Figure 1. Common Solo Performer Player Configuration
A solo/stand-up performer or presenter has distinctly different requirements than that of a Kiosk setup. This topic will point out the things you will likely need to configure in the Easy Player (EZPlayer) and where to find the settings.
For this cookbook, we'll assume you have read the Sound Mill Quick Start page.
It explains how to drag/drop your audio files into the Sound List Editor to create your Sound List. And it explains some of the terminology used in our documentation.
After completing the setup steps below, you should have a working Player looking similar to Figure 1.
Download the Playlist Template
A Sample Playlist configured from these cookbook instructions is available for download (Figure 1). Once downloaded, you can import it into any Sound List. It has some dummy cues to illustrate the look/behavior of the cue buttons table. You can simply delete the dummy cues and add cues from your own Sound List.
Simply Download the Playlist to any folder on your computer. If you put it in your "Documents/Sound Mill X3" folder it will be easy to find when you are ready to import it.
In the Sound Mill - Easy Player, go to File > Playlist Port > Import.
Go to File > Open Playlist and pick the imported Playlist.
Then rebuild the Player (Actions > Rebuild Player).
Pick a Color Theme
Picking a Color Theme, will set the Player colors for: Player background, Play Position Time Readout, Cue Buttons, and some other visible elements. The Playlist in Figure 1 has a "White on Blue" theme (white foreground (text color), blue background).
Go to Edit Player Elements > Player Color Theme. The Color Group Editor opens to pick your Color Theme.
Rebuild Player action (in Action menu) to view the results.
If you using the "Solo Performer Playlist Template" (from above), you will want to delete the sample cues that came with the template. Go to Edit Playlist > Edit, Delete or Re-order Cue Buttons, and click the Remove All button.
In the EZPlayer, go to Edit Playlist > Choose Sound Items for Cue Buttons. You can create Cue Buttons from all SoundItems with one click or pick a selection of SoundItems to use.
Now we'll pick a font that will fill the Cue Buttons for best reading at a distance.
Resize the EZPlayer window to full screen. We'll assume full screen is how you will use it during a performance.
Go to Edit Playlist > Cue Button Font > Select a Font. Picking the size is important because you want a large font to read from a distance. Pick Size=72 to start with. You don't need to settle on the standard sizes offered in the Font dialog (Figure 2) -- you can type in a custom font size number into the textbox at the top of the Size picker. If Size 72 is not large enough, type in a higher number.
Rebuild Player to see how the text fills out the Cues Buttons. It may take a few tries to find the optimal size.
Easy Player Elements: 1. Window Title Bar;
2. Window Menu Bar;
3. Playlist Marquee Image;
4. Playlist Title;
5. Playlist Description;
6. Playback Controls Panel;
7. Playback Time Position Readout;
8. Volume Bar and Volume/Mute Indicator;
9. Playback Position Progress Bar and Playing/Paused Indicator;
10. Cue Button - Playing Cue;
11. Cue Button - Unselected;
12. Cue Button - Selected;
13. Window Status Message Bar.