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OtsAV DJ / OtsAV Radio / OtsAV TV Version 1.94.027

1.94.027 released on 18 June 2017.

Ots Labs is proud to announce the immediate availability of the OtsAV 1.94.027 release.

This is a free update for all licenses purchased on or after Jan 1, 2017 (more info), and for legacy OtsAV DJ Pro-Classic+ licenses. Information about upgrade purchases is available at the relevant OtsAV buy pages.

For a limited time, Ots Labs is making available upgrade licenses at a special rate. Please visit the OtsAV buy page to take advantage of the current offer.

(IMPORTANT: This version requires as a minimum Windows 7 (SP1). Windows 8.1/10 recommended.)

- New codec support! The Ots Media File format, Ots Studio (now version 1.02.001) and this release of OtsAV now support the following additional codecs as first-class citizens: VP9 and VP8 video, and Opus and Vorbis audio, as used in the WebM media format from Google (and used extensively for YouTube). You can now natively import WebM files, as well as Ogg Vorbis and Opus audio files to Ots files without any loss of quality, and the file sizes will even be slightly smaller than the originals and offer all the benefits of Ots you've come to love and expect such as full and fast seeking support, time-scaling, reverse-play and scratching, non-destructive editing in Ots Studio, etc. It's now easy and efficient to encode/store HD video within Ots files at high quality while keeping file sizes very reasonable. You can now store a music video that typically would have required at least around 200 MB in as little as 40 MB—that's one-fifth—for the same visual quality! Click here for important further information about the new codec support.

- Building on the above new codec support, you can also now import MP4, MOV, MKV, etc files directly with Ots Studio and have them encoded on-the-fly to VP9 video and/or Opus audio (via FFmpeg being present on your system) to much more easily create Ots media from H.264 or other source material non-native to Ots (even other audio-only formats, such as M4A, WMA, etc may be processed in this manner). Click here for important further information about the new codec support.

- Video overlay enhancements. Although the traditional hardware overlay is still used preferentially (as it undoubtedly provides the best performance and stability on the majority of systems - even in 2017!), other techniques have been developed and are now automatically employed if the hardware overlay is unavailable and the OS is Windows 8 or higher. Of special note, AMD video cards under Windows 10 (only) do not support a hardware overlay as AMD has thus far decided to not include this feature in their drivers (unlike nVidia and Intel), which meant video output could not be used in this case. This is no longer an issue. Additionally, for our solution provider customers who often require running multiple instances with video from a single system, the new methods open up a lot more possibilities. If you're using Ots in a solution provider scenario and require multiple outputs, you may contact us for implementation details (Windows 8.1+ strongly recommended, though Windows 7 is also supported through special flags).

- Numerous miscellaneous fixes. Examples: Screensaver, monitor power-down and system sleep is now properly prevented while the video overlay is operating. Focus for the overlay when the main OtsAV window is not on the primary output of a multi-monitor system is also better handled now. Ots Studio is more well behaved now in a multi-monitor environment and preserves its last window size and placement and no longer has a tendancy to mysteriously move when the "Ots Studio Visual Output" window is launched.

- Performance improvements. This release contains many. As always, we periodically optimize and re-architect things as appropriate. Additionally, setting the base supported OS to Windows 7 has helped make certain things possible and/or cleaner and will continue to allow us to make further improvements into the future.

- New edition: OtsAV DJ Enterprise. This is a new product that includes everything in OtsAV DJ Pro, plus 720p HD support for the video pipeline (previously you needed OtsAV TV Broadcaster for this), and of special note it includes in its license terms the right to have a second copy installed and ready to go on a backup system (not for simultaneous use), so you don't need to buy another license if you're maintaining a backup rig. See the OtsAV DJ buy page for full details.

To upgrade other licenses to OtsAV 1.94, please see our buy page here.

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OtsAV DJ / OtsAV Radio / OtsAV TV Version 1.90.044

1.90.044 released on 31 July 2015.

Ots Labs is proud to announce the immediate availability of the OtsAV 1.90.044 maintenance release.

This update is free to all OtsAV DJ, OtsAV Radio and OtsAV TV 1.90-licensed users (including Pro-Classic+ licensed users).

For a limited time, Ots Labs is making available licenses (including upgrades) at a special rate. Please visit the OtsAV buy page to take advantage of the current offer.

(Please note that not all points apply to all license types.)

Windows 10 is here!

Today Ots Labs has released a maintenance update for all OtsAV editions, version 1.90.44, as an interim measure before our next feature release.

This update has been tested with and works well with Windows 10, including all video related features, on both desktops and tablets.

Even for non-Windows 10 users, the update contains significant performance improvements under the hood, particularly relevant for video. You may find that machines which previously were right on the verge of being able to handle a given internal resolution smoothly are now able to do so. Even for audio-only use, this version is faster and uses less resources - regardless of whether you're running Windows 10, 8/8.1, 7 or even XP. (Please take note that this update requires a processor with at least SSE2 support - pretty much any machine manufactured in the last decade will satisfy this, however if you're running a very old Athlon CPU, for example, you may not be able to successfully run the update.)

