System and Hardware Requirements

This document details the operating system and hardware specifications required to run, and get the best performance from, NV Play Cricket. The document should be read prior to reading the Installing NV Play Cricket and Anti-Virus Tips for NV Play Cricket documents.

 

Operating System

NV Play Cricket is a Microsoft Windows application developed to run on Windows 10. NV Play Cricket is tested on most mainstream versions of Windows 10, such as Home or Professional, but unfortunately does not run on Windows 10 in S mode. For more details about Windows 10 in S mode and its restrictions, see the following article from Microsoft:

https://support.microsoft.com/en-us/windows/windows-10-in-s-mode-faq-851057d6-1ee9-b9e5-c30b-93baebeebc85

While NV Play Cricket will also run on Windows 8 and 8.1, certain features may be limited as Microsoft ended Mainstream Support for these versions of Windows back in January 2018. Windows 7 is completely out of Extended Support by Microsoft and due to its limitations and security risks presented, NV Play Cricket no longer runs on on this version of Windows. For more details on Microsoft's Windows support timeframes, see the following article:

https://docs.microsoft.com/en-us/lifecycle/faq/windows 

Useful Tip

For NV Play Cricket to run on Apple Mac computers, users will need to install Parallels Desktop or, and especially if they wish to use video for live streaming and/or video analysis purposes, Boot Camp running Windows. NV Play Cricket is currently not supported on the newer Apple Mac ARM based computers e.g. running Apple M1 based CPU.

Hardware Specifications

The required hardware specifications will depend on what NV Play Cricket features will be used; i.e., live scoring and outputting to a scoreboard will work on lower specification machines, but as video capture and/or live streaming is much more intensive on hardware, this should only be considered on a high quality, reasonably new, and quality brand laptop. Our recommended hardware specifications for four different operational roles/feature usage are provided here as guidelines: 

 

Offline or Live Scoring and Replay Screen, Scoreboard, or Pavilion TV Output

Offline Scoring (not connected to the internet and/or not logged-in) as Local Scorer, or

Live Scoring (connected to the internet and logged-in) as Live Scorer, and possibly

Either of these outputting to a Replay Screen (HDMI), Scoreboard (XML), or Pavilion TV (HDMI or Chromecast) 

The recommended specifications are:

  • Quality brand to ensure solid internals 
  • No more than 5 years old 
  • Windows 10 Home, Professional, or Enterprise operating system (but not Windows 10 in S mode)
  • Intel i5 CPU with 4GB RAM or more
  • 7200 RPM Hard Drive, but ideally SSD
  • Full HD screen (1920x1080) preferred 

NB: Offline/Live Scoring also includes coding of additional data, e.g., Wagon Wheels, Pitch Maps, and Shot Types, PDF/Excel reports, and the Auto-Twitter function. 

 

Basic Video Capture, Basic Live Streaming, and Post-Match Highlights Packages

Offline or Live Scoring with Auto Capture for recording ball video clips, and 

Basic Live Streaming with no replays, no highlights packages, and Image ads only, and

Post-Match Highlights Packages from the ball clips for posting to social media and websites

The recommended specifications are: 

  • Quality brand to ensure solid internals
  • No more than 3 years old
  • Windows 10 Home, Professional, or Enterprise operating system (but not Windows 10 in S mode)
  • Intel i7 CPU, 8th Generation or newer with 8GB RAM or more
  • Intel Integrated Graphics should be enabled to provide Hardware Acceleration for video capture and live streaming
  • Minimum 256GB 7200 RPM Hard Drive or SSD Drive (for storing ball video clips and highlights packages)
  • Full HD screen (1920x1080) preferred

 

Useful Tip

For all of these four roles, the number of USB and/or HDMI ports required will depend on the number of video input devices and the number of replay screen/scoreboard/TV outputs, so users should consider their overall setup - and possible future needs - before purchasing new hardware. 

