Faq

What makes Plane9 different from most other screensavers/visualizers?

Plane9's major features compared to most other visualizer out there are

  • Supports multiple monitors
  • Screensaver that reacts to music
  • A graphical editor where everything can be adjusted
  • The scene concept where one scene act as a screensaver/visualizer in itself
  • It detects when the monitor goes into standby and pauses/shuts down to save power
What are Plane9's minimum system requirements?
  • A computer that has a OpenGL 2.0 capable graphics card
Is spotify supported?
Spotify doesn't have any visualizer API however the screensaver can react to any sound that is created by your computer so indirectly it will work with spotify or any other sound generating program (Vista and Windows 7 only)
Is Vista/Windows 7 64 bit supported?
Yes
Does Plane9 support multiple monitors?
Yes, it's also using multiple monitors that it looks the best.
Why do I have to blank a number of my monitors instead of showing the 3d effects?
This is a limitation in Windows OpenGL. You can only get 3d effects from the monitor outputs of a single graphics card any extra physical cards needs to be blanked.
Why doesn't Plane9 show up on Windows Media Center under a 64 bit os?
Windows media center 64 bit requires all visualizers to be true 64 bit programs. Plane9 is compatible with a 64 bit os but it isn't a real 64 bit program. Rewriting it as a true 64 bit program isn't planed for the foreseeable future
Is there a way to quickly start the screensaver?
In, at least, Windows 7 you can left click on StartMenu->Programs->Plane9. Then right click on "Run Plane9 Screensaver" and choose properties. Click in the shortcuts field. Hold down for example Ctrl+Shift+S. Click ok. Now when you press Ctrl+Shift+S the screensaver should start
The visualizer runs slowly. Is there anyway to speed it up?
  • Update your graphics card drivers to the latest
  • Disable all postprocessing scenes
  • Disable all foreground scenes so you only use standalone and background scenes
  • If your on multiple monitors try to set 1 or more of them to "Blank this monitor" in the configuration window
  • Select other scenes. For example MetaIce requires a fast graphics card while Electro should run fast on most machines
  • If your using a Intel graphics card you might be affected by intels 'protection'. In short they disable hardware acceleration for screensavers. You could try to rename the "Plane9.scr" file in c:\windows to "Plane9.sCr". Then select another screensaver in the screensaver selection box and then choose Plane9 again
Why does Plane9 try to connect to the internet?

The visualizer periodically check if any new version has been released. No information other than your current version number is sent when doing this.

Plane9 also periodically sends anonymous usage information to help me improve the program. Nothing is sent that can personally identify you or your machine. The data that is sent over is

  • A random installid that identifies your installation but not you or your machine
  • The type of graphics card you have
  • How many times, how long and how fast your machine runs the editor/config/screensaver
  • How many monitors there are and the size of your desktop
  • How much memory your machine has

A few example of what the data is used for and why it really helps me if you allowed it to be sent

  • If for example the windows media player plugin isn't used much I will focus on working on other parts of the visualizer
  • If a specific graphis card is used a lot I can do specific compatibility tests on just that card
  • If most users have multiple monitors I will try to improve multi monitor support even further
  • If most users have support for OpenGL 4.0+ I could build more scene that utilize this or change over so the whole visualizer requires it

If you want to disable both or any one of these checks you can do so at any time by going to Config->Options

The current aggregated statistics can be seen on the Plane9 statistics page

I have a multimonitor setup and the screens flashes to black. What can I do?
Make sure you have the latest drivers for you graphics card. This is specially important if you have a overclocked AMD grahpics card
Can I easily take screenshots of the visualizer?
Yes by pressing F9. The screenshots are placed in the pictures user folder
Can I record movies from the visualizer?
There is support to record a 1920x1080 movie into x264 format.
  • Install the x264 vfw codec
  • Install memcoder that is included in the MPlayer package
  • Go to x264 vfw configuration (Start Menu->Programs->x264vfw->Config)
  • Make sure 'Zero latency' is selected
  • Start a command prompt (Start Menu->Accessories->Command promt)
  • Go to Plane9 install dir. Usually "cd %programfiles(x86)%\plane9"
  • Run "plane9.exe -r {moviename} {scene/playlist} {mp3 file}"
    Example: plane9.exe -r c:/plane9/plane9.avi "[userpath]playlists/my playlist.p9p" c:/plane9/testmusic.mp3
  • Combine the video with the music
    mencoder.exe -forceidx -oac copy -ovc copy -o {complete movie name} -audiofile {mp3 file} {moviename}
    Example: mencoder.exe -forceidx -oac copy -ovc copy -o c:\plane9\plane9_new.avi -audiofile c:\plane9\testmusic.mp3 c:\plane9\plane9_1.avi
Can i run the visualizer as a desktop wallpaper?
There is no official way but this might work. Start a dos prompt (Start->All Programs->Accessories->Command Prompt) then enter the following "plane9.scr /p65552 && pause && taskkill /f /IM plane9.scr" all on one line