer From Burned CD:  When Videos and/or a copy of Pro-Trainer are burned to CD using the Copy Videos To CD feature, a VideoCopy.exe file is no longer created on the CD.  Rather, Pro-Trainer.exe is copied to the root of the CD, so that Pro-Trainer can be run directly from the CD and any Videos included on the CD can be played directly from the CD as well.  Athlete Profiles for any Videos included on the CD are loaded to the Windows registry as the Videos are played from CD.

    When Pro-Trainer is being run from CD, the following message appears at startup:

    “Pro-Trainer is running from a read-only location and some functions may not work as expected.  You can avoid this by installing the trial software from the Downloads page of our web site.  A link to the web site is available on the Help menu.”

    If the recipient of the CD has Pro-Trainer installed on his or her system (or installs it by downloading it from our website), he or she can use the Import Videos feature to copy the Videos from the CD to his or her hard drive.

  • Save Frames As BMPs Or JPEGs: Save Video To BMP and Save Video To JPEG options have been added to the Edit menu accessible through the Menu Bar located at the top of the Pro-Trainer Workspace. These options allow you to save the currently displayed Frame as a BMP or JPEG. If more than one Video is open and the Videos are locked together, all currently displayed Frames will be included in the BMP or JPEG. The BMP or JPEG will include any Drawing Elements which have been added to the Frame or Frames.

  • Screen Capture Tool:  Windows Media Encoder (WME) has been integrated into Pro-Trainer and a Screen Capture button has been added to the General Toolbar, beside the Email button.  The quality of the video is much better.

    Clicking the button opens an options dialog.  Right-clicking on the button avoids this dialog and causes the most recently selected options to be applied.  The button is depressed while recording is active.  Pressing the button again causes recording to stop. The state of the button is displayed as follows: white for off, green for on, yellow for paused.

    Alternatively, the following keyboard shortcuts can be used: F4 for to start or stop screen capture and Shift+F4 to pause or resume screen capture when screen capture is running. Previously, F4 was used to play or pause video, but the space bar does this as well. If you used to use F4 to play or pause video, you should now use the space bar instead.

    Right-clicking the Windows Media button on the Video Viewing Toolbar will still launch WME in case anyone still wants to access it manually, but we do not recommend screen capturing using this method.

  • Video Properties Notes Field: The Notes button on the Video Properties dialog box has been replaced with a large, editable Notes field. A More Options Button at the bottom right of the Notes field opens a dialog box similar to the dialog box used to add Text to Video. This dialog box provides the option of adding pre-set standard phrases just as you can when drawing Text.

Improvements

  • multi-camera Capture: When you save a Video captured in multi-camera Capture With Multiple Camera Support mode, Drawings on all camera views are saved. Previously, only Drawing Elements on the Active view were saved.

    Also, the message that appears when you click multi-camera Capture in the Capture Type dialog box when using the software in Trial Mode has been improved to make it more clear. The message informs the user that once the Trial is over, one must purchase a multiple camera version of the software in order to continue using this feature. Some users of the Trial, however, were misinterpreting the old version of the message as saying that multi-camera Capture is not enabled in the Trial version of the software, which is not the case.

  • Bookmarks: The ability to bookmark both the odd and even fields of a frame has been added. Previously, only one of the two could be bookmarked at a time.

  • Emailing Videos: When emailing Videos, Windows Media Encoder directly rather than opening the application, which makes the process much faster.

  • Import Videos:  Improvements to the import Videos feature include a new option on the Import Files dialog box to only import the videos created since the last import, the automatic creation of a corresponding CAW file (the file which contains any analysis you add to a Video) when a file is imported and a sort feature which automatically saves Pro-Trainer files in the appropriate athlete's folder no matter who the currently Selected athlete is. This last improvement is especially helpful if you are importing Pro-Trainer format Videos from a CD burned using Pro-Trainer or if you are transferring Pro-Trainer format Videos from an external hard drive to a main hard drive.

  • Installer: Almost all the files in the install folder are now contained in the Pro-Trainer.exe file itself (WM profiles, Default.xls, MFC and system DLLs).

    Also, the downloadable installer now includes a Samples Folder containing a few sample videos.

  • Layers: The active layer is now yellow instead of gold to more clearly distinguish it from the inactive layers.

    Also, the way the Layer Buttons work has been improved. Previously, you clicked a Layer Button both to make it the active Layer and also to turn the Layer on or off, so sometimes you had to click twice to obtain the desired combination of active/inactive/on/off and customers found it confusing. Now, clicking makes a Layer the active Layer and right-clicking turns a Layer on or off.  A Layer still cannot be turned on or off while Pro-Trainer is in Drawing Mode.

  • Lock Videos: For clarity, the Lock Videos Button now looks different depending on whether the Videos are locked or unlocked. When the Videos are locked, the button is red and looks like a locked padlock. When the Videos are unlocked, the button is blue and looks like an unlocked padlock.

  • Open Videos: Several performance improvements have been included for Open Videos.

    In addition, the Select athlete listbox in the Open Videos dialog box now has focus.  This means that you can easily select a athlete by inputting the first few characters of his or her name (example: “mik” or “mike”).  It is not case sensitive and works for Unicode characters.  You can press Enter after the correct athlete is selected, double-click on the name or press the OK button.

    Also, customers were confused by the term File Dialog, so the File Dialog Button in the Open Videos dialog box has been renamed to Browse as has the related option under Tools -> Options -> General accessible through the Menu Bar located at the top of the Pro-Trainer Workspace.

  • Select athlete:  The Select athlete listbox now has focus.  This means that you can easily select a athlete by inputting the first few characters of his or her name (example: “mik” or “mike”).  It is not case sensitive and works for Unicode characters.  You can press Enter after the correct athlete is selected, double-click on the name or press the OK button.

  • Snap Angle: For clarity, the Snap Angle Button now looks different depending on whether the feature is off or on. When Snap Angle is off, the button looks like a 45 degree angle. When Snap Angle is on, the button looks like a right angle. The color in each case has also been changed to gold to group the button visually with the Basic/multi-camera Button, which also affects the function of the Drawing Tools.

  • Start Up File On Command Line (for OEM versions of Pro-Trainer): Two checks have been added to the Start Up File On Command Line Feature. First, an error message appears if the indicated file does not exist. Second, if the indicated file is an AVI or other valid media file, the corresponding CAW file be automatically be created. Previously, only CAW files could be used.

    Video Properties: When the Video Properties dialog box is opened for editing, the Rating button selected the last time the box was opened is now highlighted.

  • VCR Controls: Improvements have been made to the VCR controls for the camcorder in Easy Capture and multi-camera Capture to make them more responsive.

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