 

Recommended Video Capture, Recommended Live Streaming, and In-Match Highlights Packages

Offline or Live Scoring with Auto Capture for recording ball video clips, and

Recommended Live Streaming with replays (including video pre-rolls), Image and Video ads, and

In-Match Highlights Packages for playing into the Live Stream (and/or to a Replay Screen/Pavilion TV)

The recommended specifications are: 

  • Quality brand to ensure solid internals
  • No more than 3 years old
  • Windows 10 Home, Professional, or Enterprise operating system (but not Windows 10 in S mode)
  • Intel i7 CPU, 8th Generation or newer (but ideally not laptop models ending in U or Y, which are designed for low power use, where H is best for high performance), with minimum 8GB RAM
  • While Intel Integrated Graphics can be used, we recommend NVIDIA Graphics Cards for higher performance configurations, and it is important to confirm a specific NVIDIA device supports Video Encoding by searching this website, checking for green YES values:
  • Minimum 512GB SSD Drive (for storing ball clips, continuous videos, and highlights packages)
  • Full HD screen (1920x1080) preferred

NB: Recommended Video Capture/Live Streaming also includes a maximum of 2 cameras for multi-cam capture/streaming and the ability to play ball clip replays onto a Replay Screen or Pavilion TV. 

 

Premium Video Capture, Premium Live Streaming, and Multi-Camera Inputs

Offline or Live Scoring with Auto Capture for ball clips and Continuous video capture, and

Premium Live Streaming with replays (including pre-rolls), Image & Video ads, and up to 4 cameras, and

In-Match Highlights Packages for playing into the Live Stream (and/or to a Replay Screen/Pavilion TV)

The recommended specifications are: 

  • Quality brand to ensure solid internals
  • No more than 3 years old
  • Windows 10 Home, Professional, or Enterprise operating system (but not Windows 10 in S mode)
  • Intel i7 or i9 CPU, 8th Generation or newer (but not laptop models ending in U or Y, which are designed for low power use, where H is best for high performance), with 16GB RAM
  • A higher end NVIDIA Graphics Cards which supports Video Encoding - confirm by searching this website, checking for green YES values:
  • 1TB SSD Drive (for storing ball clips, multiple continuous videos, and highlights packages)
  • Full HD screen (1920x1080) preferred

NB: Premium Video Capture/Live Streaming also includes the ability to play ball clip replays onto a Replay Screen or Pavilion TV. 

 

Useful Tip

If you are unsure of your existing hardware’s specifications or their suitability for NV Play Cricket, please provide these recommended specifications to your supplier or IT support, and they will be able to advise.

 

Healthy Laptops and CPU Reduction

While these hardware recommendations are the minimum recommended specifications needed to run NV Play Cricket for different purposes, ideally users will get the most powerful laptop they can afford to exceed these specifications. Despite this, even powerful computers need good care and can experience CPU issues while live scoring, capturing video, and live streaming, depending on the operating environment and usage. So, here are some more recommendations to maintain a healthy laptop and reduce CPU load: 

  • Regularly install all Windows Updates, especially before match day, so that these are always up-to-date
  • Regularly check the manufacturers website for any device driver updates, especially for Display Adapters (graphics cards), as Windows Updates may not include these immediately
  • Always use a hardwired internet connection where possible, as a WiFconnection can be unreliable 
  • A minimum network upload speed of 10 Mbps is recommended, but ideally this can be faster. At a minimum we recommend twice the bitrate set in Live Streaming Configuration if streaming
  • Always have the laptop plugged into mains power while scoring and streaming 
  • Do not have the live stream playing in a web browser (i.e., YouTube or Match Centre) on same computer capturing video 
  • Do not run other applications on the laptop while scoring and streamingjust NV Play Cricket 
  • Choose the Windows 10 High Performance plan
  • Clean the laptop's fans and vents and ensure these are well ventilated while scoring/streaming
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