Media Player – Aardvark

NEW Aardvark Media Player


The new Aardvark Media Player was designed to play most media files and to make selective cuts in  video clips reducing overall compute time and disk storage needs. Selections are then output directly to a new video file containing the original source material and renders are extremely fast, even with 4K and larger source material

You can also easily create SRT subtitles – and single frames can be captured at full resolution and bit-depth – great for working with the Panasonic GH5 6K Photo Mode



The new Aardvark Player is for 64-bit Windows systems!

Use the right-click context-sensitive menu to import a clip from the standard Windows open file dialog – Aardvark is a complete hardware-accelerated media player that will resize and position itself on the screen to best fit the source material on import (requires desktop resolution of 1920×1080 or greater)


Aardvark controls are much like any other player with play, stop, frame reverse and frame forward along – use the [ and ] transport buttons for moving directly to the first or last frame instantly without scrubbing

One advantage of using Aardvark is that you can select sections of a clip – and then save only those sections that you want to work with or later convert to another format – this can save an incredible amount of computer render time – and in the case of high-bitrate conversion can save a huge amount of disk space. You trim your clips and save the selections for either conversion to other formats or for importing into other pro applications

Selected regions are shown by marks placed by using the selection tools


Aardvark keeps track of current timecode
and will pass that timecode to files output


As you mark regions, use the up-arrow button to save that region

The resulting file will contain the same source material as the original, trimmed to size and wrapped in a .MOV container



Double-click the video window to enter Full Frame Interface Mode and hide the player controls – regardless of player size. Maximize the interface – then double-click to run fullscreen. The keyboard shortcuts can be used to control playback and to add In and Out marks for output to a new file. The interface can be resized or moved easily when in Full Frame mode. Double-click or use the right-click menu and select “Full Frame Toggle” to enter or exit Full Frame Mode


Right-click select “Adjustment Panel” or click the 3-color button to open the Adjustment Panel







Here you are able to adjust basic playback functions, monitor volume levels and color values, set playback luma range (Full Range 0-255 or Rec 709 levels 16-235)

You can also adjust the playback speed to 1/2 Speed, 2X Speed, 4X Speed or 10X speed – click the Playback Speed button for a drop-down selector


Click the CC button to open the Subtitle Entry Panel

Subtitle panel and shotlist open

As you mark in and out regions you can add a subtitle to that region (to be saved as an .SRT subtitles file) by entering the subtitle text in the Subtitle Panel – simply hit Enter to commit the subtitle to the SRT shotlist

Once you have completed entering subtitles for an entire clip, click the SRT file icon to the right of the Subtitle Panel to open the SRT shotlist – then right-click in the shotlist to save as an SRT file


Now included in the White Dash distribution are monitor calibration patterns from AVSHD and SpectraCal. For the optimum viewing experience, first select a Video Output Driver (in Preferences) – then use the calibration patterns to calibrate your monitor. A link is also provided to the HD Nation AVSHD tutorial video to help get your system up-to-spec

See the SpectraCal website for more information or to download the AVSHD disc images and additional charts.


Clip resolution, framerate, duration, timecode start, timecode end, timecode span and total number of frames information is displayed directly within the interface. Hover over a control for tool tips


Right-click select “Grab Image” to save a full-frame PNG image of the current frame


LEFT and RIGHT – Seek Backward / Forward 1 frame
UP and DOWN – Seek Backward / Forward 1 second
I – Mark In Point
O – Mark Out Point
P – Add Cut to Shot list
R – Reset In / Out Marks
SPACE – Play / Pause
V – cycle subtitle visibility
S – cycle subtitle languages
A – cycle audio languages
F – cycle full frame interface


Aardvark is compatible with most formats including WEBM (VP8 & VP9), XAVC & MXF and handles 8K resolution and beyond. Aardvark Media Player is also hardware-accelerated so playback is smooth even with limited computer resources

 The Aardvark Media Player is included in the V6 tool suite – double-click clips in the V6-Q interface to open automatically



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