VFS Player iconVFS Player

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VFS Player

'VFS Player' is a freeware media player that provides extended loop capabilities and supports bookmarks in media files.

For media content 'VFS Player' uses embedded Windows Media Player and embedded Apple Quick Time Player while for static content the Program uses embedded Internet Explorer. Windows Media Player, Apple Quick Time Player and Microsoft Internet Explorer can together display a huge amount of dynamic and static file formats.

'VFS Player' acts as a media server application capable of displaying subtitles for a number of client applications called Transcribers, namely Microsoft Word Transcriber Plugin, MediaPad, WordPadT and Subtitler.

 

Some dialogs are described separately: 'Settings' , 'Bookmarks', 'Open Media File'.

 


Media Player Icons Wndows Media Player Icon (Media) Apple Quick Time Player Icon (Media) Microsoft Internet Explorer icon

Media Player icons are listed in the following table.

Icon Player
Wndows Media Player Icon (Media) Windows Media Player
Apple Quick Time Player Icon (Media) Apple Quick Time Player
Microsoft Internet Explorer icon Microsoft Internet Explorer is used for static content. Dummy timer is used to "playback" HTML pages and pictures (aka 'Slides').

 


Main Window

VFS Player Main Window looks like this.

VFS Player Main Window (Commander view)

VFS Player Main Window

Window caption displays the current media file name, player state, position and volume level.

Main menu together with toolbars provide the basic control commands.

There is a state pane below toolbars (visible in 'Commander' view only).

There is a media player window below the state pane and a subtitles window at the bottom.

 


'Commander' view and 'Cinema' view

VFS Player provides two basic views - 'Commander' view and 'Cinema' view. 'Commander' view stands for creation, editing and markup while 'Cinema' view stands for demonstration. Last view is saved on exit and restored on startup.

To switch current view just select menu item "View\Commander", View\Cinema" or "View\Toggle View" or just press the 'V' key.

Unlike 'Commander' view, 'Cinema' view is resizable.

When maximizing, VFS Player switches to 'Cinema' view automatically.

More Main Window screenshots.

 


State Pane

The state pane is located below toolbars and is visible in 'Commander' view only.

State pane

State Pane

The icon on the left side corresponds to active client (WordPadT in the picture).

The 'Media' field displays the current media file name.

The 'Position' field displays the current media file position.

The icon on the right side corresponds to current media player.

 


Toolbar 'Player'

The 'Player' toolbar duplicates popular menu commands that deal with media file and playback. Here is how the toolbar looks like:

The 'Player' toolbar The 'Player' toolbar.

 


Toolbar 'Control'

The 'Control' toolbar duplicates menu commands that deal with volume, rate, settings, help and log window. Here is how the toolbar looks like:

The 'Control' toolbar The 'Control' toolbar.

 


Main Menu Commands

The following table lists and describes main VFS Player menu commands.

Icon Menu Description Comment
  File    
n/a Disconnects active client (if any).
Open Open media file.  
Open Recent Open recent media file.  
Exit Exit application  
   
  View    
Commander Switch to 'Commander' view. checked
Cinema Switch to 'Cinema view. 'Cinema view is resizable. checked
Toggle View Switch 'Commander' view to 'Cinema view and vice versa.  
Always on Top Make the main window the topmost. Use this command with caution!
Topmost window hides other application windows, including modal dialogs.
checked
Remove Frame Remove frame only in cinema view
Full Screen Switch to full screen mode.  
Subtitles Switch 'Subtitles' pane when maximized only
Player Controller Switch Player Controller on/off.  
   
  Player    
Play/Pause Start and pause playback.
Stop Stop playback.  
Rollback Move current position back. Rollback step is used.  
Step Back Move current position back.  
Step Forward Move current position forward.  
Go To Start Move current position to the beginning of media file.  
Go To End Move current position to the end of media file.  
Go To Position Display 'Go To Position' dialog.  
   
  Playback    
Mute Switch Mute mode on/off. checked
Volume Less Decrease volume.  
Volume Normal Set normal volume level.  
Volume More Increase volume.  
Rate Less Decrease rate.  
Rate Normal Set normal rate level.  
Rate More Increase rate.  
Loop Display 'Loop' dialog.  
   
  Options    
Add Bookmark Display 'Add Bookmark' dialog.  
Bookmarks Display 'Bookmarks' dialog.  
Styles Display 'Styles' dialog.  
Log Display 'Log' window.  
Settings Display 'Settings' dialog.  
Foot Control Display 'Foot Control Settings' dialog. if foot control library is present
   
  Help    
Help Open help file.  
Home Page Navigate to the Program Home Page. confirmation required
Donate Navigate to the 'Donate' Page.  
About Dialog 'About' displays program information, version number and copyright.  

 


VFS Player iconDialog 'About'

Select menu item "Help\About" to display the 'About' dialog. The 'About' dialog displays program information, version and copyright as well as media players versions.

VFS Player 'About' dialog

 


Dialog 'Loop'Dialog 'Loop'

Select menu item "Playback\Loop" to display the 'Loop' dialog. The 'Loop' dialog allows switching the Loop mode on and off. Loop settings are located on the 'Playback' page of the 'Settings' dialog.

The 'Loop' dialog looks like this.

VFS Player 'Loop' dialog

The 'Loop' toolbar button (checked) switches the Loop mode on and off silently.

 


'Open Link' Dialog'Open Link' Dialog

Some program dialogs and windows contain hyperlinks. After clicking on such hyperlink the following 'Open Link' dialog appears allowing user to check the URL and decide whether to follow the hyperlink or not.

Click "OK" to follow the hyperlink.

 


Subtitles

Definition

According to Wikipedia, Subtitles are textual versions of the dialog in films and television programs, usually displayed at the bottom of the screen. In VFS Player Subtitle is a formatted text that is displayed at the bottom of the screen. Subtitle appears at some moment of time (start time) during media file playback, stays on screen during some time interval (duration) and then disappears or is replaced by the next subtitle.

The Subtitles are controlled by the active document of the active client application and are displayed in the HTML control at the bottom part of the VFS Player main window. Subtitles are formatted using Styles. The Subtitles pane is used for some information messages as well.

Unicode is 100% supported. Unicode is 100% supported. Here is an example of a multi-language subtitle.
  An example of the multi-language subtitle.

 


Log WindowLog Window

Log Window displays clients list and events log. Active client has blue check mark icon, other clients have grey check mark icon. Active client icon is displayed in the left top part of the main window as well.

Log Window provides 'Clean' button (cleans log events) and 'Save' button (saves log in a file).

'Update' button updates clients list and is usefull, for example, when some of the client applications are killed by the Task Manager. Killed application cannot inform VFS Player and clients list can be invalid for some time (until the user performs an action in another client application). In such cases when the log window is open, the client list can be updated manually.

 

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