Play Cricket Admin and Scoring Training

The Play-Cricket team have planned the following training for Club Admins, and Scorers to be delivered via Microsoft Teams in preparation for the 2022 season.

Each session will begin at 7pm and will run for approximately 90 minutes. Each session will be run twice and recordings of all sessions will be made available after the call via the PC Help Centre.

Below is an overview and registration link for each training session. Please note that each session will have a different meeting link so please register for the date and time that is suitable for you.

Club Administration:

This training session has been designed for Administrators in a main administration role giving an overview of Play-Cricket administration functions, please click on the register here link next to the date below that is suitable for you to see a full description of the session and to register your interest.

Tuesday 1st March 2022 – 7pm-8.30pm. Register Here

Wednesday 16th March 2022 – 7pm-8.30pm. Register Here

Member’s administration and League registration:

This training session has been designed for Administrators /Team Captains and Managers who deal with managing squads and League registration, please click on the register here link next to the date below that is suitable for you to see a full description of the session and to register your interest.

Thursday 10th March 2022 – 7pm-8.30pm. Register Here

Tuesday 15th March 2022 – 7pm-8.30pm. Register Here


This training session has been designed for Fixtures and Results Administrators and Scorers using the PCS tablet and phone application, please click on the register here link next to the date below that is suitable for you to see a full description of the session and to register your interest.

Thursday 3rd March 2022 – 7pm-8.30pm. Register Here

Tuesday 8th March 2022 – 7pm-8.30pm. Register Here

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Play-Cricket Scorer Pro Update: Version 4.1.5

PCS Pro v4.1.5 out now. Please update before your season starts or your next day of cricket scoring.

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PCS Pro and Windows 7 & 8

Play-Cricket Scorer Pro (PCS Pro) is fully supported on full versions of Windows 10 and is in final testing for the newly released Windows 11.  Note that Windows S mode is not supported on either version. Please see here for details of Window S if needed.

From the next release later this year, PCS Pro will no longer be supported on Windows 7.  While local scoring features may continue to work, these are not officially supported, and we strongly encourage our few remaining Windows 7 users to upgrade to Windows 10 or above.

Microsoft Extended Support for Windows 7 expired in January 2020 and due to platform limitations & the heightened security risks presented, NV Play is unable to support versions of Windows beyond the expiry of the official Microsoft product lifecycle.  We have deferred the removal of Windows 7 support in light of the challenges COVID has presented to cricketers across the world but are unable to do from 2022 onwards.

While PCS Pro will continue to run on Windows 8.1, certain features may be limited as Microsoft ended Mainstream Support for this version of Windows in January 2018, with Extended Support expiring in January 2023.  PCS Pro will no longer be officially supported on Windows 8.1 from this time.

Note that Microsoft ended all support for Windows 8 in July 2019, however provide a free upgrade to Windows 8.1.  PCS Pro is not supported on Windows 8.

For more details on Microsoft’s Windows support timeframes, please see the following article:

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Play-Cricket Scorer Pro Update: Version 4.0.5

PCS Pro v4.0.5 out now. Please update before your season starts or your next day of cricket scoring.

Launch PCS Pro from the Start Menu (not the task bar) to detect the update, then close and re-launch PCS Pro again to install it.

Full details below:

We are pleased to announce the release of Play-Cricket Scorer Pro v4.0.5, another release that includes many stability and performance improvements and responses to the first rounds of County competitions and recreational cricket. The full release notes are included below.

 As with previous updates, please launch Play-Cricket Scorer Pro from the Start Menu (not the task bar) to detect the update, then close and re-launch PCS Pro again to install it. If the software does not automatically update, or you’re installing it for the first time, please download it here.

 Important Note: Because Play-Cricket Scorer Pro is a server-connected system, all users MUST upgrade to v4.0.5 and will not be able to login or live score until they have done so.

 Please also ensure that all support requests for first class and recreational scorers go through the Play-Cricket Help Desk. Where possible, this should be done within PCS Pro using the Help -> Report an Issue facility.

