Hey folks, I’m happy to officially announce the new hap video engine package available with Max 7.3.1 via the Package Manager. Those of you with experience using the jit.gl.hap external already know the significant performance gains achievable when playing back HD and UHD files encoded with Vidvox’s excellent Hap codec
The hap video engine brings optimized Hap playback functionality to both Mac and Windows 32 and 64 bit platforms. The deprecated Quicktime library is no longer required. And since the hap package is installed as a video engine, seamless integration with jit.movie is now possible. After installing the hap package from the Package Manager, you simply create a jit.movie @engine hap @output_texture 1 and you’re off.
There are some caveats and limitations:
- jit.playlist not supported
- output_texture 1 only, no matrix output
- Mac: requires 10.10+
- Windows: no reverse playback
Windows users must also convert their Hap files to AVI file format, the MOV file format is not supported on Windows. In order to encode Hap AVI files, you must install the DirectShow codec found here: http://renderheads.com/product/hap-for-directshow/.
After that you can use something like Adobe Media Encoder to create your Hap AVI files.