Video tape measure by Chip Shand
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VJ05a16.zip VJ05 version 16. Start here as the basis (this is a complete installer)
VJ07v1.3.exe A replacement EXE file to bring the above install up to date.
This page is a quick update to make the latest version available. Previous versions and other information is available here!
Note: It may be worth checking Bob Corson's page (the author of the software) for a more recent versin of the EXE at least. His page is at: http://www.s89455333.onlinehome.us/
Video Jump does NOT work in Windows 7 or Windows Vista presently. Windows XP is the recommended platform. Windows 2000 works... but is not the preferred platform. Get a Windows XP machine, patch it to the latest, log in as an administrator and begin the install. NOTE: there is more to it than just running the setup. READ further before doing the install. Five minutes reading here will save you hours.
The first assumption is that you alread have video capture hardware installed. If you don't, go do that. At least make sure that you can do a 320x240 resolution capture in Windows Movie Maker before you try to get the Video Jump program installed.
Before launching the install make the following folder needed by the program
Now make a folder to store jump video captures, I use the following:
Now extract all the files form the ZIP file VJ05a16.zip and run the Setup file to install. If it asks you about newer files, select to keep newer files.
Once the install is done, browse to the folder in C:\Program Files where you just installed the program and create a sub folder called LOUPE and move the 4 loupe files (they are obvious) from the program folder to this LOUPE subfolder.
Now you are in a position to launch the program.
A word to the wise about capture hardware, especially USB capture hardware. For video jump you need 640x480 resolution. In order to get this you MUST be using a USB 2 capture device plugged into a USB 2 high speed port. Plugged into a USB 1.x port will get you 320x240 capture only.
Capture card drivers can be a bit tricky at times. If you are using a USB capture device it may be detected as "new hardware" in each USB port you plug it into. Either plug it into the same port every time, or else before you get to the site plug the capture device into each and every USB port the computer has and make sure the driver installs properly. This can save you a ton of grief on site. If you are using a PC-Card (PCMCIA) and have two PC-Card slots in your laptop, make sure you have used the capture card in both slots before you get on site.
VJ works very wll with laptops provided you can get a working capture device, but there are claymores here... I have a number of very successful installations using the Avermedia UltraTV 300 USB device. While it is obsolete now, it does work and they can still be found online in various places. It is a small aluminum box with RCA inputs and a mini USB connector to the laptop. It has a quirk. The VJ software CANNOT set the input source. You MUST launch the AverTV application that comes with the device use the settings in AverTV to select the Composite input source. Once set, it remains that way and from then on all you have to do when you power up the computer is launch the AverTV application and once you see a picture you exit. AverTV is actually a useful application to launch when setting up your grids anyway. In the laptops I setup, the instructions are to plug in the Avermedia UltraTV 300 USB device before powering on the laptop, then I set the AverTV application to run at startup. If the device is in and working you get a picture and you can exit and launch VJ, if you get an error when AverTV runs, you need to check your hardware.
I recently purchased a very inexpensive capture device from www.dealextreme.com. It is item number 35826
This device seems to work fine though I have not run a tournament with it yet. It is a nice rugged looking device with full size USB cable attached to the device and RCA jacks for input. It seemed to just work with the provided driver.
One issue I have seen is when there are multiple capture devices installed. While this is more likely in a laptop (especially with builtin webcams these days) I have seen it in desktops (plugging in a digital camera can cause issues for example). his shows up in VJ when you show video configuraiton and there are multiple devices in the dropdown list to select from. It seems that when there are multiple capture devices, VJ will use the first one. You can use the device manager to disable the unwanted ones. In Start menu, right click on My Computer and select Properties, click on the hardware tba and select Device manager. You may find the devices under Imaging Devices or under Sound Video and game controllers. Right click on the unwanted capture device (should be the same name as in the VJ dropdown list) and select Disable. You can re-enable it later when done.
If for some reason disabling is not an option, you can use regedit to force VJ to use a particular device. You can really shoot yourself in the foot in regedit so be careful!!!.
Navigate to the registry key sectin called:
HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\VB and VBA Program Settings\VJ05\Settings
Find the key called device and double click on it. Change the number to select the appropriate device from the VJ dropdown list. First device in the list is 0, second is 1, third is... you get the idea...
Here are a few common errors you can get and what they mean and issues you may see during setup and use.
From an operational standpoint, it is important to be ready for ANYTHING. Crashes happen. here are two tips that can help things run reliably.
Having problems getting your video capture card going? Read this first!
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