 ECB PCS Pro v4.0.5 (Production) Release Notes

 General Scoring

  • Fixed issue where a dismissed batsman would sometimes appear as the Striker on the next delivery, after selecting or playing the previous ball from the Ball by Ball panel (#7679)
  • Improved the process for entering the Play Resumption time, e.g., users no longer have to include the AM or PM when manually typing this in, which was defaulting to the current time instead and not saving on re-opening dialog (#8356)
  • Improved the end of first innings by rain process, by changing the Innings Note to “Innings ended early at XY.Z overs” and adding a warning dialog when deleting the end of innings reduction, as this may impact on DLS calculations (#8370)
  • Changed ‘leads by’ to ‘lead by’ on Match Centre, Status Bar, and Score Overlays to be consistent with ‘trail by’ and to read better when batting team name ends in an ‘s’, e.g., “Yorkshire Diamonds leads by X” sounds horrible (#8431)
  • Added a warning to the Stalker Radar Configuration that the radar must be connected to a scorer or video analyst who is not using Auto Start Ball (#8319)
  • Added user notifications that the speed radar end has not been set when adding radar after the start of the match or an in-progress match without radar configured is opened (#8345)
  • Fixed issue where substituting a Captain or Wicketkeeper then replacing the original would cause a critical error crash or not show the selected player in the dropdown (#6776)

 Replay Screen/Scoreboard

  • Prevented Activations/Replays repeating when reopening a match with these are enabled (#7401) or when updating the Activation settings (#7410) and the last ball was a 4, 6, or Wicket

 Stats Wizard/Match Portal

  • Added a Lines and Sectors option (dropdown in Stats Wizard, radio button in Match Portal) to display the Wagon Wheel with both lines and sectors data, to assist analysis (#7015)
  • Improved the count and display of Balls in the associated Tooltip, which now shows Total Balls (balls with a unique ball video), Balls Faced (Total Balls minus Wides), and Legal Balls (Balls Faced minus No Balls) (#7182)
  • Fixed issue where a batsman’s run out when they were the non-Striker was not included in their dismissals, and updated related count/display of balls as per changes in #7182 (#7174)


  • Added a mute/unmute button to the Video Player controls (#8353)
  • Added a prompt to enable the Convert Interlaced Video to Progressive setting when enabling NVIDIA encoding, as interlaced video is not supported on some newer NVIDIA graphics cards (#8228)
  • Improved the handling of network interruptions/disconnects (#8502) and added additional logging and improvements to support re-tries (#8251) when the uploading of Continuous video clips fail
  • Improved the quality of de-interlacing video to avoid horizontal line artefacts in the resulting Progressive video, e.g., when using a Handycam with CamLink (#8270)
  • Prevented an Imported Video from sometimes jumping back to the start in Video Timeline when entering then exiting Edit mode or reverting to the Live video feed (#7877)

 Live Streaming

  • Added ‘trail by/scores level/lead by’ to baseline overlays in second and third innings of four innings matches (#6327)
  • Improved streaming overlay timing process to minimise occurrences of selected overlays, e.g. No Overlay/Clean or Batting/Bowling cards, reverting to Auto/Auto with Cards after only a few seconds (#8426)
  • Improved new option in Add Live Stream to Match centre dialog to show tile graphic and link to live stream when using a YouTube or other account that does not support embedding (#4292)
  • Increased the duration of automatic Live Stream cards to 10 seconds between overs and 20 seconds during breaks (#8349)
  • Increased the character length of player names on baseline overlays before these are truncated, and preventing wrapping to second line (#8348)
  • Increased the vertical (y) axis maximum on Manhattan, Worm, and Run Rate overlays at the start of innings to better display the data then and throughout the innings (#8350)
  • Added the disabling of Auto Replays to the Transparent video source prompt when using an NDI with Alpha channel for live streaming (#8209)
  • Fixed issue where the Instant Replay button sometimes becoming inactive while streaming (#7938)
  • Fixed issue where sometimes there would be a flicker in the video and an audible crackle when switching between video inputs (#8363), and improved switching speed for video inputs while using ‘Copy Primary Audio’ option (#8449)
  • Fixed issue where playing a highlights package with overlays into the live stream would sometimes cause buffering when the packages and the stream were the same resolution (#8405)

