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    Default Vixen 3.5 Released

    The annual release of Vixen is now available. Version 3.5 brings many new and exciting features.

    Custom Prop Editor: Create custom props for all those irregular items like snowflakes, stockings, faces, etc. Save these props as files and share between users. Supports importing xModel files as well, so that you can have easy access to all of the content that's already out there, including all of the models supplied by vendors like Boscoyo. Custom props contain information to create the elements in display setup and to aid in patching. Simply drag the prop into the preview setup and elements will be created for you. When you go to patch them, they will patch in the element order that's defined in the custom prop.

    New OpenGL Preview. This optional preview viewer uses video hardware acceleration and has advanced functionality that supports zooming and panning on the display. The level of OpenGL required isn't supported on older PCs, so the old preview viewer is still the default. Enable the OpenGL option for each preview in the preview setup screen.

    Added basic scaling and zoom for the old preview viewer

    Drag and Drop to Timeline: Added ability to drop files from explorer onto the timeline. You can create a picture effect by simply dropping a picture file onto the timeline. Same for Video and now SVG files

    New Effects: Countdown Timer, Shapes

    New Layer Mixing Filters: Chroma Key, Luma Key.

    Huge improvements to the mark system. Marks now can have a duration and a label. There's a new marks bar that sits between the timeline and the audio file. You can enable and disable this bar for each mark collection. These enhancements to the marks, and how they're seen open the doors to some very handy interactions with effects. Most Notably, the marks are now used to hold the lyrics for lipsync. They can also be used to influence the behavior of the Fireworks, Text, and Alternating effects.

    LipSync: You can now put your phrases into a mark collection, convert it to a words collection and finally convert words to phoneme collections. The lipsync effect can now be set to use these marks and a single effect can flip thru the phonemes as the words change in the mark collection.

    Lipsync Setup has also seen some big changes. String based lipsync props (non-matrix) are now configured as part of the elements. You can do this from either the display setup screen, or from the sequence editor. When you configure the prop, you assign which elements within the prop group are active for each phoneme. We've also added columns for the outline/background of the face, as well as positions for eyes open and eyes closed. In the past, a lipsync effect and mapping was tied to a specific element. Now when you move the lipsync effect from element to element, it will automatically apply properly to the new element. You can also apply a single lipsync effect to a group of faces and it will control them all. This is great for parts where choirs and quartets are singing together.

    Papagayo Import
    can now import voice tracks from papagayo as mark collections.

    Matrix based lipsync now uses images and are dynamically scaled to the grid. A basic set of phoneme faces is included, and you can easily add your own.

    The 3 preset libraries are now each in their own docker. This allows you to have them all visible at once if you like. They also have zoom support so you can make the tiles smaller or larger to suit your preference. If you prefer the old way, you can still put them all into the same pane to make the tabbed interface you're used to.

    We've also continued down the path of performance improvements. There's been a bunch of enhancements and refinements in the underlying code to make things run faster and more efficiently with a net effect of enabling larger and larger displays.

    All in all this release completes:
    57 Bugs
    17 New Features
    36 Improvements
    For a total of 110 tickets addressed.

    This also marks our 631st version (since we started counting somewhere around 2013)

    Download today at http://www.vixenlights.com/downloads/vixen-3-downloads/

    We've also made an effort to make brief videos on most of these new features. Be sure to check out our YouTube channel


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    Default Re: Vixen 3.5 Released

    Great news ,as I would like to try to get back into Vixen
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    Default Re: Vixen 3.5 Released

    The Vixen Team ROCKS!

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    Default Re: Vixen 3.5 Released

    And let me congratulate you and THANK you for the excellent program you and the rest have put out. I wanted to join the dev team, but as usual, Real Life got in the way. If there is anyway I can buy you a sixpack of your favorite beer as a PROPER thank you, let me know.

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    Default Re: Vixen 3.5 Released

    Thanks for everything yall do. Already working on this years Christmas show I will load it up and give it a try tonight.

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    Default Re: Vixen 3.5 Released

    Running into some problems, want to make sure it isn't something on my machine that is causing them.
    Have Development Build 610 on board and wish to remove it - completely. Unfortunately there doesn't seem to be any remove function - anywhere.
    Can I get a pointer to how to remove the development build?
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    Default Re: Vixen 3.5 Released

    you should have a file in your programs files folder under vixen development for uninstall
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    Default Re: Vixen 3.5 Released

    Just found it. Nothing in the apps list, but there was the uninstal.exe in the dev build folder.
    Going to reboot, then try to install 3.5 now. More as it happens.

    Edit - Ticket added to the bug reporting system.
    Last edited by algerdes; 08-02-2018 at 10:16 PM.
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    Default Re: Vixen 3.5 Released

    Quote Originally Posted by algerdes View Post
    Just found it. Nothing in the apps list, but there was the uninstal.exe in the dev build folder.
    Going to reboot, then try to install 3.5 now. More as it happens.

    Edit - Ticket added to the bug reporting system.

    To remove a vixen installation (dev, or release) you can simply delete that folder in the program files folder. (or Program Files (x86)) There's no real reason to use the uninstaller. The release versions will automatically install to Program Files\Vixen\. The Dev builds will install to Program Files\Vixen Development Build\. You can have many versions installed as you like, just put each one in it's own folder.

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    Default Re: Vixen 3.5 Released

    If you go back and forth between installing release and development, the installer does get confused and suggests the wrong path for the shortcut. So just take look at what it is suggesting for install paths and shortcut menu paths if you go back and forth to make sure it is correct.

    The uninstall will remove the entries from the add/remove programs whereas just deleting the files will not.

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