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Has anyone used Playclaw? If so, what kind of performance did you get?

I am trying to use Playclaw to drive my AmbiBox but it causes some video stuttering.

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Can you describe a little more on what you're actually doing? Googling Playclaw and AmbiBox I can't really put the two together.
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Playclaw is a screen capture program that works like FRAPS if you will. Ambibox takes that information and drives LEDs mounted behind the TV. All of this acts like the Samsung Ambient Light Engine. This is an Adafruit project called Adalight. Works pretty well and is pretty immersive. Just curious if anyone else has run it and if so on what hardware.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LOxKkf8LrbU

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I'm using it with my setup

amd apu 3500
win 8.1 wmc
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i get stutter on the video also not sure how to fix it wish i could cause it hurts watching movies/tv with it on.
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Thanks. I noticed last night that while watching Netflix I did not get any stuttering. So far I've only noticed it while playing back a WMC recorded TV file. Setting compression to None in Playclaw seemed to help. I'll try watching live TV and also a movie through Media Browser to see if it happens there.

I also noticed that the Adalight sketch runs pretty fast but it just doesn't work for full-screen WMC.

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I did some CPU monitoring while running Playclaw using different sources. It seems that for some reason, during certain playback, the MS Security package sucks up an entire core. Turning off the real-time monitoring provided perfect playback.

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I did some CPU monitoring while running Playclaw using different sources. It seems that for some reason, during certain playback, the MS Security package sucks up an entire core. Turning off the real-time monitoring provided perfect playback.

What you mean turning real time monitoring off???
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What you mean turning real time monitoring off???

Disable your antivirus program so it stops scanning and reducing your performance.
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Disable your antivirus program so it stops scanning and reducing your performance.

Right. Not sure if other anti-virus software works that hard during playback, but the MS Security Essentials one does. in there it is called "Real-time Monitoring".

I should see if I can exclude all of the video files from its processing.

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Thanks. I noticed last night that while watching Netflix I did not get any stuttering. So far I've only noticed it while playing back a WMC recorded TV file. Setting compression to None in Playclaw seemed to help. I'll try watching live TV and also a movie through Media Browser to see if it happens there.

I also noticed that the Adalight sketch runs pretty fast but it just doesn't work for full-screen WMC.


I disable windows search indexer using this method http://answers.microsoft.com/en-us/windows/forum/windows_7-files/disable-windows-search-indexer/914286d5-9485-49a9-a3df-f9516c9970cd

It seem to help here a video it's only 30 seconds long but i didn't notice any stutter or anything.also this is from live tv within wmc.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=h9WflGBUpQ0&feature=youtu.be

I couldn't find that compression settings in play claw you was talking about
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In Playclaw I changed the "Video Compression" to None in the "Encoder" tab.

If you use Microsoft Security Essentials as your anti-virus software, it is under Settings and is called "Turn on real-time protection (recommended)". I unchecked this.

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I guess we have different playclaw cause in mine i can only turn it to fast no off switch in the encoder tab for me but thanks anyways seems like i'm starting to get a stutter free exp now.
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Well found out the issue for me playclaw not playing nice on win 8.1 it cause stutter on both wmc and xbmc well changed to windows 8 under ambibox settings now xbmc is smooth as silk but no wmc support its the price to pay.
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