Viewer - audio/video - improve playback controls

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Viewer - audio/video - improve playback controls

Post by user0 »

XnViewMP 1.6.0 64bit
Windows11 (22H2), display resolution 3840x2160, win scaling 150%

Viewer - audio/video files
playback controls are inconvenient


Viewport area
  • zoom shortcuts should not scroll to prev/next file
    (default zoom shortcuts: CTRL+Wheel, RMB/LMB+Wheel)
    - they either should zoom content (video/audio cover) OR do nothing
  • add player controls
    (editable via new 'Playbar' item in combobox in Settings > Shortcuts)
    - space - play/pause
    - left/right buttons - go 5 sec back/forward
    - up/down - control volume
    - m - mute/unmute
  • improve context menu
    - move 'Loop video playing' and 'Auto play (video)' settings closer to user (remove them from Settings completely)
    - rename them to 'Loop' and 'Auto play'

  • rework layout
    into 2 rows layout (see FastStone, ACDSee)
    • seekbar
      - move seekbar to the top, so it takes whole space and looks fine even in small size
    • volume control
      - make volume control always visible
      - scrolling on volume control shall regulate volume
      - clicking on sound icon shall switch mute state
    • enhance appearance
      - maybe make playbar transparent (see Youtube, Vimeo)
      - maybe make playbar disappearing after few seconds
      with ability to lock it via context menu
    • buttons
      - there is a lot of space in the 2nd row, so new buttons can be added later, eg 'rewind 10sec back'
  • add replay functionality
    when media ends and loop is off, slider shall jump to the begining, so clickling on play button will start playing
  • fix scroll over playbar
    • inside red area
      it either shall scroll properly or do nothing
    • outside red area
      it should not scroll to prev/next file

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Last edited by user0 on Sun May 05, 2024 3:49 pm, edited 8 times in total.
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Re: Viewer - audio/video - improve playback controls

Post by Oleksii »

Those are very reasonable suggestions !!!
I totally agree that they will improve user experience when exploring video files.

Will look forward when this will be implemented.
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Re: Viewer - audio/video - improve playback controls

Post by Blossoms »

I am also in favour of these suggestions, as they would improve the user experience a lot. Especially the shortcuts to play/pause video.

I could not find a play/pause hotkey in Settings -> Interface -> Shortcuts.

Another suggestion: In full screen, the control bar should disappear, but reappear when the mouse is moved.
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Re: Viewer - audio/video - improve playback controls

Post by jayboyjayboy »

YES YES YES - a play/pause shortcut for videos is critical imo

such a great program!

Last bumped by user0 on Tue Apr 16, 2024 6:51 pm.