 Video Package Manager

  • Added ability to Publish highlights packages to Match Centre, Match Portal, or to upload these to generate a URL for sharing (#7148), including from Match Stats Wizard and multi-match Stats Wizard with only one match selected (#8445)

 Competition Centre

  • Improved the Teams tab, by ordering players alphabetically by surname and adding players as soon as a toss is recorded, rather than as soon as a match is created, in case of abandonment (#7281)
  • Ordered child competitions alphabetically by display name (#8432)

Child competitions of the same Match Type, when Parent has Calculate Points Tables ticked, will now display by Competition Name rather than Match Type, which resulted in tables of the same name (#8425)

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Play-Cricket Scorer Pro Update: Version 4.0.3

Play-Cricket Scorer Pro v4.0.3, a great new release that includes many scoring improvements, is now available. This now includes support for multi-camera video inputs, simplified video settings and reduced laptop hardware requirements for capturing video.  The full release notes are included below.

A short video which shows how to update can be found at:

As with previous updates, please launch Play-Cricket Scorer Pro from the Start Menu (not the task bar) to detect the update, then close and re-launch PCS Pro again to install it.  If the software does not automatically update, or you’re installing it for the first time, please download it here.

Important Note: Because Play-Cricket Scorer Pro is a server-connected system, all users MUST upgrade to v4.0.3 and will not be able to login or live score until they have done so.

Please also ensure that all support requests for first class and recreational scorers go through the Play-Cricket Help Desk. Where possible, this should be done within PCS Pro using the Help -> Report an Issue facility.

ECB PCS Pro 3.1.3 to 4.0.3 (Production)

General Scoring

·        Added a prompt to reduce the number of overs in a two-innings match after a time-stopping break of 10 minutes or more, which will open the Revised Overs/Target/DLS dialog with a new row and the Revised Overs box open (#1460)

·        Added ability to set the date/time for resumption of play, or next ground/umpire inspection during a break, which will display on Match Centres and live streams, including auto prompts when appropriate controlled by a configuration option (#197)

·        Added an automatic Confirm Overs Remaining prompt in 4-innings matches to the Create Innings/Start of Play process, when resuming after a Rain interruption, and including Overs Remaining in Final Innings at start of the 4th innings (#5720)

·        Added ability to record Penalty Runs as ‘Non-Ball Penalties’ when the penalty did not occur on a ball, e.g., pre-match/innings, during a session/rain break, or during play but not a ball incident (#1150)

·        Added prompts to automatically recalculate DLS Revised Targets and Match Results when scoring changes are made, e.g., adding Penalty Runs to the 1st innings when in 2nd innings, adding/deleting 1st Innings runs or wickets, etc (#2893 and #5860)

·        Added support to re-calculate the Match Result after editing a match in such a way that this changes, e.g., deducting runs from an earlier innings or adding runs to the final innings (#6185)

·        Added the automatic End of Innings prompt when Target Reached occurs with Penalty Runs (#6727)

·        Added the ability to hide/show non-essential columns in the Ball by Ball panel, by right-clicking on the column headers or left-clicking on the Settings cog at the top-right of the panel to open a menu list to un/tick, re-size their width by click/hold/drag on their headers, and to move them by drag and drop to another location (#829)

·        Added an automatic Innings Note to the start of the third innings after the Follow On has been enforced (#5275)

·        Added an overs.ball remaining in Power Play field to all scoreboard XML templates (#6940)

·        Added the maximum number of overs per innings in a two-innings match by default to the Revised Overs (or Balls) column when accessing the Revised Overs (or Balls)/Target/DLS dialog pre-Toss/Innings (#5819)

·        Added support for Overs per Day being set on a 4-innings Match Type after a match has been started, including the correct changing of that value during the match, so that Overs Remaining in Day are calculated and displayed correctly (#5364)

