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Using FXPlayerHost to test Blocks

Using FXPlayerHost to test Blocks

Introduction #

FXPlayerHost is a small application for testing Notch blocks. It is the ground-truth for Notch block integration and performance.

It provides:

  • GUI to test exposed parameters
  • Profiler to see how the block performs on the given hardware
  • Viewport to see the render and any watermarks that may be occurring.

FXPlayerHost is often used for diagnosing functional, performance & licensing issues on media servers.

Download #

FXPlayerHostD3D11_x64.exe is included in the Notch Builder installer under C:\Program Files\Notch

You can also download it separately.

Download FXPlayerHost

Using FXPlayerHost #


  1. Run FXPlayerHostD3D11_x64.exe
  2. Set the target resolution in the Output Width & Output Height
  3. Click ‘Load Bock…’ and select the .dfxdll Notch Block you wish to test

Key points:

  • Once the block is loaded, it will instantly start playing.
  • You can manipulate the exposed parameters by clicking a value and dragging it left and right.
  • Any exposed Video inputs will be provided with a flat colour texture at the same size as the output resolution set.
  • You can load multiple blocks simultaneously to observe GPU load. [NB: Blocks will be rendered at the same resolution]

Monitoring Performance #

FXPlayerHost will show you the following key performance metrics:

  • VRAM (GPU memory) used by your block
  • Frame rendering time in milliseconds (ms) at the set resolution
  • The effective frame rate of the block
FXPlayerHost is a super light host application. Its only workload is to render the blocks. This differs from media-servers who have to perform other functions that take overhead (such as video playback, compositing, output management, etc).

Spotting Licensing issues #

Watermarks appearing over a blocks output are the result of:

  • The Block being exported from Notch Builder Base or Pro
  • No Full Playback license being present on a connected dongle

In each case, you will be given a reason in white text in the blocks rendered output.

SDK Depenencies #

Certain features of Notch (e.g. NVIDIA Background Removal) require additional SDKs to be installed and DLLs placed alongside FXPlayerHostD3D11_x64.exe. Full details are available on the SDK Dependencies when using Media Servers page.