Concerning Windows XP, the next release for OtsAV will very likely be the last one supporting this old OS. If you haven't yet upgraded from XP we strongly suggest you do, even if only for the security benefits alone.

Although today's 1.90.44 release is not a feature release as such, it does contain an additional feature that will be of interest to tablet users who are playing video for their own enjoyment. While OtsAV is displaying fullscreen video, you can now swipe left, right, up and down to skip forward, back, or play and pause the current playlist. And as before, you can double-tap to escape from fullscreen mode. Although primarily intended for tablet users, these new gestures work with any touch screen regardless of whether the output is on the primary monitor or a secondary. In fact, even if you don't have a touch screen at all, you can still test the gestures with your mouse by left-click and dragging on the OtsAV fullscreen output.

To upgrade other licenses to OtsAV 1.90, please see our buy page here.

Read more about the Esperance / OtsAV 1.90-series of releases.

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Easier to use. More powerful. More fun. The all-new OtsAV, codenamed 'Esperance' - It's everything you've tasted, only better.

OtsAV DJ / OtsAV Radio / OtsAV TV Version 1.90.014/15

1.90.014 released on 21 July 2013.

Ots Labs is proud to announce the immediate availability of the OtsAV 1.90.014 maintenance release.

This update is free to all OtsAV DJ, OtsAV Radio and OtsAV TV 1.90-licensed users (including Pro-Classic+ licensed users).

(Please note that not all points apply to all license types.)

  • Full support for video overlay output on Windows 8 (previously OtsAV 1.90 was compatible with Windows 8, except for full-screen video overlay output). OtsAV now runs great on Windows 8 in all respects and we highly recommend it!
  • Ability to disable video overlay on primary display head by double-clicking the overlay, in addition to the previous method of pressing Escape (very useful on tablets!).
  • HD 1080p source content can now be played when the OtsAV internal video pipeline resolution is in SD mode - no need to bump it up to ED or higher just to play these videos.
  • Watermark and Titling video asset images can now be supplied as PNG files instead of Targa (.TGA) and may contain no alpha channel (transparency information) if full opacity is desired. PNG is now the preferred format (and will be found first if you have both a TGA and PNG present for a given asset class) as it is more widely supported and transparency is handled/interpreted with less ambiguity by third-party image processing tools.
  • Maximum number of images the Slideshow feature can simultaneously handle has been increased from around 16 thousand to 64,0000.
  • Slideshow now supports images with transparency (they are composed to background rather than alpha channel being ignored, as previously).
  • More direct access to categories in the Media Library tab. The Categories menu (drop-down button to the left of OMQL field) has been re-arranged to make accessing Categories faster. Additionally, you can press Ctrl+Q at any time the main OtsAV window has focus to directly access this menu, and then simply press the first letter of your desired category to select it (or cycle through them, if there are multiple beginning with that letter).
  • New "item roll-over" functionality for all lists, allowing access to pertinent information simply by hovering the mouse over the title or artist column of any item. This feature (which may be optionally disabled) is designed to be smooth and slick such that it does not get in your way nor require any additional mouse clicks, yet provides a wealth of info that was previously only available in the Album/Item Info dialog. If you use the Media Library item or album comment feature, you will especially love this.
  • Ability to position the rack area (decks, turntables, mixer and waveform display) at the bottom of the OtsAV main window rather than the top, which may suit some workflows better.
  • Higher contrast "dark on light" colour scheme option for tabs/lists area, which is more suitable for well-lit environments.
  • Ability to suppress display of the Karaoke tab in the tabs/lists area (for those users who are not concerned with Karaoke). Note: this does not disable the Karaoke list or any Karaoke functionality, but makes it less prominent (you can still right-click on an active tab to access a drop-down menu which will include all available lists for your product type).
  • Several fixes pertaining to non-English characters and searching/displaying items in the Media Library. Specifically, with the previous 1.90 version some users were unable to obtain positive search hits against their library when using certain non-English characters. Please note that depending on how your system is configured, you still may need to enter the correct case (upper/lower) of a given character in order for a hit to register (this is never necessary in OtsAV with English-alphabet characters).
  • The video ticker will now display many characters that were previously unavailable (not in the Western European code page). This functionality depends on your system being correctly configured and it should be noted that East Asian character sets are still not supported at this stage.
  • Other minor fixes/improvements.

To upgrade other licenses to OtsAV 1.90, please see our buy page here.

Read more about the Esperance / OtsAV 1.90-series of releases.

Download Options

IMPORTANT: You must already be a licensed user or the package will not work.

Continue to licensed version download page »  Continue to licensed version download page

How to Buy OtsAV »

The latest free OtsAV 30-Day Trial versions also contain most of the above features/enhancements.

Free OtsAV 30-Day Trial Download »

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