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Thread: Interface for playing looping HD Video off of Hard Drive?

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    The company I work for is currently looking into creating a usable interface for playing HD video off of the hard drive of a machine. This will be a one-off project with no need to be dynamic, but likely needs to be easy to use and extremely stable with no framerate issues due to the software. Obviously this is a hard thing to handle due to the fact that it's not something that's done very often on a computer, but it's important that the video remain on the computer's hard drive and play off of that, so we're looking for a software package capable of it.

    Premiere Pro 2 - Does this play video in real time very well, and if so, can it loop video infinitely and could there theoretically be an interface tied to it?

    Vegas DVD Architect - We know that you can theoretically create a DVD which is playable off of the hard drive as long as you don't submit the job for burning. Is this a viable solution?

    Other options? Would love to hear some ideas and feedback on this. The important pieces is realtime loopable playback and easy to use customizable interface for switching between videos.

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    Quicktime and many other software solutions like VLC, will loop video infinitly at full screen or native resolution. VLC also uses playlists, so you could loop one video, untill someone or yourself wants to change to another video.

    Yes you could create a dvd disc image which has been set to loop (Most pro DVD authoring software will do this). You'd just need to open it using your dvd playing software.

    "Obviously this is a hard thing to handle due to the fact that it's not something that's done very often on a computer"

    Not really a hard thing to handle, and it is done quite a lot. Creating a custom interface would be the tricky part. Do you need your own user interface or is it being set up for a presentaion/instalation? I'm guessing as you want the video to loop that you're only going to be turning it on once, then leaving it to play for the remainder of the day/night?

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