Announcing Zoom Player v19 release candidate 1

Zoom Player Beta

What's new in this beta:
  * MPC-VR can now be selected as a Video Renderer for media playback. Some of
    this video renderer's features are not yet supported (e.g. pixel-shaders).
    But subtitles and Dolby Vision support do work thanks to the help of
    Chetan Ullal and his work on the MPC-VR Subtitle Helper component:

  * Added support for 2 more IPTV archive playback modes.

  * The IPTV EPG (Electroic Program Guide) will now add EPG "No Info" entries
    for missing time blocks, allowing archived playback for these time blocks.
    You can see me live coding this feature here:

  * Enabling IPTV's "Safe Mode" now hides the IPTV settings button shortcut
    from the IPTV interface.

  * New "exSetAudioBalance" extended function (not assigned to any key) that
    can be used to specify an exact balance percent value from "-100" (left)
    to "100" (right). A value of "0" resets the balance changes.
    Please note that using this function will not update the balance widget
    in the user interface, only the actual audio balance on the output device.

  * New setting on the media library's YouTube plugins (disabled by default)
    to filter videos shorter than a specified number of seconds with a default
    value of 62 seconds (to hide shorts).
    You can see me live coding this feature here:

  * New "Activities" search strategy option on the media library's YouTube
    plugins. I was hopeful the "Activities" entry point into YouTube's DATA
    v3 API would provide more reliable results, but it seems limited to
    uploads in the last 2 months and some uploads will simply not show up.

  + The media library's YouTube Playlist plugin now retrieves the playlist,
    channel name and thumbnail automatically. Since the playlist image usually
    reflects the last uploaded video, the plugin will use the channel's
    thumbnail for the playlist instead, but you can disable this behavior
    in the plugin's configuration dialog.

    Previously you had to manually specify the playlist name and a generic
    thumbnail was used.
    You can see me live coding a portion of this feature here:

  + The options window's search feature does a better job at highlighting the
    selected element from the search result.

  + Opening the play history dialog (Alt+"H") for the very first time now uses
    reasonable initial values for the columns.

  + The default mouse wheel function on new install is now set to volume
    adjustments instead of the previous default that Zoomed in/out.

  + The "Please upgrade" dialog now shows the current Zoom Player version.

  - Fixed a bug introduced in one of the v19 betas that prevented a
    URL from being replayed through the play history interfaces.

  - When creating a media library YouTube channel with an "@" channel name
    prefix, for example "", YouTube
    can return multiple channels if they share the same name. The fix
    now checks all the channel to make sure their customURL field matches
    the name in the specified URL.

  - The Setting (Adv. Options / Interface / On Screen Display / Actions) that
    allows to force the OSD Actions (Play, Pause, Volume, etc) to appear on
    a monitor of your choice did not work correctly, showing the OSD on the
    same monitor as the player window instead.

  - Using Shift+"/" to Cast a video using libVLC accidentally forced all the
    next videos to play using the libVLC media engine until Zoom Player was

  - Fixed a few cases where changing the current play position was not shown
    correctly in the active playlist entry.

  - When playing media of unknown video resolution, the timeline will no
    longer display "0x0" if you enabled resolution display on the timeline.

  - Playing audio-only media files using the libVLC engine did not show
    the audio mode TAG display. Please note that audio-only media detection
    using the libVLC engine is based on the media file's extension, for
    example ".mp3" or ".wav".

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