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NeilF
2007-09-23, 11:36
Are there any plugins that can do visuals (as they are) in time/beat to the music?

mherger
2007-09-23, 12:47
> Are there any plugins that can do visuals (as they are) in time/beat to
> the music?

The Visualizer screensaver installed with SlimServer?

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NeilF
2007-09-25, 10:56
> Are there any plugins that can do visuals (as they are) in time/beat to
> the music?

The Visualizer screensaver installed with SlimServer?

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Umm... How do I use it... It's enabled, but I can't seem to set it as a screensaver etc?

mherger
2007-09-25, 11:13
> Umm... How do I use it... It's enabled, but I can't seem to set it as a
> screensaver etc?

Do you have a SB2/3/Transporter? It should be available from the player
settings.

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NeilF
2007-09-25, 14:27
> Umm... How do I use it... It's enabled, but I can't seem to set it as a
> screensaver etc?

Do you have a SB2/3/Transporter? It should be available from the player
settings.

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Check my sig :)

Oh! I see... So the spectrum analyser or the analog or digital VU? Nothing more ambient/pretty available?

mherger
2007-09-25, 20:03
> Check my sig :)

Oh, a rare case where there's some useful information in a sig :-)

> Should be available as a screensaver for when playing? Can't see it!?

What screensavers do you see?

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NeilF
2007-09-26, 01:31
> Check my sig :)

Oh, a rare case where there's some useful information in a sig :-)

> Should be available as a screensaver for when playing? Can't see it!?

What screensavers do you see?

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Sorry, look above and you'll see I did find it - "Oh! I see... So the spectrum analyser or the analog or digital VU? Nothing more ambient/pretty available?"

NeilF
2007-09-26, 10:51
Why isn't there one that at least dones lines/patterns/blobs at random to the music?

SumnerH
2007-09-26, 11:25
Why isn't there one that at least dones lines/patterns/blobs at random to the music?

The display is fairly low-res and monochrome, which limits how much of this stuff you can do. Also, all the screen updates take place over the network from the server side (except for the builtin visualizers you found)--you'd essentially have to do a synchronized playback of the music on the server, do your FFTs to generate a pretty bitmap, and send it over the wire to the player. Ideally you'd know the average network lag to the player and play things back that much ahead on the server so that it looks as close to synchronized on the squeezebox as possible.

That said, a synaesthesia plugin would be pretty nice.

simbo
2007-09-26, 11:37
I fear I know the answer to this already, but it would be nice if there was the ability for keen developers to write their own "built-in" visualisations that could be embedded in the firmware (assuming that's where they're defined).

Trouble is, you could end up with dodgy firmwares floating around and that wouldn't do anybody any good.

SumnerH
2007-09-26, 11:59
I fear I know the answer to this already, but it would be nice if there was the ability for keen developers to write their own "built-in" visualisations that could be embedded in the firmware (assuming that's where they're defined).

Trouble is, you could end up with dodgy firmwares floating around and that wouldn't do anybody any good.

The firmware source isn't public. I wanted to get my hands on it just to fix support for Ogg Vorbis RC1 (the ogg decoder only works with v1.0 and later) and seeking in ogg streams, but no luck (which is entirely acceptable, it's their code and I wouldn't be surprised if it also licenses 3rd-party code as well).

NeilF
2007-09-26, 12:58
The display is fairly low-res and monochrome, which limits how much of this stuff you can do. Also, all the screen updates take place over the network from the server side (except for the builtin visualizers you found)--you'd essentially have to do a synchronized playback of the music on the server, do your FFTs to generate a pretty bitmap, and send it over the wire to the player. Ideally you'd know the average network lag to the player and play things back that much ahead on the server so that it looks as close to synchronized on the squeezebox as possible.

That said, a synaesthesia plugin would be pretty nice.

Ah! OK... Then a couple of nice flowy, beat mapped ambient pattern type things should definately be put on the unit...