·        Added a prompt asking if a Revised Target should be added and a Match Result calculated when using Play Called Off to end an innings, after the minimum number of overs, as likely shortened match details have not been entered and Match should not end with “No Result” (#6729)

·        Added a dynamic tooltip showing the updated fielding position when moving the cursor over the Wagon Wheel, and defaulting any Ground Field attributed to a Fielder to the fielding position of a created Wagon Wheel (#565)

·        Added ability to manually enter Speed Radar values (mph or kph), with the entry panel available from View -> Scoring Entry, Ball by Ball column available from the Settings cog, and data available within Stats Wizards (#6726 and #8091)

·        Added off-side and leg-side Wide guidelines to the Ball Arrival panel (#6031)

·        Included the Follow-On Deficit figure (editable) in this Confirm Overs Remaining prompt, so that it is more visible and especially so at the start of the 2nd innings to confirm this is correct for the Match Type (#798)

·        Improved the prompts and added yellow highlights when creating a match without a Captain and/or Wicketkeeper, as seeing Add Players instead of Record Toss but a full list of players was not always obvious (#1666)

·        Improved the keyboard navigation on the New Match dialog, so that using the Tab key to move around the dialog features is logical and consistent with other such dialogs (#5162)

·        Improved the Edit -> Insert/Add Ball process by automatically adding the mid-point time between the Previous and Next Balls, which can then still be changed via Edit Ball Time if required (#6515)

·        Improved the Edit Ball Time process by adding warnings if a proposed change will result in ball timestamps becoming out-of-sequence, and cancelling will return the Ball Time to the original (#3904)

·        On the Wicket dialog, enabled the End Ball checkbox when the Dismissal Type is Hit the ball Twice, so that this can be un-ticked as these dismissals can occur on a no ball (#7912)

·        On the Detailed Fielding Events list of positions, moved Cover Point to its correct location between Deep Point and Short Cover (#7415)

·        General improvements to the Detailed Fielding Events dialog, e.g., enabling/disabling the Add button depending on data already added, adding/removing data to or from separate rows, and avoiding duplicate entries (#2584)

·        Darkened the Wagon Wheel slider/toggle for improved visibility in bright sunlight (#4107) and also lightened the green on the Wagon Wheel itself (#1062)

·        In Edit mode, the Edit Over/Ball button menu and the Ball by Ball right-click menu now show “Insert Ball (Before)” and “Add Ball (to End)” to specify where an inserted ball and an added ball will appear in the sequence (#4742)

·        In Player Averages, changed the calculation of a Player’s Team Percentage (Tm%) to use their total runs divided by the team’s total runs in the innings they batted, rather than averaging their percentages (#6591)

·        In Player Averages, excluded wicketkeeper catches from the Catches (Ct) column, so that these only appear in the Wicketkeeper Catches (C+) column (#6977)

·        After clicking Add to enter a penalty, the Penalties dialog will now automatically close, rather than having to click Add and Close (#4685)

·        Changed the ball-by-ball symbols in This Over, Batsman’s sequence, and Match Centre, etc, to show No Balls first and then Byes, Leg Byes, or Runs, as these happen first, but Wicket is prioritised when these fall with extras or runs (#3928)

·        Removed the Play State -> In Play menu option when in the Pre-Start mode, i.e., after Record Toss but before Create Innings, to force the creation of this first rather than switching manually to In Play (#7784)

·        Renamed Innings 3 and Innings 4 as [Batting Team] Super Over throughout the software, e.g., Scorecard with notes enabled, Scorebook, and all Statistics menu (Partnerships, Over by Over, etc) reports in Tied matches with Super Overs (#5256)

·        When editing consecutive breaks, either pre-match/innings or during an innings, changing the Start Time on a subsequent break will automatically update the End Time of the preceding break, and vice versa (#4842)

·        Increased maximum size of Diagnostics folders than can be sent, and added a message informing the user if this is exceeded and the Diagnostics folder has not been sent (#7526)

·        Added a warning prompt that the software is already open when attempting to open it again, with the option to close the first instance (Yes) or stop the second instance opening (No), as only one instance can be open at a time (#7725 and #6779)

