Playing items

Playing items

Once you’ve downloaded items from a feed, you can play them in the Miro interface.

  1. Select the item you want to play.
  2. Click on the play button.
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Interface for playing video

When playing video, Miro on GNU/Linux and Windows looks like this:

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When playing video, Miro on OSX looks like this:

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In this screenshot, you can see:

  1. The view port where the video shows.
  2. The previous button.
  3. The stop button.
  4. The play/pause button.
  5. The fullscreen button.
  6. The next button.
  7. The timeline showing how far into the media item you are, the current position, and how much is left.
  8. The name of the media item and the name of the feed it is in.
  9. The volume control.

Shortcuts for playing video:

Shortcut Action
Space or Ctrl+Space Play/Pause video
Ctrl+D Stop video
Ctrl+> Next video
Ctrl+< Previous Video
RIGHT or Shift+RIGHT Skip forward 30 seconds
LEFT or Shift+LEFT Skip back 15 seconds
UP arrow or Ctrl+UP Volume up
DOWN arrow or Ctrl+DOWN Volume down
Ctrl+F Toggle fullscreen
Ctrl+T Toggle detached playback

Fullscreen

Double click on the video to toggle into and out of fullscreen.

Detached playback

Press Ctrl+T to detach and re-attach playback from the main window.

When playing a video item in detached window, you are able to manage feeds and items and continue using the Miro interface.

Note

If you want Miro to always play video items in a detached window:

  1. Choose the Video -> Options menu to open up the Preferences dialog.
  2. Click on the Playback tab.
  3. Check Always play videos in a separate window.

Subtitles

Subtitles can be used for closed captioning or translations.

Some video files come with subtitle tracks in the video file itself. Publishers sometimes will create subtitle files that go with their videos.

Miro supports subtitles whether they’re tracks in the video file or whether they’re standalone files.

When playing a video, to select a subtitle track:

  1. Click on the Playback menu.

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  2. Select the Subtitles submenu.

  3. Choose a subtitle track.

If you want to view subtitles from a file you have downloaded:

  1. Start playing the video.

  2. Click on the Playback menu.

  3. Select the Subtitles submenu.

  4. Select Select a subtitles file.

    _images/playing_subtitles_submenu.png
  5. Find the subtitle file you want to open in the Open Subtitles File... file chooser dialog.

  6. Click on the Open button.

Interface for playing audio

When playing an audio item, there is no video shown. Instead, you can continue managing feeds and items and using the Miro interface.

When playing audio items, Miro looks like this:

_images/playing_playing_audio.png

In this screenshot, you can see:

  1. The previous button.
  2. The stop button.
  3. The play/pause button.
  4. The fullscreen button (greyed out because this is disabled when playing audio items).
  5. The next button.
  6. The timeline showing how far into the media item you are, the current position, and how much is left.
  7. The name of the media item and the name of the feed it is in.
  8. The volume control.

Shortcuts for playing audio:

Shortcut Action
Space or Ctrl+Space Play/Pause video
Ctrl+D Stop video
Ctrl+> Next video
Ctrl+< Previous Video
Shift+RIGHT Skip forward 30 seconds
Shift+LEFT Skip back 15 seconds
Ctrl+UP Volume up
Ctrl+DOWN Volume down
Ctrl+F Toggle fullscreen
Ctrl+T Toggle detached playback

External playback

Miro supports a very wide variety of video and audio codecs, but sometimes there are bugs and sometimes there are formats that are supported better by other players. For this reason, you may want to play the media item with an external player.

Playing a single item with an external player

To play a single item with the external player:

  1. Select the item you want to play.

  2. Right-click on the item to get the context menu.

  3. Select Play Externally.

    _images/playing_play_externally_menu.png

Configure Miro to play everything with an external player

To configure Miro to play everything with an external player:

  1. In the menu, select Preferences.

  2. Click on the Playback tab.

  3. Uncheck Play media in Miro.

    _images/playing_play_externally_preference.png

Whenever you play an item, Miro will pass the item to your operating system which will open the item in the application you have associated with that item type.

To configure which application is associated with that item type, consult your operating system documentation.

Note

On GNU/Linux, this is done with gnome-open.