Userful Network Video Wall 8.0: Release Notes

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(Updated 2015.08.06)



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Introduction

Userful Network Video Wall™ enables you to group many displays to form a large display using one host PC/server. Userful's video wall solution is designed to use both the CPU and the GPU to maximize performance.

Component Package Versions

  • Userful MultiSeat: userful-videowall-0.9.6-53_gcc60162.x86_64
  • EST Driver: nhci-0.9.21-1dkms.userful2.25.52bee5f.el7.x86_64
  • SMSC Driver: xf86-video-smsc-2.3.36.7998178-1.el7.x86_64

Bundled with CentOS 7.1 (with Xorg-1.15.0-33.el7.userful0_1.x86_64 and kernel version kernel-3.10.0-229.7.2.el7.x86_64)

Installation

Download Userful Network Video Wall™ 8.0 ISO and create an installation disk

You can also use a USB key to install the ISO.

Features

Userful Network Video Wall™ 8.0 comes with exciting new features and improvements.

Video Wall Enhancements

  • Optimized video wall playback for CPU utilization
  • Optimized switching between session containers
  • Enabled high frame-rate videos to playback at 30fps with reasonable CPU usage
  • Enhanced MJPEG encoder in SMSC driver
  • Improved calibration process
  • Improved playback synchronization
  • Improved general stability

Ability to Preset Video Wall Zones

  • Create presets layouts to output multiple content sources on a video wall. For more information, visit Zone Settings
  • Intuitive drag and drop interface to assign zones to session containers
  • Start and Stop zone playback with one click
  • Choose canvas size, select input station, route sound to host PC/server or input station and enable GPU Acceleration for the zone


More Session Containers, More Possibilities

  • Added Program Runner session container to allow integrators to run the full-screen window applications
  • Added Blackmagic DeckLink Capture session container to support Blackmagic's DeckLink and Intensity Pro cards
  • Added Video Capture session container to support:
    • Live TV Capture
    • V4L based HDMI/SDI Capture Cards
    • V4L based Webcams
    • Userful Network Video Wall™ 8.0 supports multiple capture card, talk to your Userful representative with your needs
  • Added DVD Player session container

Integration with New Content Management System


Control Center Improvement

  • Significant performance improvement and responsiveness of Control Center
  • Added ability to bring up Station's Settings by clicking any station under Station Mapping
  • Added ability to renumber the station
  • Improved Manage Licensing UI
  • Real-time date and time under System Operations
  • Improved Web Browser session container UI
  • Added "Slideshow Image Interval" option in Signage Player session container
  • Added "Drag and Drop" support for Internet Explorer
  • Intelligent application of changed interactive sessions so that user doesn't loose the work if session container configuration has changed
  • UI improvements for smaller screens (e.g tablets)


Core Enhancements

  • Upgraded to base RHEL 7.1/CentOS 7.1
  • Significant performance improvements
    • Faster host PC/server start up and shutdown
    • Efficient Station start up and shutdown
  • Additional diagnostics for host PC/server
  • Additional network and zero-client diagnostics
  • Improved logging and “report a problem” tools
  • Added Automatic Firmware update process
  • Improved licensing model
  • Upgraded Google Chrome to version 44


Support for New Hardware

  • Added support for Intel® Broadwell CPU and 5th generation Intel® graphics
  • Added support for USB only video walls, see Supported USB zero-clients for more details


License Agreement

This product includes commercial software that is licensed, not sold, and is governed by an End User License Agreement (EULA). By installing, copying or using this software you acknowledge that you have read and understand this Agreement, and agree to be bound by this EULA's terms and conditions. You can review the terms of this EULA either by visiting the online copy of the EULA or by consulting the Userful-EULA.txt file included with your download.

Unlicensed Version

Userful Network Video Wall™ will operate as an unlicensed version until you purchase an appropriate license for your system. You can purchase a license from your Userful representative or visit http://support.userful.com/licensing – see the Licensing Guide for details.

Limitations of this Version: The Userful Network Video Wall™ unlicensed software is fully functional, but will display a brief license reminder on all displays every 20 minutes or so.

What's New

  • Added ability to preset video wall zones for easy switching between different layout configurations
  • Significant performance improvements for host PC and zero-client start up and shut down
  • Optimized video wall playback for CPU utilization and switching between session containers
  • Improved calibration process and playback synchronization
  • Added new session containers
    • Program Runner, to run the full-screen window applications
    • Blackmagic DeckLink Capture, to support Blackmagic's DeckLink and Intensity Pro cards
    • Video Capture, to capture live TV, V4L based HDMI/SDI cards and webcams
  • Integration with New Content Management System
    • PADS4 Viewer
    • Signagelive Player
    • UIEvolution
  • Added support of YUAN capture cards
  • Added support for Intel® Broadwell
  • Added additional diagnostics for host PC, zero-clients and network
  • Enhanced MJPEG encoder in new SMSC driver
  • New and improved EST driver for network stability
  • Improved Control Center performance and responsiveness
  • Improved general stability
  • Upgraded based to CentOS 7.1