  • Fixed issue where the bowler for a new over would revert to the bowler of the previous over at that end, when either using Escape or Undo on that first ball of the new over (#7695)

·        Fixed issue where a session break’s end time would automatically update to the end of innings time, so workaround of manually updating via Scoring -> Breaks/No Play State no longer required (#6860)

·        Fixed issue where pre-match automated Innings Notes were displaying out-of-order on the Match Centre in some situations, e.g., multiple Rain & Ground Delay breaks (#7434)

·        Fixed issue where Edit -> Insert Ball would highlight the current and inserted balls in blue in the Ball by Ball panel, and remain that way after exiting Edit mode (#5894)

·        Fixed issue where an abbreviated Team Name at match level only would not carry through to the auto-Tweet content (#6451)

·        Fixed issue where an abbreviated Player Name at match level only would not carry through to the auto-Tweet content, video playlists, or Match Centre (#6859)

·        Fixed issue where the DLS output at the end of an innings/match would display the End of Over value for the next over after the maximum overs had been reached (#6852)

·        Fixed issue where adding Penalty Runs to a fielding team who have already batted, with Add to Previous Ball un-ticked, did not award the runs to the previous innings, and undoing a ball with penalties did not remove them as well (#3925)

·        Fixed issue where scoring a Run Out (Backing Up) added a ball to the Striker’s balls faced and Partnership balls (#3908)

·        Fixed issue where Illegal Balls were added to a Batsman’s balls faced, and applied excluding all the different types of Illegal Balls from counting in all places, i.e. balls faced, partnership balls, innings balls, and overs bowled (#2898)

·        Fixed issue where the match reduced Innings Note was not retained if Revised Overs was entered then the innings ended and would not appear if End of Overs was used without Revised Overs being entered (#6199)

·        Fixed issue where a hattrick or double-hattrick was incorrectly added to the batting notes instead of the bowling notes on the Scorebook view (#6383)

·        Fixed issue where deleting a Shirt Number from a Player Record did not Save correctly (#5994)

·        Fixed issue where using the Edit Over/Ball menu to Add Ball (to End) of an empty over would cause a critical error crash (#7795)

·        Fixed issue where the Scorecard and Match Centre would not update the total or bowler’s overs after using Insert Over and Add Ball to insert an over at the start of an innings (#6672)

·        Fixed issue where the Confirm Bowler prompt would default to the first bowler of a part-over in the previous over, by removing them and their replacement part-over bowler from the dropdown (#3638)

·        Fixed issue, prior to the first innings, where in Play Control the bowler’s O and M labels would not appear and the One-Click Scoring panel would have an empty space (for the x2 runs button) instead of a full-width Penalty button (#7845)

·        Fixed issue where the bowler for a new over would revert to the bowler of the previous over at that end, when either using Escape or Undo on that first ball of the new over (#7695)

·        Fixed issue where adding a Penalty to a team who has already batted incorrectly updated the Fall of Wickets (#7911)

·        Fixed issue where the last Drinks break’s end time in a first innings would update with the end of innings time when ending that innings, and also prevented the erroneous auto-Tweet for the Drinks break sent at the same time (#7924)

·        Fixed issue where the software would incorrectly display the Trial Expired message and then close, which would have been very problematic if no internet connection available, as user would not be able to login (#7594)

·        Fixed issue where an incorrect Revised Target would be calculated, despite the DLS Par Table being correct, if a reduction was manually changed between innings (#8110)

·        Fixed issue where some files would be written to the default Match Folder at Documents\Cricket Matches even after this had been changed to a custom location (#8120)

Replay Screen/Scoreboard

·        Added a Basic format with a specific Main slide that includes only core innings information for outputting to small Pavilion TVs or recreational-size LED screens (#5156)

·        Added Configuration -> Scoreboard option to Prefix player names with their shirt numbers for display on all formats (#6777)

·        Added a Teams slide to display both squads Pre-Toss and the final Playing XIs post-Toss, with shirt numbers if the above option is enabled, and (if known) the on-field Umpires (#6413)

