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One of the most powerful features of VidBlasterX is its modularity. By choosing the building stones you need, you can build the application that best suits your needs. These building stones are called modules, and can represent cameras, players, monitors etc. To add a module click Modules | Add in the main menu and select the module you want to add. Grab the title bar of the module to drag it to the requires position. Some modules can be collapsed to save space, this is indicated by a small triangle in the module's title bar. Click it to collapse the module, click it again to expand it. Source modules, like Camera and IP Decoder, have a display that shows the video signal. Note to save valuable resources the display is just an indication of the video signal, it is not an accurate representation.

The following commands are available in the main menu.

File | Clear Profile

Removes all modules.

File | Load Profile

Loads previously saved profile from disk.

File | Save Profile

Saves current profile to disk.

File | Lock Profile

When the profile is locked the main video resolution and frame rate cannot be changed and all modules are locked in place.

File | Exit

Exits program.

View | CPU Usage

Opens the CPU Usage window.

View | Log

Opens the Log window, used for debugging purposes.

Modules | Add

Add selected module. The resolution will be placed in the next empty position. If you cannot see it, make the main window a little larger.

Video | Resolution

Selects the main video resolution. Note you cannot change this setting while recording or streaming. If you are streaming using a third party streaming client like Ustream or FME, make sure to close that client first, then change resolution, then restart the client so it can detect the new resolution properly.

Video | Frame Rate

Select the main video frame rate, i.e. the frame rate used internally by all modules (except those that have a setting that overwrites this locally).

Video | Video Renderer

This advanced¹ option allows you to select the video renderer used for the input and output modules. Note these settings only influence the rendering of the video stream in the modules' video windows, it has no direct effect on the actual video stream itself. However there can be an indirect effect, as different video renderers use different resources (specifically the CPU and the video card's GPU). When in doubt always choose the Default setting. See also wikipedia.

Help | Help

Displays the Help window.

Help | About

Displays the About window.

Help | Registration

Displays the Registration window.

Help | Check for Updates

Displays program's version number, and the version numbers of the latest release and beta versions.

¹ Available in Broadcast edition only