Playing items

Playing items

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

When playing video, Miro looks like this:

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In this screenshot, you can see:

  1. The previous button.
  2. The stop button.
  3. The play/pause button.
  4. The next button.
  5. The timeline showing how far into the media item you are, the current position, and how much is left.
  6. The name of the media item and the name of the podcast it is in.
  7. The volume control.
  8. The shuffle toggle. Toggles between Off and On.
  9. The repeat toggle. Toggles between Off, Repeat All, and Repeat 1.

Shortcuts for playing video:

Shortcut Action
Space or Ctrl+Space Play/Pause
Ctrl+D Stop
LEFT Next item
RIGHT Previous item
Shift+RIGHT Skip forward 30 seconds
Shift+LEFT Skip back 15 seconds
UP or Ctrl+UP Volume up
DOWN 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 File -> Preferences 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.
  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.
  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 audio items, Miro looks just like it does when playing video however, since there’s no video, you can continue to do things in the sidebar and main view.

Shortcuts for playing audio:

Shortcut Action
Space or Ctrl+Space Play/Pause
Ctrl+D Stop
LEFT Next item
RIGHT Previous item
Shift+RIGHT Skip forward 30 seconds
Shift+LEFT Skip back 15 seconds
Ctrl+UP Volume up
Ctrl+DOWN Volume down

Note

If you click on the name of the media item in the playback controls area, Miro will center that item in the view.

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.

Configure Miro to play everything with an external player

To configure Miro to play everything with an external player:

  1. Select the File -> Preferences menu item.
  2. Click on the Playback tab.
  3. Uncheck Play media in Miro.

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.