Opening Media Files

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 'Open media file' icon.Opening Media Files

To open a media file drag and drop it to the VFS Player window. Alternatively select 'File\Open' menu command or press the'Open media file' icon.'Open Media File' button on toolbar.

The 'Open Media File' dialog appears allowing to select file extensions filter.

The following 'Open Media File' dialog is the same in VFS Player and in all transcribers.

'Open Media File' dialog. 'Open Media File' dialog.
File extensions filter buttons are located at the left of "Browse" button. File extensions filter buttons are located on the left of 'Browse' button.

Type in the required media file path and press 'OK'. Or click radio button with corresponding player icon. This sets file extensions filter for File Open dialog. If you don't want to filter file extensions click 'All Files' "All Files" button.button.  Then click 'Browse' "Browse" button.button.

First 'Media Folders' dialog appears allowing to select one of recently used media folders.

'Media Folders' dialog. 'Media Folders' dialog.

Select the required folder and click 'OK'. Or click 'Cancel' to skip 'Media Folders' dialog.

Hold Ctrl key while clicking 'Browse' button to skip the 'Media Folders' dialog.

Then standard File Open dialog appears.

Standard File Open dialog with 'Apple Quick Time' file extensions filter. Standard File Open dialog
with 'Apple Quick Time' file extensions filter.

Select the required file and click 'Open'.

 

Select the required file and click 'Open'. This fills in the 'Path' field in the 'Open Media File' dialog.

The 'Player' field is filled in automatically based on the media file extension. Press 'OK' to open the media file.

'Open Media File' dialog. 'Open Media File' dialog.

 


 Opening Recent Media Files

To open a recent media file select 'File\Open Recent' menu command. The 'Recent Files' dialog appears allowing to select recent a media file together with the start playback position.

'Recent Files' dialog. 'Recent Files' dialog.

Select the required list entry and click 'OK' to open the media file.

 


 Short File Names and 'Media Folders'

As one can notice, the 'Recent Files' dialog contains short media file names, not full paths. All transcribers use short file names for media links as well. How does the program find the full media file path? The answer is in "Media Folders" list.

When user opens a media file, then its folder is saved in "Media Folders" list, which is saved in VFS Player settings. When user opens any document in any transcriber (client application), then the document folder is saved in temporary folder list in VFS Player (server application).

When a program needs a full media file path (user clicks media link in the transcriber, or selects one of the recent media files for open), the following media file search algorithm is applied.

VFS Player searches media file in each media folder and each document folder together with their parent folders (if any). In each case it also tests the following subfolders (if any) - "media", "_media", "video", "videos", "audio", "sound", "snd", "music", "video_ts" and "audio_ts" (this list of subfolders is hardcoded). If media file is found then VFS Player loads it to the corresponding media player. Otherwise, the "File 'media_file_name' not found" error is silently logged.

Typically users store media files in some folders like 'My video', 'LastVacation' and so on and "Media Folders" approach is very convenient as long as there are no different media files with the same name in different folders.

If you use the new media location first time (for example after massive files transition), just open the media file in 'VFS Player' or in any transcriber program directly and the corresponding media folder will be saved automatically.

 

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