Blank black chapter windows in WB

cocob1

Cathlete
Quite a few chapters in the WB are blank (from the new Low Impact series) but if I click preview they play in the preview window. Why do I have so many black windows? I'm trying to make a custom mix from the new series but ....:(
Colleen
PS I reloaded the Workout Blender and now it won't open right way as well. I get a a window that says "Importing your Cathe video information please don't move ..." etc. and it takes a few minutes to open the Workout Blender now when it didn't before. I'm confused. It used to work with the videos I had until I downloaded my new Low Impact Series. I have Vista.
 
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SNM Videos

Administrator
The preview just shows the first few frames of the beginning of a chapter. Quite often this will be a "Black Transition" and when this happens the preview picture will just be a black background.
 

cocob1

Cathlete
The Chapter windows are black as well,not just the "preview" I used to be able to see a photo of the workout in the little chapter windows. Now they're black. One is green. No pictures. If I hit play in the preview window it will play but it's not looking like it did before I updated the WB last week.
And the WB now spends almost 5 minutes or more (I gave up counting after 5 minutes and came back later because it takes so long) saying it's importing the videos so I can't use the WB right away. I don't remember it doing that before. I haven't been able to use the new WB at all. I give up because I have to wait so long for it to "import".
Is this going to change in the near future?
Thanks,
Colleen
 

SNM Videos

Administrator
Sorry if I wasn't clear. I'm referring to the chapter image. If it happens to be on a transition it will be black. In prior versions of the WB it was not possible for us to precisely set where a chapter point would begin. Though the image would usually show for the chapter in the past, the start point for the chapter was often wrong, especially with chapters toward the end of the video. This was due to a limitation in one of the tools we use in the WB. The tool has now been updated and all chapters are now starting at the correct time code. Because some chapters start during a black transition, the image shown will also be black. Eventually we will tell the WB to take the image from further down the timeline and this will solve this issue.

As for speed, sure the WB will get faster with time. This is a very complex piece of software that is just in the early beta stages. Video codec's and software are changing perhaps faster than anything else technology wise. Just a few years ago the maximum quality image you could play on your iPod was about the same as VHS quality. In just two years we have gone from VHS to HD quality and though this is great, it is also difficult from a software development perspective to keep up with a moving target.

The WB contains code that we have written as well as code that comes from tools and apps the open source community and other companies have written. Every year these other tools and apps that make up the WB improve and become more refined. We've learned to be patient as it is pointless to spend 6 months developing software only to have it made obsolete or pointless by an upgraded app or tool or something Apple does.

You will find that the WB gets faster after the first time you let it load completely as it has to create icons and check a lot of folders on first launch. Eventually this step will no longer be necessary, but for now it is needed.

Something you may not know about the WB is that if you create premixes using video chapters all encoded at the same rate you will be able to create a one hour premix in just a few minutes on a good computer. All of the new Low Impact series are encoded at the exact same specs and thus as long as you create premixes from any of the Low Impact series videos it should only take you a few minutes. Eventually, this will be reduced to just a few seconds, but first the open source tools and apps have to catch up with the technology.
 
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cocob1

Cathlete
Cool. I just learned some new tech stuff.
I was going to make my own travel "no equipment workout" using some earlier workouts along with the new LIS but for now I'll just make a mix using the new series.
Thanks again for keeping me in the know.
Colleen
 

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