·        Enabled the Auto (Once) and Auto (Repeat) functions to work pre-Toss, using the new Teams slide and Toss slide (#8060)

·        Added three new Holding slides (Break, Resumption, and Countdown) available during breaks, on all full-screen formats, which display the type and Resumption Time (if known) and count down to the resumption of play (#3604)

·        Added the ability to include the Time and Resumption Time (if known) to Custom Messages, via an Include Clock checkbox adjacent to the Show Message button (#3134)

·        Added the Break type or Resumption Time (if known) at bottom-left and the Current Time at bottom-right of the Innings slide, on all full-screen formats, and replaced the Target slide in the Auto sequence as it contains this information (#4477)

·        Added the number of overs bowled with the current ball in brackets after the total number of Overs in the innings, on the Large format (#331)

·        Added the Cut-Off Time below the Clock, as per the Large format, to the Small and Medium (4-innings matches only, because of the Power Play information) formats as well (#476)

·        Added Over Rate (between overs) to alternate with Overs (during overs), as per the Large format, to the Square, Small, and Medium formats (#928)

·        Added DRS values for 2-innings matches at the top-right of the Large format only, underneath the Power Play information. Care with Team name and abbreviation length will need to be taken with 1:1 and 4:3 aspect ratios (#3601)

·        Added a new Summary slide that displays the highest batsmen’s scores and best bowlers’ figures for each innings, showing the top four in the first two innings, top two in the third innings, and top one in the fourth innings (#6563)

·        Improved the Clock slide by increasing the font size and adding seconds to the hour:minutes previously displayed (#8041)

·        Updated the Main (Large), Innings and three Target slides to denote overs/balls remaining as a minimum in the 4th innings, or in the 2nd innings of a multi-day match with no maximum overs per innings set, using ‘MIN REM’ or ‘(min)’ (#5374)

·        Fixed issue where the Clock would not update when in the Pre-Toss state (#7660)

·        Fixed issue where a cancelled replay, i.e., after it had started but Start Ball had been clicked for the next delivery, was cancelling the pre-roll but still play the video replay, so that nothing plays at all after cancelling (#7408)

Match Centre

·        In multi-day matches, changed overs remaining to show ‘(min)’ to denote that these are the minimum overs remaining, in both Summary data display and match situation line, as per #5374 change (#7320)


·        Added Multi-Camera support for live streaming and video analysis/clipping, with a maximum of four camera feeds and the ability to capture clips from the combined feed including redesigned add/edit Capture Device screens (#3346)

·        Added ability for Pan, Tilt, Zoom (PTZ) control of ONVIF IP cameras via the IP Camera Controls panel, accessible via the Video Display -> Settings cog or View -> Video menus, for pre-match setup purposes (#2795)

·        Added ability to capture, stream, and remote Interlaced video, by disabling new Progressive video encoding option via Configuration -> Advanced Video Settings -> Convert Interlaced Video to Progressive (#7935)

·        Added detection and instruction messages to force users to remain on Blackmagic Desktop Video v11.6, given device detection issues with later versions including 11.7 and 12 (#7937), with a direct link to download 11.6 (#8028)

·        Added Configuration presets for Software and NVIDIA video encoders to control the quality/performance trade-off, with separate settings for Video Capture (including Remote Video) and Live Streaming (#7971)

·        Added simplified performance options to Video Capture configuration, e.g., ‘Reduce high Frame rates automatically (30 fps max)’ and ‘Reduce source video resolution automatically (720p)’ (#7663)

·        Added Auto-Detect video settings and warn if encoding settings, e.g., NVIDIA graphics card, are not optimal for detected hardware and option to automatically update configuration (#6509), ensuring the Hardware Encoding and Decoding checkboxes are disabled if these are not supported by the laptop (#7741)

·        Added automatic fallback to Software Encoding & Decoding when Hardware Acceleration is not supported by laptop (#7726)

·        Added a Configuration -> Clipping option to Pause encoding during high CPU activity, e.g., ball clip playback, live scrubbing or streaming replay, VPM package creation, and replay screen replays, after which encoding will resume  (#7659)

