What is Pinup System, Pinup Player, PuP-Packs and Pinup Popper?
1 - Pinup Player: a program the can be controlled and triggered to play various types media. This can be played on multiple "screens and layers" and displayed on many different "monitors / TVs" in Windows.
2 - PuP-Packs: (Pinup Player Packs)are an active video Backglass that is run by Pinup Player and can be used with (and controlled by) Pinball Emulators. The videos and media can be played on many screens at the same time.
3 - Pinup Popper: a new front-end that "makes use of" Pinup Player.
4 - Pinup System: a centralized install location of all Pinup related programs.
5 - Do I need to use Pinup Popper if I just want to only use Pinup Player (for PuP-Packs) with another front-end?
If you wish to use only Pinup Player for active video Backglasses (PuP-Packs),etc… you DO NOT need to setup or use the Pinup Popper front-end. You only need to install Pinup System, and setup Pinup Player. PuP-Packs are front-end independent.
6 - Got it all Running… Why are my Playfield videos all flipped 180 degrees?
See Video conversion help here;
7 - Something is up? I can launch a table but can't exit emulator back to Popper?
you may have some of your emulators (vpx,fx3..etc) setup to run as admin. its now recommended to run everything on your system as NON-ADMIN, check all apps and remember to turn off admin mode for doflinx, and fploader/FP, and any other tools you may use.
8 - When I exit VP, I'm not returned to Popper. The taskbar is missing, and I can't restart Popper?
If you exit VP manually (not with Popper), you still need to hit the Exit Emulator key ('Q' by default) to return to the Popper menu.
9 - Does this support Hardware DMD? How do I get that working?
10 - How do I setup DOF?
11 - My 4K recording seems choppy… how can I improve?
The default FFMpeg recording/capture does not perform well enough for 4k at good FPS rates. Please check the Recording Table Media section for details on setting up OBS or hardware encoding.
12 - My video playback seems gray and washed out than the real table. How do I fix?
This is due to video playback color range. If using NVidia, go to the NVidia Control panel, under Video Settings. Select "With NVidia settings", Dynamic Range 0-255.
13 - What are Active Playlists and how can I use them?
14 - I heard Popper can auto-record all my media… how?
15 - I'd like my Topper(or other pupdisplay) to stay on during gameplay?
Go into Game Manger(settings for game) and press the ? button next to 'KEEP Displays On" field. You can also set this for the entire emulator in emulator config (like Zen FX3 backglass).
16 - Where can I find PuP-Packs to play some awesome PinUP Player Tables?
17 - When I run PinUP Player Tables(or other tables) I lose focus of vpx (can't press keys to start table)?
First, with VPX the most common solution is to make sure you run VPX in Full Screen Exclusive mode in VPX display settings.
This may also happen on slower systems. you will need to extend the time to keep the player in focus after launch. go to vpx emulator setup and modify a line in the launch script. You will see a line like 'vpxstarter.exe 10 10 60' you want to change that to 'vpxstarter 10 15 60'… you can even try 20 instead of 15 if focus issues still happen.
See here if above doesn't help: http://www.nailbuster.com/wikipinup/doku.php?id=focus_issues|
18 - Where are the default media files? How do i change the default "please wait loading…" voice?
In setup-Media Manager. You want to select playlist option on top and select/set your defaults for each playlist. Its a great feature that if any game inside that playlist doesn't have media, it will try to grab it from the playlist defaults. IF the playlist defaults are empty then it will fallback to emulator defaults. Emulator defaults are stored in pinupsystem\POPMEDIA\<EACH EMULTAOR>\SYTEM change or remove files (remember you need to do this for each emulator in system). Also, if you want to keep defaults but 'blank' some launch audios just for certain games, the simple trick is to use a blank.mp3 (silent) for that one-games launch media.
19 - Im having issues with UltraDMD issues not closing out properly, or PinUP players games staying open when returning to Popper.
see UltraDMD help here:
20 - When exiting a table running a PuP-Pack, it doesn't always close out the PuP-Pack?
Some things to check…
21 - When I browse tables in Popper sometimes it will show similar/wrong media. Like it will show Batman DataEast when it should show Batman Dark Knight media:
You need to fully understand how MEDIA SEARCH field works on a game (in game manager). Popper will use that field to find media for that game, if you want it to be EXACT then Blank/Clear/Empty out the MediaSearch field. If the field is BLANK then it will do an exact media file match to the tablename. If you still want to use the wildcard search of the MediaSearch field make sure it it contains a '*' like batman* .
22 - I get a message about PINUPDISPLAY.exe has crashed when i start or exit an emulator (game). OR when you exit a game you only see the Popper WheelBar and no more video displays are working.
VLC dll may crash if your GPU,TV,EMULATOR does stuff that may crash it while its playing videos at launch/close. Things to check:
First try and see if running your emulator in NON full-screen exclusive mode fixes the problem. (borderless windows).
If running windows 10, right-click on emulator exe and see the compatiblity looks like this (no checkbox on fullscreen opt)
If you must run Fullscreen exclusive make sure you set your emulator to the SAME screen resolution and refresh rate as windowed mode. Don't go from 1920×1080 59hz to 1920×1080 60hz. usually if you see the TV do a black BLINK for a second or two your settings are not optimal/correct.
Lastly, make sure you don't run 10-bit or HDR mode on your screens as that will cause problems of videos playing and changing mid-stream.
23 - Should I have my UAC turned off or not (User Account Control)
Try setting it at Level 2 it may help with some problems you're having.
More Info - https://www.vpforums.org/index.php?showtopic=42803&p=434713