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Introduction to the fullscreen navigation interfaces
Zoom Player is designed to work as a standard windowed media player in as a fullscreen media center with powerful, flexible and customizable navigation interfaces that control everything from a media library to powerful image enhancements.


Keyboard and Remote Control Devices
For simplicity and ease of use, the navigation system is controlled through a 5 button system (Up/Down/Left/Right/Select {ENTER}), accessible through the keyboard or remote control devices. The fullscreen navigation is ideally suited to Convert any PC into a Home Entertainment Center or using a tablet's touch screen.

Mouse & Touch Screens
To navigate the fullscreen interfaces using a mouse or touch-screen, many shortcuts exist:

  1. Clicking the navigation interface's title or icon brings up the previous navigation menu, all the way up toward the "Main" navigation interface.
  2. Clicking the right-arrow icon opens up function menus where you can perform certain actions (sorting, erasing, etc) on the current item or list.
  3. Clicking the media-type icon (audio/video) selects entries.
  4. Double-clicking an item in the list activates the list.
  5. Certain fullscreen navigation skins and interfaces may have directional control arrows for adjusting values.
  6. The mouse screen-wheel can be used for both scrolling and with mouse devices supporting right/left tilting, the mouse wheel can be used to simulate left/right menu navigation.
Customizable
Through the advanced options dialog, you can decide which navigation interfaces are accessible from the Main navigation dialog along with many other settings controlling the overall look and feel, including a custom background image with supported navigation skins.

Media Library
The Media Library groups files from different locations on your computer as a virtual drive divided into one or more categories. Categories and their associated folders are specified through the Media Library Editor (Shift+"M") or by using the Media Scanner. The initial interface gives you a category listing (as specified through the media library editor), pressing ENTER on a category opens the file listing for that category at the root folder (for the category). Pressing RIGHT on a category brings you into the previous file list position. Clicking RIGHT from the file list opens the function list, allowing you to copy/move files, sort the file list, etc.

Special Keys:
  • INSERT
    If a folder is selected, plays the contents of the selected folder.
    If a file is selected, all files within the same folder are played.
  • DEL
    Delete the currently highlighted file or folder (with confirmation).
  • BACKSPACE
    Go up a folder.

File Browser
The File Browser is a smart way to navigate your file system. The initial dialog lists your drives (Hard Disks/CD/DVD/USB/etc) and custom network shares.
Pressing ENTER with a drive highlighted opens the drive at its root (top most) folder.
Pressing RIGHT with a drive highlighted opens the drive in the previously navigated folder.
Pressing RIGHT while in the file listing area brings up the function list, allowing you to copy/move files, sort the file list, etc.

Special Keys:
  • INSERT
    If a folder is selected, plays the contents of the selected folder.
    If a file is selected, all files within the same folder are played.
    If used while in the Drive list dialog, contents of the entire drive is played (use with caution).
  • DEL
    Delete the currently highlighted file or folder (with confirmation).
  • BACKSPACE
    Go up a folder.

Playlist
The Playlist is used to play and edit the content of the current play list. Clicking RIGHT brings up the function list, allowing you to sort the file list, clear the play list, etc.

Special Keys:
  • INSERT
    Select the currently highlighted entry, allowing functions to perform on multiple entries at once.
  • DEL
    Remove the currently highlighted file from the playlist (the original file is not deleted).

Play History
The play history navigation interfaces provides an easy way to list previously viewed media and to quickly switch between previously played media tracks. Clicking right brings you to the function menu where you can hide and delete play history entries.

GoTo Time
The GoTo navigation interface is used to easily access any position in the media timeline. Use the LEFT/RIGHT key to switch between the HOUR/MINUTE/SECOND fields, and UP/DOWN to modify each field.
Press select (enter) to seek to the newly specified timeline position.

Stream Selection
Using the stream selection navigation interface, you can switch the Audio and Subtitle stream on the currently playing media.

Color Control
Graphic cards can control various aspects of the video image (Brightness, Contrast, Gamma, Hue, Saturation, etc). The color control is used to adjust these video color properties.

