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All of the settings are found under System Preferences and should be changed prior to launching PlaybackPro or PlaybackPro Plus.

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Disable Display Mirroring

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Displays

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Uncheck “Mirror Displays”

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Disable Displays Have Separate Spaces

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Mission Control

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Uncheck “Displays have separate Spaces”


If this setting is checked, some Mac and switcher combinations will produce black on all displays.

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Disable Screen Saver

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Desktop and Screen Saver

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Set “Start after:” to “Never”

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Disable Sleep

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Energy Saver

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Set “Turn display off after:” to “Never”

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Uncheck “Put hard disks to sleep when possible”

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Uncheck “Enable Power Nap while plugged into a power adapter”

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Disable Automatic Graphics Switching

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Energy Saver

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Uncheck “Automatic Graphics switching”

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Uncheck “Put hard disks to sleep when possible”

This setting only appears if your system has two graphics chipsets.

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Disable System Audio Sounds

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Sound

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Uncheck “Play user interface sound effects”

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Uncheck “Play feedback when audio is changed”

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Sound

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Select the output device you would like to use for all playback audio

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Disconnect from the Internet

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Network

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Turn off all Internet connections

Background Internet connections may create additional processing and deplete system performance.

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Disable Bluetooth

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Bluetooth

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Turn off all Bluetooth connections

Wireless connections for devices like mice or keyboards can be unreliable in show environments.

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Disable Automatic Updates

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Software Update

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Uncheck “Automatically keep my Mac up to date”

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Uncheck “Automatically keep my Mac up to date”

Unanticipated software updates can significatly impact system performance.

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Disable Time Machine

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Time Machine

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Uncheck “Back up Automatically”

Continual backups can cause computer performance degradation and affect playback.

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Disable Spotlight Indexing

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Spotlight

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Turn off MacOS Spotlight indexing for external drives

Indexing helps macOS locate files faster on a drive but it takes time and can slow down a system.

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Disable FileVault

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Security and Privacy

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Turn off FileVault

FileVault is data encryption and is off by default. Encryption requires significant processing overhead and can impact playback performance. If your system has FileVault enabled, you need to check with the system admin before changing this setting.

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Control Apps On Startup

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Users and Groups

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Minimize the number of apps loaded at startup

Minimize the number of apps loaded at startup. Fewer background apps results in more system resources for playback.

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Enable Scroll Bars

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General

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Under “Show scroll bars”, select Always

Modern macOS versions hide scroll bars based on mouse or trackpad activity. It is helpful to always have them on when using PlaybackPro Plus.

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Disable iCloud Syncing

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Apple ID

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Uncheck “Desktop and Documents Folder”

Automatic synchronization can require a significant amount of processing power and degrade system performance.

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Helpful Tips

Optimal File Types

If a file does not play well in PlaybackPro or PlaybackPro Plus a quick solution can be to re-encode and rewrap the file in a .mov container using QuickTime Player.

Other transcoding software like Apple Compressor or Adobe Media Encoder can be very helpful to process playback content.

Our recommended codecs are Apple ProRes 422 (Standard), h.264 or h.265 in a .mov (preferred) or .mp4 container.

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