Free Trial Versions

The free trial versions of Pdplayer have the following limitations:

  • • A session is limited to 5 minutes;
  • • Most command line options are disabled;
  • • A watermark is shown at the center of the screen;
  • • Saving and exporting is disabled;
  • • There is a fixed expiration date.

The trials can also be downloaded from Chaos Software.

User's Manual

Right click on the thumbnail and choose Save Target As... or Save Link As... to download the comprehensive user's manual (in PDF format). Note that the manual is part of the installation, so you already have it if you have Pdplayer installed.

Chris Nichols's Video Tutorials

The video tutorials are in Quicktime MOV format. Right click a thumbnail and choose Save Target As... or Save Link As... to download.

The tutorials can also be downloaded from the Documentation section of Chaos Software's download area.

  • • Introduction
  • • Introduction, Part 2
  • • User Interface
  • • Basics
  • • Loading Clips
  • • Playing Clips
  • • Working with Layers
  • • Alpha Channels
  • • Alpha Modes
  • • Doing Presentations
  • • Full Screen Mode
  • • Collaboration Tools
  • • Color Corrections
  • • Adjustment Layers
  • • Notes and Brush Layers
  • • Saving Your Work
  • • Built-in Webserver
  • • Infinite Workspace
  • • Playing Clips in Sequence
  • • Playing Clips Side by Side
  • • Masks
  • • Exporting Movies
  • • Assembling Lighting Passes from a Renderer
  • • Blending Modes
  • • Exporting to Nuke
  • • Conclusion
  • • Customizing Key Definitions
  • • Command Line Support

Additional Video Tutorials

This tutorial demonstrates how to use the new color key feature of Pdplayer
  • • Using Pdplayer as a LightWave render display
  • • Sending renders to Pdplayer from the Image Viewer
  • • Monitoring a render in progress via the RenderToPdplayer script

Sample Compositions

Fade In/Out

This composition illustrates the fade in/out feature of a layer.

Text Fields

This composition illustrates an example burn-in template that makes use of text fields. It requires Pdplayer 1.0.4.

Please note that the images are copyright 2010 Filmmaker, LLC and are used with their permission. Filmmaker, LLC reserves all rights over these images.

Viewing DCI X'Y'Z' Images

This composition illustrates how to view Digital Cinema Initiative X'Y'Z' gamma 2.6 images in Pdplayer 1.0.4, using the supplied DCI_XYZ.cms lookup table (found in the LUTs subdirectory of the installation directory.)

Image Layers and Channels

These three compositions showcase a new feature in Pdplayer 1.0.2, its ability to use the image layers of EXR and VRIMG files and extract individual channels on a per- layer basis. We used them to prepare some of the screenshots on the What's New in Pdplayer 1.0.2 page.

Note that the compositions require Pdplayer 1.0.2. They will not load in Pdplayer

Depth-based Fog

This sample shows how to use the Alpha Source feature of Pdplayer to achieve a depth-based fog effect. The depth layer has been set as an alpha source of a brush layer that has been painted solid with the desired fog color and the screen blending mode is used to overlay the fog.

The exposure, brightness and contrast controls of the depth layer can be used to control the strength and softness of the fog. The color controls of the brush layer control the fog color and can change the mood of the scene.

V-Ray Render Elements

This is a demonstration of a scene that has been rendered in V-Ray and split into its separate render elements. The left image is the final render, the right image has been reconstructed from the render element layers by using Pdplayer's additive blend mode.

Lightwave Render Elements

This sample contains a Lightwave render that has had its elements saved as separate images, then rebuilt in Pdplayer by using an additive blend. The left image is the final render, the right image has been reconstructed from the four separate render elements. The elements have been color-corrected to achieve a different look as a post-process. You can disable the color corrections on the four element layers to reconstruct the left image as-is.

Color Key with Color Corrections

This is a demonstration of the color key feature in The original image has been shot against a blue screen. A primary and secondary color keys are used to remove the blue screen, and the subsequent lift, gamma and gain corrections take care of the blue spill.

Simple Red/Cyan Anaglyph

This composition demonstrates how to create simple anaglyph stereoscopic images with Pdplayer. The blue and green channels of the left eye image are removed by setting their gain to 0, leaving only the red channel. The red channel of the right eye image is similarly removed by setting its gain to 0. Finally, the two images are combined by using an additive blend, creating a composite anaglyph image.

Note that Pdplayer 1.0.2 has built-in anaglyph support, so this composition is now offered only as an illustration.

Download an updated composition that uses Pdplayer 1.0.2's built-in anaglyph stereo support.

Least Squares Anaglyph

This example demonstrates how to create anaglyph images whose colors are optimized by using Eric Dubois's least squares method, as explained in Computing Anaglyphs using Least Squares Approximation in CIE Color Space by David McAllister.

The matrices given in the paper are converted to 3D lookup tables and applied to the left and right eye images.

Interlaced Stereo

This composition shows how to build an interlaced stereoscopic image with Pdplayer. These images contain the left and right eye views in alternating scanlines and can be viewed with a 3D/stereo monitor such as Hyundai W220S/240S.

The hidden Interlaced Mask layer contains an image in which the even scanlines are black and the odd scanlines are white. This mask is used as an alpha source for the layer containing the right eye image, so that only its odd scanlines remain visible and obscure the odd scanlines of the lower, left eye, layer.

Depending on the position of the Pdplayer window, the left and right images may appear reversed. In that case, use the Invert Alpha checkbox to swap them.

Since Pdplayer 1.0.2 has built-in interlaced stereo support, this composition is now offered only as an illustration.

Download an updated composition that uses Pdplayer 1.0.2's built-in interlaced stereo support.