Use the UP/DOWN arrow keys to navigate through color control options, click RIGHT and then UP/DOWN to adjust the value. Using the mouse, you can directly click on the bars on the right side of the interface to set a value directly.

Equalizer
The Equalizer navigation interface is used to adjust the built-in Equalizer and PreAmp (digital amplification) values.

Use the UP/DOWN arrow keys to navigate through the equalizer entries, click RIGHT and then UP/DOWN to adjust the value. Using the mouse, you can directly click on the bars on the right side of the interface to set a value directly.

Information
The information navigation interface provides information on the currently playing media along with its folder image (if one exists).

Chapter/Bookmark Browser
The chapter/bookmark navigation interface is used to quickly browse through DVD bookmarks (in DVD mode) and media chapter (in Media mode).

Media Scanner
The media scanner navigation interface scans your entire computer for media files. Folders containing playable media can be browsed, added to an existing media library category or form the basis of a new media library category.

Adjust Image
The Adjust Image navigation interface is used to position the video in Fullscreen/Zoom modes. Using the UP/DOWN keys you can select between Aspect Ratio, DeInterlacing, Sharpening, X-Offset (Position from left of screen), Y-Offset (Position from top of screen), Video Width, Video Height, H-Resize (Horizontal resize), V-Resize (Vertical Resize).
Click RIGHT and then UP/DOWN to adjust each value.

Station List
The Station navigation interface is used to easily navigate through favorite station entries created using the Station Editor (TV and Radio) and to navigate the internet streaming radio station index, covering radio content from the across the world.
Use the UP/DOWN keys to select a station and Select (ENTER) to play.

Download Manager
The Download Manager tracks active qBitTorrent/uTorrent/eMule downloads (Once you correctly specify the paths/passwords in the Advanced Options Dialog).

Image Blanking
Image Blanking is the process of covering a section of the video area with a black rectangle in order to hide unwanted video content. Blanking is mostly used in cases where the widescreen video area may contain gray video (rather than black) which can be distracting.

Use the UP/DOWN arrow keys to select the video area to Blank out (Left, Right, Top, Bottom).
Click RIGHT and then UP/DOWN to adjust each value.

Mouse Wheel
Zoom Player employs many functions which are accessible through the Mouse Wheel. You can select which functions are accessible through the "Advanced Options/Interface/Mouse/Wheel" dialog.

The mouse wheel interface allows access to the same functions through an on screen display.
Use the UP/DOWN keys to scroll through the functions and Select (ENTER) to activate the selected function and close the mouse wheel navigation interface.

A further modification on this principle is to assign the middle mouse button to open the mouse wheel navigation interface (Advanced Options/Interface/Mouse), and then use the mouse wheel to scroll through entries. Clicking the mouse wheel activates the new functionality.

Navigation Style
Zoom Player ships with a default navigation style (skin) and two customizable styles for either light or dark custom background images. Many other navigation styles are available download on the skins section.

Extended Menu
The Extended Menu navigation interface is a flexible scripted interface, providing access to a customizable user-defined interface.
Use the UP/DOWN arrow keys to scroll through the available functions, sub-menus are highlighted a different color.
The LEFT/RIGHT keys are used to go into/out of these sub-menus.

The extended menu navigation for DVD and Media modes is defined in the Menu file (see english.menu in the language folder). If you modify the menu file, make sure to assign it under "Advanced Options / Interface - Alternative context menu file".

Web Information
The Web URL interface is used to associate a DVD or Media file with either a Text or URL file (web page). By creating a file with the same base file name as the currently playing media file, opening the Web URL interface displays the content of the file.

For Example:
myvideo.avi
myvideo.url


Valid file extensions are "URL" for a URL file linking to a web page. "htm/html" for local web pages and "nfo/txt" for local text files. To associate a file with DVDs, you need to create a file called "VIDEO_TS" with the appropriate file extension (URL/HTML/TXT/etc) and place it in the DVD bookmark folder (when playing a DVD for the very first time, Zoom Player creates a folder for the DVD under the "Zoom Player\DVD-Bookmarks" folder).

System
The system navigation interface is used to perform certain system functions such as blanking secondary screens, starting the internal screen saver or exiting Zoom Player.