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Title:
Microsoft Windows media player handbook
Author:
McEvoy, Seth.
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Publication Information:
Redmond, Wash. : Microsoft Press, [2000]

©2000
Physical Description:
xvii, 299 pages : illustrations ; 23 cm + 1 computer optical disc (4 3/4 in.)
Language:
English
ISBN:
9780735611788
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Book

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With Windows Media Player 7, consumers get one-click access to the richest multimedia experience on line. And with this comprehensive handbook, they get one-stop information on how to use new Media Player capabilities and quickly create their own digital music, video, and art. Written by members of the Microsoft Windows Media Player team, this concise guide delivers inside insights on the technology -- including interactive skins that allow users to change the look and feel of the Player; customizable animations; and CD-quality audio that's half the size of MP3 files. Users get easy-to-follow tips for everything from ripping tracks from favorite CDs onto their PCs to animating the user interface and porting digital media to a Pocket PC player.


Table of Contents

Introductionp. IX
Part 1 Using Windows Media Playerp. 1
Chapter 1 Getting Startedp. 3
What is Windows Media Player?p. 3
Now Playing: plays music and videop. 4
Media Library: organizes your filesp. 4
Media Guide: searches the Internetp. 4
CD Audio: copies music from CDsp. 4
Skin Chooser: provides custom user interfacesp. 5
Visualizations: dance to the musicp. 6
Portable Device: copies music to your pocketp. 7
Radio Tuner: tune in to Internet radiop. 8
Installing Windows Media Playerp. 8
Beginning your installationp. 8
Using auto upgradep. 17
Using skinsp. 18
Choosing Skinsp. 18
Downloading skinsp. 20
Changing modes to use the current skinp. 20
Bordersp. 21
Using visualizationsp. 21
Installing visualizationsp. 22
Using presetsp. 23
Using propertiesp. 23
Using full-screen visualizationsp. 23
Chapter 2 How Does the Player Work?p. 25
Playing a file in only three stepsp. 25
Step 1 Start with the full mode Playerp. 25
Step 2 Choose a songp. 28
Step 3 Click Playp. 28
Using the navigation buttonsp. 29
Watching visualizationsp. 31
Changing other settingsp. 32
SRS WOW Effects settingsp. 32
Graphic Equalizer settingsp. 33
Video settingsp. 34
Windows Media Informationp. 35
Captionsp. 36
Using menusp. 36
File menup. 36
View menup. 37
Play menup. 39
Tools menup. 40
Options dialog boxp. 41
Help menup. 43
Compact mode shortcut menup. 43
Changing views in full modep. 45
Finding files on the Internetp. 46
Copying music from CDsp. 46
Copying tracksp. 47
Selecting copy optionsp. 48
Using playlistsp. 49
Using the Media Libraryp. 49
Using the Radio Tunerp. 54
Using Station Finderp. 55
Using station presetsp. 56
Working with radio stations in the Media Libraryp. 56
Chapter 3 Understanding Media Filesp. 57
File formatsp. 57
Determining file types with extensionsp. 58
Changing file associationsp. 59
Supported file typesp. 61
Codecsp. 66
Sampling and Bit Ratesp. 67
Using MP3p. 68
Using the Windows Media Audio codecp. 68
Where do you get codecs?p. 69
Which codecs do you have?p. 70
Understanding digital rightsp. 72
Creating encrypted music filesp. 73
Copy settings enable personal rights managementp. 75
Copying music to a CDp. 76
Chapter 4 Receiving Internet Audio and Videop. 79
Downloading filesp. 79
Progressive downloadingp. 82
Streaming mediap. 84
Chapter 5 Using Windows Media Player with Portable Devicesp. 91
Using portable devicesp. 91
Music in your pocketp. 91
PC in your pocketp. 92
Windows Media Player for Pocket PCp. 94
Using Windows Media Player on a portable devicep. 95
Starting the Playerp. 95
Using the buttonsp. 95
Using the slidersp. 96
Copying music to and from your devicesp. 97
