New Milkdrop defaults

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New Milkdrop defaults
« on: October 16, 2019, 06:53:45 AM »
I would like to suggest that the Milkdrop defaults are due for an update, and to get some user opinions.
The original defaults are based on the common GFX cards and CPUs of the era, but now it is safe to assume most people are using something made within the past 10-15 years with multiple cores, and much higher resolutions than back then.

My suggestions are for increased times for display of the current track and the transition times.
I will give my settings as an example you can try and give feedback perhaps with alternative values.
In the "Artist Tools" tab
Duration of song title animations = 5
Time between random song title anims = 30
Time between random custom messages = 20
Automatically show title when song changes = on

In the "Transitions" tab
Time between auto preset changes = 30
Additional random time = 10
Auto preset blend time = 30
User solicited blend time = 3

Disable Hardcuts is best to have off so you don't interrupt any transitions.

The author of Butterchurn was certainly impressed enough with the longer transitions to consider making the change in the web version, but he won't have had all the extra text effects blending with the visuals.
Try for a while and play with the settings. Nothing in those 2 tabs with dramatically affect the speed of the visuals or processing needs.
The stuff in the previous tab "More Settings" is probably fine as it is, though maybe we could  push the mesh size up 1 or 2 notches.
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Re: New Milkdrop defaults
« Reply #1 on: October 18, 2019, 04:01:43 PM »
I'm indifferent on this so over to you lot to decide what happens  ;)

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Re: New Milkdrop defaults
« Reply #2 on: October 20, 2019, 07:43:30 AM »
This kinda relies on community feedback and opinion, so please speak up people even if you want to say you are happy with the current defaults.
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Re: New Milkdrop defaults
« Reply #3 on: October 20, 2019, 08:18:21 PM »
The changes you propose to the blend time and song title animations don't have anything to do with increased CPU/GPU power, so I'm not sure why you cite that as the reason for updating the defaults.

The default graphics options (mesh size and whatnot) could be increased slightly; I don't see a huge difference between them, so I'm not convinced it's necessary.

I think a 30 second blend time is *way* too high, especially with the auto preset change time set to the same amount. 30 seconds between showing the song title is way too frequent, as well. I just don't see a reason to change any of those defaults, and certainly not to the extent you propose.

Also, I suspect most users for whom changes to the default settings would be meaningful are the same users who customize the defaults anyway.

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Re: New Milkdrop defaults
« Reply #4 on: October 21, 2019, 03:13:52 AM »
You have to bare in mind how well visualisers are made as some can induce a lot of frame drop.
I have also imported my collection of presets from my winamp install.

The overlap period with 2 complex visualisers that use a high enough amount of CPU to lower the FPS on their own, is enough to make a noticeable impact in the smoothness during the overlap transition so 30 seconds of stuttering would not be desirable.

The existing defaults are from MD1 and it didn't do pixel shaders back then. It can make older presets faster but new presets made with PS functions are often a lot more complex and demanding.

Setting the mesh size any higher on my intel powered laptop will show a noticeable performance hit during a transition between some of the Martin and Evet presets, hence I suggested going no higher.
The laptop is low spec system for todays standards, but a common low end spec.

I am guessing you have not actually tried the suggested settings before making your opinion, as you haven't commented on what you get to see with this extended period.
The idea is to improve the visuals for people that don't change defaults (most users).

The song title text may seem too frequent but depending on the visual running, the text may become absorbed into the viz and add more randomness, so is intended to be as much a part of the end effect as informative.
I settled on 30 seconds due to having a lot of short tracks and it being a division of the average length.
60 seconds will on average show the song title 3 or 4 times per track.
Unless you are watching the screen for the whole track, there is a good chance you will only see the name when the track started.
If you have it on casually in the background and are not sat staring at it, 30 seconds works out you are realistically likely to see it 3 or 4 times per track.

At the point someone finds the settings too much it will "encourage" them to actually go and inspect those settings and experiment.
Currently it is all off by default so many users have no idea it can do any more and never experiment.
I used to use MD and AVS as part of my VJ setup and people that already used winamp were amazed at what it can do.

Try the longer overlap settings at least and you will see why the suggestion, otherwise you are just guessing.
Then suggest your own preferred values.
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Re: New Milkdrop defaults
« Reply #5 on: December 24, 2019, 09:07:25 PM »
I never really cared about transition defaults, nor do I see any connection to them with performance.

However, I would like see some improvments in MilkDrop in the future, if that falls in the scope of WACUP.


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Re: New Milkdrop defaults
« Reply #6 on: January 06, 2020, 03:37:49 PM »
However, I would like see some improvments in MilkDrop in the future, if that falls in the scope of WACUP.
What sort of improvements?

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