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Table of Contents

Overview

In this section all the plackback screens with their elements and functions are explained.

Controls

Player

Play : Plays the media item

Pause : Only visible during playback - pauses the playback

Stop : Stops the playback

Previous: Only visible if not first item and > 1 items existing - jumps to previous item

Next : Only visible, if not the last item and > 1 items existing - jumps to the next item

Foreward : Forewarding, multiple presses increase the speed

Backward : Backwarding, multiple presses increase the speed

Functions

Eject Disc : For disc media - ejects the disc

Menu : For disc media - navigates to the root menu

Settings : Opens a setting dialog

Chapter :

Info : Opens the info screen for the current media item

Subtitle : Provides a list of subtitles for selection

Audio : Toggles audio and provides a list of audio tracks for selection, if > 1 track

General

Back : Navigates to the previous screen

Exit : Exits MediaPortal 2 directly

Playback Current Item

MediaPortal 2 has reserved the bottom right corner to always show the playback controls for the current item independ from which screen you visit. This is a huge advantage for e.g. mouse or tablet users, because they can always control the current playback and toggle back to full screen playback while using MediaPortal 2 elsewhere.

PiP Playback

PiP (Picture in Picture) works with basically all media types. This means, that you can watch / listen to two media sources (audio, video, TV) at once, while one is shown in full screen (primary player) and the other is shown in a small PiP window (secondary player). In case of TV this means, that you can watch 2 channels at once (e.g. so as not to miss when a program restarts after advertisement).

PiP examples with controls

You can switch between the players by selecting the focusable PiP window (remote/mouse/keyboard) or just the the "Red" button (or the button mapped to it) on your remote. To watch the primary player, while listening to the audio of the secondary player, enable (unmute) audio with the mute button on the secondry, audio from the primary player will be automatically muted.

See also → PiP functionality with Live-TV.

Video Playback

This section covers playback of movies, series or every other video item.

The OSD in the bottom of the screen slides in/out when pressing

  • Keyboard: Menu
  • Mouse: Right click
  • Remote: Info

The OSD shows the media information and thumbnail (if present). Addtionally it offers player controls:

  • Player buttons as play, pause, stop, forward ...
  • Progress bar with start/end time and current time
  • Menu button
  • Info screen
  • Chapter & chapter up/down buttons
  • Subtitles
  • Audio button to select track & volume up/down buttons
  • Navigate to previous page
  • Close MediaPortal 2

Audio Playback

The screen shows fanart in the background (if present).

According to the audio levels a dynamic spectrum analyzer animating the playback additonaly. → Deactivate the audio spectrum analyser

The OSD in the bottom right shows when pressing

  • Keyboard: Menu
  • Mouse: Right click
  • Remote: Info

The OSD shows the media information and cover (if present) with spinning disc. Addtionally it offers player controls:

  • Player buttons as play, pause, stop, forward ...
  • Progress bar with current playback time
  • Info screen
  • Audio button to select track & volume up/down buttons
  • Navigate to previous page
  • Close MediaPortal 2

Image Playback

The OSD in the bottom right shows when pressing

  • Keyboard: Menu
  • Mouse: Right click
  • Remote: Info

The OSD shows the media title. Addtionally it offers player controls:

  • Player buttons as play, pause, stop, forward ...
  • Info screen
  • Audio button to select track & volume up/down buttons
  • Navigate to previous page
  • Close MediaPortal 2



   

 

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