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From this menu, you can Load or Save a Delta file, clear the timeline (File > New), exit the application (File > Exit).


Toggle the Playback Window between full screen and windowed, using the View menu.


Jump to a specific frame using the Timeline > Jump to Frame menu.

Preferences > System

This simple dialog allows you to set basic server parameters such as:

Server Group
which group this server belongs to (1-64)

Server Type
Master or Slave

Force Timing Broadcast
By default, timing packets are not broadcast if no slaves servers are detected in this group (in order to lower network traffic). Enable this option to always force timing packets to be broadcast in case other equipment depends on that timing.

the required frames per second

Default File
a full path to the default Delta show

Permanent Resource File
a full path to the Delta show that will be merged after loading the main show (for masks etc.)

Permanent Display File
Set an XDL file to be loaded after any file load (see display configuration files -xdl files).

Play On Start
If Yes, the Default file will be played when Delta starts, after the main show is loaded, before it starts playing.

which timeline to play on start

Start Delay: the seconds to wait before loading the default show

Startup Sequence: This sequence will be run on boot.

Note: Start Delay

Since Delta can play a show immediately after the PC boots, having a delay before Delta loads and plays the default show allows the various Windows boot procedures to finish using any network, CPU or disk resources that could interfere with Delta’s playback, for example to receive a valid IP address if using DHCP from a network device.

It is recommended to set Slave Delta servers to a delay of at around 20 seconds, and a Master Delta server to 30 seconds to ensure the slave servers are ready to play as a group.

Preferences > Communication

Set the ports for DeltaGUI / Server comms. Leave as default unless there are specific network restrictions, so that a default installation of DeltaGUI will find the server. If non-default ports are used, configure any DeltaGUI applications to also use these ports.

Choose which Ethernet adapter to use and what ports.

Set optional DeltaGUI and Telnet timeout in seconds – use this if there is a possibility of the network being removed so that the DeltaGUI can reconnect.

Preferences > Video Capture

This page lists any capture devices found and their assigned IDs which map physical input connectors to the resource on the timeline.

Normally, this list is populated automatically and needs no interaction, but if, for example, you would like to swap the IDs around on a multiple input card, you can edit the Assigned ID for each card here – this will be remembered in the registry next time the server application starts.

Note: do not allow two devices to have the same Assigned ID.

Delete Stored Capture Devices – press this button to remove all capture devices and enumerate them again. Note this loses any previously edited Assigned IDs and is usually only used if a capture device has been removed physically from the server, but the driver has not been removed properly – this process attempts to find only real hardware.


Close DeltaGUI (wherever it is open) from this server.


Server software and licensing details.

For Licence Update, Server Logs, and External Control Traffic, see Appendices.