Deleting songs from the Pocket PCp. 99
Files that can be copiedp. 100
Digital rights managementp. 100
Optimizing file copyingp. 101
Creating playlists on a portable devicep. 102
Using skins on portable devicesp. 103
Loading skinsp. 103
Creating your own skinsp. 104
Using other portable devicesp. 104
Part 2 Creating Skinsp. 105
Chapter 6 What Are Skins?p. 107
Introductionp. 107
Architecture of skinsp. 109
Skins drive the playerp. 110
XMLp. 112
What is XML?p. 112
How XML is used in skinsp. 112
The rules of XMLp. 113
How to author in XMLp. 115
How to create the Skin Definition File in XMLp. 115
JScriptp. 121
Calling JScript functionsp. 121
Controlling the Playerp. 122
Art filesp. 127
Art file formatsp. 128
Simple art examplep. 129
Chapter 7 How to Design Skinsp. 135
User interface guidelinesp. 135
Windows interfacep. 135
Windows Media Player interfacep. 136
A process for designing skinsp. 144
Step 1 Analyzing what to dop. 145
Step 2 Designing the user interfacep. 146
Step 3 Creating the artp. 147
Step 4 Writing the codep. 149
Chapter 8 Creating a Sample Skinp. 153
Step 1 Analyze what to dop. 154
Basic functionality of the sample skinp. 154
Step 2 Design the user interfacep. 155
What user interface elements are available?p. 155
What will the sample user interface do?p. 156
Step 3 Create the artp. 158
Types of artp. 159
Creating the primary image filep. 160
Step 4 Write the codep. 168
Creating the skin definition filep. 168
Chapter 9 Adding More to Skinsp. 177
Adding a progress barp. 177
Progress bar art filesp. 178
Progress bar codep. 179
Adding a sliderp. 180
Adding a custom sliderp. 181
Custom slider art filesp. 182
Custom slider codep. 183
Adding a video windowp. 185
Video art filesp. 185
Video window codep. 185
Adding a visualizationp. 186
Visualization art filesp. 186
Visualization codep. 187
Adding a sliding drawerp. 188
Drawer art filesp. 189
Drawer codep. 190
Adding a dialog box for opening filesp. 194
Adding a playlistp. 195
Playlist codep. 195
Adding textp. 196
Text codep. 196
Going furtherp. 198
Chapter 10 Testing and Distributing Skinsp. 199
Testing skinsp. 199
Analyzing what is going on inside your skinp. 199
Using Microsoft Visual InterDevp. 210
Being sure your skin is completep. 211
Distributing skinsp. 211
Zipping it upp. 211
Testing it againp. 212
Sending it outp. 212
Part 3 Advanced Topicsp. 213
Chapter 11 Using Windows Media Player in a Web Pagep. 215
Getting startedp. 215
Setting up your Web pagep. 221
Using ActiveXp. 221
Using the OBJECT element of HTMLp. 222
Defining the user interface with HTMLp. 223
Implementing event handlersp. 227
Understanding Player control limitationsp. 228
Previous versions of the controlp. 228
Ensuring that the Player is installedp. 229
Going furtherp. 230
Chapter 12 Creating Custom Media Contentp. 231
Using markersp. 232
Inserting markersp. 232
Using markers in scriptsp. 235
Using URLsp. 236
Inserting URLsp. 236
Using URLs in scriptsp. 239
Using script commandsp. 241
Inserting script commandsp. 242
Custom script commandsp. 243
Using captioningp. 245
Chapter 13 Creating Multimedia Applicationsp. 249
Using bordersp. 249
How to create bordersp. 252
Creating a sample borderp. 256
Chapter 14 Creating Custom Visualizationsp. 259
Software toolsp. 259
Installing Visual C++p. 260
Installing the Windows Media Player 7 SDKp. 260
Installing the Visualization Wizardp. 260
Installing Windows Media Player 7p. 262
Creating your project templatesp. 262
Project filesp. 262
Creating the filesp. 264
Building a test visualizationp. 266
Seeing the test visualizationp. 267
Implementing the Render interfacep. 269
Control flow between Player and visualizationp. 269
Parameters of the Render methodp. 270
Implementing presetsp. 271
Render methodp. 271
GetPresetTitlep. 271
Preset Enumerationp. 272
Resource Headerp. 272
Resource Stringsp. 272
Sample codep. 273
Going furtherp. 275
Glossaryp. 277
Indexp. 289
About the Authorp. 299