·        Added the non-default option in MP4 files for fast loading of unencoded (HD) Ball Clips and Continuous Video, to improve performance of these clips and make consistent with encoded (web) clips and VPM packages (#7853)

·        Added new Network Stream Capture Device including fix where the SRT latency setting was sometimes preventing connecting to an SRT stream (#7627)

·        Added preview of new Window Capture feature to aid procurement from other sources such as streaming via browser (#3696)

·        Added an error message when attempting to login to ONVIF device via IP Camera Search with the incorrect credentials (#8038)

·        Improved process for uploading long Continuous clips, to minimise the occurrence of Out of Memory exceptions (#7321)

·        Improved support for NDI streams, OBS, and vMix virtual devices, which are now options under Video Capture Device -> Other Devices and Cameras, so can be accessed and loaded from there (#7685)

·        Improved the auto-discovery search function for IP Cameras on the network, to assist with the secure setup of NV Play hardware/camera packs (#7668)

·        Improved the accuracy and responsiveness of the reported CPU% in Live Video Statistics and Status Bar, so that it more closely resembles the Task Manager value (#7667)

·        Improved the background delete and auto-capture process when using non-default drive locations for video capture (#7742)

·        General performance improvements to the Video Player, to minimise impact on user interface thread and CPU usage, and including a new Reduce Quality setting for video sources >30 frames per second and fixed application slowdown from frequent use of Video Player or Auto Replay (#7582)

·        The Video Display -> Mute Audio in Player setting will now be retained after restarting the software (#7874)

·        Added an External Audio Delay function to adjust the incoming audio to remain in-sync with the video, e.g., if the audio commentary is out-of-sync with the live video (#7969)

·        Improved the duration estimates of Continuous Capture files (#7883) and fixed issues with deleting .ts files when Video Display was showing Continuous or live scrubbing videos (#8024) and when recording from an IP camera (#8025)

·        Improved the auto-detection of the video source’s format (resolution and frame rate) for devices that do not know this immediately, and update display in Live Video Statistics (#7875)

·        Improvements to the Live Video Statistics panel, including adding Data Rate in Kbps for Remote Video and Live Streaming (and Mbps), and changes to Video Format to show the converted frame rate and resolution actually being used (#7967)

·        Improved performance of video source at higher frames per second, e.g., when playing highlights packages into live streams at 60fps (#8047)

·        Improved the information displayed in the Video Player, by adding Match and Innings column when viewing ball clip sequences across multiple matches, and the Innings column when viewing ball clip sequences from a single match (#6720)

·        Improved the handling of audio in multi-cam setups, including new option to consistently apply the audio associated with the primary video input across other video inputs, with external audio from individual inputs disabled by default (#7922)

·        Updated the software to run as a 64-bit application (#7729), and implemented new Media Components, v2.4.2, supporting both 32 and 64-bit machines (#7665)

·        Replaced software-based video encoder with x264 (commercial version), which is known as the best software encoder in the world, providing much better quality, performance, and control when hardware acceleration is not available (#7744)

·        Simplified the user interface for Configuration -> Video Capture/Advanced settings, especially for encoding and decoding (#8004), plus other tweaks like a direct link to these settings from Video Display when No Video displayed (#8020)

·        Relocated and streamlined video capture Advanced Settings, now under each Capture Device type with Show/Hide function and appropriate settings only (#7737)

·        Simplified the Video Capture configuration for Video Encode and Decoder settings (#7739)

·        Fixed issue where an NDI stream would auto-connect to the first stream found, preventing the ability to connect to multiple NDI streams (#7837)

·        Fixed issue where Auto-Replay would unnecessarily cause Video Display to reconnect to the video capture device after initial install of Media Components (#8029)

·        Fixed issue on some machines where .ts files were not being removed after Continuous Capture is ended (#7589)

·        Fixed issue where Playback Capture from some imported videos would sometimes only capture very short ball clips (#7873)

·        Fixed issue where the Video Player on a Reader would not close after playing an Auto-Replay, causing a crash when it attempted to play the next Auto-Replay (#8119)

