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Disable Windows Screensaver and Monitor Powerdown when entering Fullscreen mode
The Windows Screensaver and Power Management features can activate the windows screen saver or turn off your monitor while watching videos or listening to music. This happens because no input is given (clicking the keyboard/moving the mouse). Zoom Player can automatically disable the windows screen saver and monitor powerdown while working in fullscreen/zoom mode to resolve this issue.

Disable Windows Screensaver and Monitor Powerdown while running
Enabling this setting prevents the Windows Screensaver and Monitor Powerdown from activating even while in windowed mode.

Use Internal Screen Saver (seconds)
Since Zoom Player disables the windows screen saver by default, Zoom Player implements its own Internal Screen Saver. Unlike Window's screen saver, Zoom Player's internal screen saver only activates when nothing is playing (media is paused, DVD in menu, etc). The screen saver can cover the entire monitor (fullscreen) or just the video area.

Exit player while in screen saver (seconds)
This setting controls whether Zoom Player should close itself after the internal screen saver has been active a specified number of seconds.

Internal Screen Saver should not Max the CPU
Some of Zoom Player's internal screen saver effects are procedural (mathematically calculated in real time), enabling this setting ensures the screen saver takes very little CPU power. The screen saver experience wont be as smooth/appealing in this case.

Allow the Internal Screen Saver to be used when playing Audio files
By default, the internal screen saver is not activated when playing audio files. This setting instructs Zoom Player to activate the screen saver when playing audio files.

Display the Currently Playing media name
When enabled, the internal screen saver displays the currently playing media name as part of the screen saver display.

Display the Current Time
When enabled, the internal screen saver displays the current time.

Display Streamers (adds a water effect to the image)
When enabled, a water-like animation effect will appear over the screen saver image (increases CPU usage).

Screen saver mode
Several screen saving modes are available:

  1. Blank (Power Saving)
    A blank (black) screen is used as the background image which reduces your display device power usage.
  2. Sinus Plasma SlideShow (Power Saving)
    A procedurally generated Sinus Plasma is used as the background image.
    To save power, the background image uses dark colors.
  3. Sinus Plasma SlideShow
    A procedurally generated Sinus Plasma is used as the background image
  4. Plasma Cloud Slideshow (Power Saving)
    A procedurally generated Plasma cloud pattern is used as the background image.
    To save power, the background image uses dark colors.
  5. Plasma Cloud Slideshow
    A procedurally generated Plasma cloud pattern is used as the background image.
  6. Image Slideshow
    A slideshow of random images (taken from the specified path).

Slideshow (seconds)
The number of seconds between each screen saver transition.

Slideshow Transition
Several transition effects are available. All but "none" increases CPU usage during transitions. Increasing the Smoothness value slows down the transition to make it appear smoother.

Frame capture (screenshot) save path
By specifying a folder path in this field, Zoom Player attempts to save frame captures (screenshots) into the specified folder. If no folder is specified, the images will be saved to the "My Documents" folder. Please note that Frame capture support depends on the selected video renderer (not all video renderers support a frame capture interface). The best video renderer for frame capture is 'VMR9 Windowless'.

Frame capture (screenshot) format
Specify the image format to be used when capturing frames. PNG is the best format when trying to preserve image quality while JPEG gives the best file size.