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18 GNOME Videos

GNOME Videos is the default movie player. GNOME Videos provides the following multimedia features:

  • Support for a variety of video and audio files

  • A variety of zoom levels and aspect ratios, and a full screen view

  • Seek and volume controls

  • Playlists

  • Complete keyboard navigation

To start GNOME Videos, open the Activities Overview by pressing Meta and search for video.

18.1 Using GNOME Videos

When you start GNOME Videos, the following window is displayed.

GNOME Videos Start-Up Window
Figure 18.1: GNOME Videos Start-Up Window

18.1.1 Opening a Video or Audio File

  1. Click Videos › Open.

  2. Select the files you want to open, then click Add

You can also drag a file from another application (such as a file manager) to the GNOME Videos window. GNOME Videos opens the file and plays the movie or song. GNOME Videos displays the title of the movie or song beneath the display area and in the titlebar of the window.

Note
Note: Unrecognized File Format

If you try to open a file format that GNOME Videos does not recognize, the application displays an error message and recommends a suitable codec.

You can double-click a video or audio file in GNOME Files to open it in the GNOME Videos window by default.

18.1.2 Opening a Video or Audio File By URI Location

  1. Click Videos › Open Location.

  2. Specify the URI location of the file you want to open, then click Open.

18.1.3 Playing a DVD, VCD, or CD

To play a DVD, VCD, or CD, insert the disc in the optical device of your computer, then click Movie › Play Disc.

To eject a DVD, VCD, or CD, click Movie › Eject.

To pause a movie or song that is playing, click the GNOME Videos Pause button, or click Movie › Play/Pause. When you pause a movie or song, the statusbar displays Paused and the time elapsed on the current movie or song.

To resume playing a movie or song, click the GNOME Videos Play button, or click Movie › Play/Pause.

To play or pause a movie, you can also press P.

To view properties of a movie or song, click View › Sidebar to make the sidebar appear. The dialog contains the title, artist, year, and duration of movie or song, video dimensions, codec, frame rate, and the audio bit rate.

18.1.4 Seeking Through Movies or Songs

To seek through movies or songs, use any of the following methods:

To skip forward

Click Go › Skip Forward. Alternatively, use .

To skip backward

Click Go › Skip Backward. Alternatively, use .

To move to next movie or song

Click Go › Next Chapter/Movie, or click the GNOME Videos Next button.

To move to previous movie or song

Click Go › Previous Chapter/Movie, or click the GNOME Videos Previous button.

18.1.5 Changing the Zoom Factor

To change the zoom factor of the display area, use any of the following methods:

To zoom to full screen mode

Click View › Fullscreen. Alternatively, press F.

To exit fullscreen mode, click Leave Fullscreen or press Esc.

To zoom to half size (50%) of the original movie or visualization

Click View › Fit Window to Movie › Resize 1:2.

To zoom to size (100%) of the original movie or visualization

Click View › Fit Window to Movie › Resize 1:1.

To zoom to double size (200%) of the original movie or visualization

Click View › Fit Window to Movie  › Resize 2:1.

To switch between different aspect ratios, click View › Aspect Ratio.

The default aspect ratio is Auto.

18.1.6 Showing or Hiding Controls

To hide the window controls of GNOME Videos, click View › Show Controls and deselect the option. To show the controls on the GNOME Videos window, right-click the window, then select Show Controls. If the Show Controls option is selected, GNOME Videos shows the menubar, time elapsed slider, seek control buttons, volume slider, and statusbar on the window. If the Show Controls option is not selected, the application hides these controls and shows only the display area.

18.1.7 Choosing Subtitles

To choose the language of the subtitles, click View › Subtitles › Select Text Subtitles, then select the subtitles language (DVD) or subtitle file (AVI etc.) you want to display.

To disable the display of subtitles, click View › Subtitles › None.

By default, GNOME Videos chooses the same language for the subtitles that you use on your computer.

GNOME Videos automatically loads and displays subtitles if the file that contains them has the same name as the video file. It supports the following subtitle file extensions: srt, asc, txt, sub, smi, or ssa.

18.2 Modifying GNOME Videos Preferences

To modify GNOME Videos preferences, click Videos › Preferences in the Activities bar..

18.2.1 General Preferences

The General Preferences let you select a network connection speed, specify if media files should be played from the last used position, and change the font and encoding used to display subtitles.

GNOME Videos General Preferences
Figure 18.2: GNOME Videos General Preferences

General Preferences include the following:

Playback

Lets you specify whether to start playing the movie from the last position.

Networking

Select network connection speed from the Connection speed drop-down box.

Text Subtitles

Lets you specify whether to load the subtitles automatically, and change the font and encoding used to display the subtitles.

18.2.2 Display Preferences

The Display Preferences let you choose to automatically resize the window when a new video is loaded, change the color balance, and configure visual effects when an audio file is played.

GNOME Videos Display Preferences
Figure 18.3: GNOME Videos Display Preferences

Display Preferences include the following:

Automatically resize the window when a new video is loaded

Select this option if you want GNOME Videos to automatically resize the window when a new video is loaded.

Disable the screen saver when playing video or audio

Select this option if you want GNOME Videos to automatically disable the desktop screen saver while an audio file is playing.

Visual Effects

You can choose to show visual effects when an audio file is playing, select the type of visualization you want to show, and the visualization size.

Color Balance

Specify the level of color brightness, contrast, saturation, and hue.

18.2.3 Audio Preferences

The Audio Preferences dialog lets you select the audio output type.

GNOME Videos Audio Preferences
Figure 18.4: GNOME Videos Audio Preferences
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