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Kaffeine is an Xine based Media Player. Xine is a freely distributed linux media player that plays CDs, DVDs, and VCDs.
This program also is able to interpret different movie file formats, such and AVI, MPEG, MP3, MOV, WMV, and many more. Some of Kaffeine's features include editable playlists, save streams and clips capability, an equalizers, and many file formats supports.
Typically Kaffeine is listed as a Video Player in the menu.
Operating a Movie File
On the bottom of the screen on the Kaffeine Media Player Window, there are operation buttons that users can utilize to view and navigate with a particular movie. On the top of this area there is a sliding bar that displays the progress of the movie that a user is watching.
To the right of the sliding ruler there is a time area. This section shows the elapsed time of the movie. On the bottom of the operation area, there are the standard tools that any VCR or DVD player would have. Play, Stop, Previous, Next, and Playlist are all located on this bar. Notice in the example, the Audio Channel is set to “auto” and the subtitles is turned to “off”. Control the volume by the sliding bar the is vertical, at the bottom right of the Kaffeine program. Last, there is a small record symbol button that is used to save streams and clips.
Opening a File
To Open a new video file in the Kaffeine program, click on the File Menu on the standard toolbar and move the mouse down to “Open”. From here a user is able to open any movie file that they have on their machine. However, the Kaffeine must be able to support the file format of the movie that a user wants to view. Use the open dialog box to navigate through files and folders to find a movie. Once the movie is found, double click the selection or click “Open”.
Note: A user may open a specific URL or open a subtitle file as well.
Saving Screen Shots
If a user wanted to save a particular screen shot during the movie that he or she is viewing, click on the File Menu on the Standard toolbar. From here move the mouse down until “Save ScreenShot” is selected.
Kaffeine will automatically freeze the selected frame from the movie and direct the user to the save as dialog box. At this point the user is able to navigate through files and folders to find the spot that they want to save the selected screen shot.
The Play Menu which is located on the Standard Toolbar allows users to choose if they are playing CDs, DVDs, or VCDs.
Also, users can toggle with allowing or disallowing Endless Play (movie will repeat over and over) or Random Play (for if users have created a playlist).
Users are able use subtitle file as well in this menu.
The View Menu
In the View Menu a user is able to view Full Screen or Minimal View. If Full Screen is selected by the user, then the movie display will cover the entire screen.
Minimal view will only extract the bottom operations from the Kaffeine screen.
Aspect Ratio is usually automatically set to auto by default, but it can be set manually by the user as well. At the bottom of the View Menu, a user is able to also Zoom In and Zoom Out of the movie display.
In the Bookmarks Menu on the Standard Toolbar, a user is able to Add Bookmarks, Edit Bookmarks, and Create a New Bookmark Folder.
To create a new Bookmark Folder, click on the Bookmarks Menu on the Standard Toolbar, and move the mouse down until “New Bookmark Folder” is selected. From here a user is able to create a name for their new folder. Click “OK” when finished.
To configure the Kaffeine program, click on the Config Menu on the Standard Toolbar. Move the mouse down until “Configure Kaffeine” is selected. From here a user is able to change General options and OSD options. Click the General options to modify formatting in the Kaffeine program.
Here, a user can toggle between allowing and disallowing loading playlist startup.
Next, a user is able to set a time interval for fake keypresses. Last, set the Title Format Code is the text box provided.
Click on the OSD tab next to configure Kaffeine's OSD options. First, a user can choose if they want to use OSD titles or not. Next, allow or disallow Animation on the OSD titles. Finally, a user is able to select color and time limits or OSD titles.
To access the Video Settings, simply click on the Config Menu on the Standard Toolbar and move the mouse down until “Video Settings” is selected. This option should be the first choice on the Config Menu.
Once a user has selected this option, a small dialog box appears.
From here a user is able to manipulate the Hue, Saturation, Contrast, Brightness, Audio Amp, AV Offset, and Subtitle Offset.
Click the “Defaults” button if a user can not get the settings back to the original values.
To access the Equalizer, a user can simply click on the Config Menu on the Standard Toolbar and move the
mouse down until “Equalizer” is selected. This option should be right below “Video Settings”.
Once a user has accessed the equalizer, hthey will able to adjust the Hertz of each size of channel that is provided by the Kaffeine program.
Click the small Playlist button on the operations portions of the Kaffeine program. This task will take the user to a small playlist dialog box. From this area a user is able to add movies to the list, save a list, open a new list, edit a list, and sort a list. Notice the titles, lengths, and extensions are viewable in the playlist.