McGuire on August 27, 2002
Sigma Designs Product:
for the lowest
Xmedia Player is the bundled application
used for playback of media files with the Xcard. It provides
(limited) support for playlists & is also skinnable (Though
info. & the SDK for this is yet to be released).
Changes to playlists can only be made
when playback is stopped however (even adjusting
track order), the playlist window seemingly doesn’t support
scrolling with the mousewheel either & it also misreported
the playback time of a few lengthy MP3s I have (e.g. Zam The
Assassin – 3.mp3 in the image above, & Confrontation
With Count Dooku & Finale) & one MPEG4 file.
Semi-disappointingly though when Adding a file to the
playlist (Or trying to open one either for that matter)
you’re let select from All files rather than only
formats supported by the Xcard, e.g. .mp3, .mp4, etc.
Various rings of the application can be
hidden by clicking on the teardrop shaped icon to the
left/right of each ring.
Configuration options haven’t changed
too much from the Hollywood Plus, with the main change
being with regards to Video output options.
As you can say, amongst other things that
can be configured you can select which video output mode to
use & for TVs which format to use depending on what you’re
connecting to. The Video Adjustment tab allows you to
modify various colour settings as you can see, though
hopefully in the future this will be updated further –
personally I’d like to see a Reset Defaults option
added here as well as the ability to either key in numeric
As regards playing files right
clicking on the Play button allows you to change between
Disc mode & Playlist mode (This right clicking
actually goes for most buttons in Xmedia Player);
All in all Xmedia Player is neat enough,
though hopefully future updates will fix some of the
existing flexibility issues with it.