Live Streaming

·        Improved timings for auto-replays, e.g., when the Live Scorer scores the ball before the Video Analyst has ended the ball clip recording (#7458) and the Live Scorer closes the Confirm Batsman and End of Over score check dialogs (#7618)

·        Added a Configuration -> Live Streaming option to ‘Disable Overlay Graphics Animations between different overlays’ to improve performance by reducing CPU load (#7781)

·        Added a dialog to prompt to synchronise the laptop date/time to the Windows Time Service to improve the timing of Auto-Replays when streaming is occurring on a machine independent of the Video Analyst (#7406)

·        Added warning messages when trying to Live Stream at a resolution (e.g., 1920×1080) higher than the video source (e.g., 1280×720), which will cause performance issues (#8006)

·        Improved audio quality by increasing the Default Sample Rate to 48KHz and encoding at 160Kbps (#7963)

·        Added NDI output for live streaming, including support for Alpha Channel (transparency), for integration into third party software such as vMix which can cleanly apply the graphics over the top of other video sources. Allows for full scoring overlay support, optional watermarks, and Video Package Manager playback in live streams produced externally from NV Play Cricket (#8056)

·        Improved the performance of graphic overlays and animations, especially at higher frame rates, including a fix to the issue where the overlay would sometimes flash on-and-off (#7975)

·        Improved the performance of instant replays and the playback of highlights packages by removing unnecessary streaming format conversions (#8012)

·        Improved the Auto Replay setup process, so that these are immediately enabled when Activations are selected, and added Information icons to e.g., stress that Auto or Auto with Cards must be selected for replays to automatically play (#6993)

·        Changed the Stop Replay function from a sudden cut to a smooth transition, and also applied this to the end of video file playback even if manually stopped early (#5228)

·        Prevented the Match Type -> Overs per Day setting appearing as “Overs Remaining Today” on the overlays in two-innings matches, i.e., counting down from 40 in a Twenty20 match (#6851)

·        Fixed issue where sometimes the small output window would be grey after starting a stream, even though the stream itself was playing the live video feed (#7431)

Video Package Manager

·        Improved calculation of VPM’s maximum durations by considering the transition between clips (#7323)

·        Fixed issue where Stats Wizard highlights packages would not create correctly when local web clips were stored in a non-default file location (#7568)

·        Fixed issue where local unencoded clips would not be identified and included if there is no equivalent web clip, and showing cloud icon on thumbnail (#7846)

·        Fixed issue where scrambled audio would be played at the end of a highlights package with full screen cards, when the last the last clip is not long enough for the card display duration (#7743)

  • Fixed issue where Stats Wizard highlights packages would not create correctly when local web clips were stored in a non-default file location (#7568)

·        Fixed issue where sometimes some ball clips would not be added to long highlights packages due to error loading video files (#7592)

·        Fixed issue where ball clip durations would change after download, overall package duration would sometimes be incorrect, and the exported XML timestamp for the final ball would therefore be incorrect as well (#7309)

·        Fixed issue where the Trim Start and Maximum Length settings were not being applied to downloaded ball clips when using the multi-match Stats Wizard (#7974)

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PCS Pro Scoring Training Courses

A number of places have been made available on forthcoming PCS Pro Scoring Training Courses via the Yorkshire ACO.

These will be held on the following dates; it is necessary to attend both a Part 1 and Part 2 course.

Part One

  • Tuesday 19th January at 7pm
  • Thursday 21st January at 7pm

Part Two

  • Tuesday 26th January at 7pm
  • Thursday 28th January at 7pm

Please contact Kevin Hutchinson as below to enrol and he will supply further details and the Zoom log-in information.

Further details and how to download the latest version of PCS Pro can be found here:

How Do I Download PCS Pro? – Play-Cricket (

Should you be interested in attending but unable to attend these courses, further courses will be run in the near future and details will be announced as soon as they become available.

Further training and insight is also available via You Tube on the ‘Runs Wickets Overs’ Channel available at:

RunsWktsOvers – YouTube

Please circulate these details to the scorers in your club or any club member who may be interested in taking up scoring.

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