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Applies to SUSE Linux Enterprise Server 15 SP4

18 GNOME Videos

Learn how to play a video file or DVD and how to set video preferences.

GNOME Videos is the default movie player. GNOME Videos provides the following multimedia features:

  • Support for a variety of video and audio files

  • A variety of zoom levels and aspect ratios, and a full screen view

  • Seek and volume controls

  • Playlists

  • Complete keyboard navigation

To start GNOME Videos, open the Activities overview by pressing Meta and search for video.

18.1 Using GNOME Videos

When you start GNOME Videos, the following window is displayed.

GNOME Videos start-up window
Figure 18.1: GNOME Videos start-up window

18.1.1 Opening a video or audio file

  1. Press the + button in the upper left corner of the window and select Add Local Video.

  2. Select the video you want to open, then click Add.

    The video will be added to the list in the main window and you can select it from there.

You can also drag a file from another application (such as a file manager) to the GNOME Videos window. GNOME Videos opens the file and plays the movie or song. GNOME Videos displays the title of the movie or song beneath the display area and in the titlebar of the window.

Note
Note: Unrecognized file format

If you try to open a file format that GNOME Videos does not recognize, the application displays an error message and recommends a suitable codec.

You can double-click a video or audio file in GNOME Files to open it in the GNOME Videos window by default.

18.1.2 Opening a video or audio file by URI location

  1. Press the + button in the upper left corner of the window and select Add Web video.

  2. Type or paste the address of the video you want to open.

  3. Press Add.

    The video will be added to the list in the main window and you can select it from there.

18.1.3 Playing a DVD, VCD, or CD

To play a DVD, VCD, or CD, insert the disc in the drive of your computer, then move the mouse pointer over the notification and press Open with Videos.

To eject a DVD, VCD, or CD, click Movie / Eject.

To pause a movie or song that is playing, click the GNOME Videos Pause button, or click Movie / Play/Pause. When you pause a movie or song, the statusbar displays Paused and the time elapsed on the current movie or song.

To resume playing a movie or song, click the GNOME Videos Play button, or click Movie / Play/Pause.

To play or pause a movie, you can also press P.

To view properties of a movie or song, click View / Sidebar to make the sidebar appear. The dialog contains the title, artist, year, and duration of movie or song, video dimensions, codec, frame rate, and the audio bit rate.

18.1.4 Changing the zoom factor

To change the zoom factor of the display area, use any of the following methods:

To zoom to full screen mode

Click the arrow button in the upper right corner of the player. Alternatively, press F.

To exit fullscreen mode, press F again or Esc.

To zoom in or out

Press the menu button in the upper right corner of the window and select Zoom In or press R. To zoom out, disable Zoom In or press T.

To switch between different aspect ratios, press the menu button in the upper right corner of the window and select Aspect Ratio.

The default aspect ratio is Auto.

18.1.5 Choosing subtitles

To choose the language of the subtitles, press the menu button in the upper right corner of the window and select Subtitles. Then select the subtitles language (DVD) or the subtitle file (AVI etc.) you want to display.

To disable the display of subtitles, select None.

By default, GNOME Videos chooses the same language for the subtitles that you use on your computer.

GNOME Videos automatically loads and displays subtitles if the file that contains them has the same name as the video file. It supports the following subtitle file extensions: srt, asc, txt, sub, smi, or ssa.

18.2 Modifying GNOME Videos preferences

GNOME Videos offers some additional options to configure the application to your needs.

To modify GNOME Videos preferences, press the menu button in the upper right corner of the window and select Preferences.

18.2.1 General preferences

GNOME Videos general preferences
Figure 18.2: GNOME Videos general preferences

General Preferences include the following:

External subtitles

Tick the option Load subtitle files when movie is loaded if you want subtitles to be loaded automatically.

Adjust font type and size by clicking its name. Choose the font type from the drop-down box. Click on the slider and change the font size. When ready, click Select.

Choose the encoding from the drop-down box.

Plugins

Plugins offer extra features and extend functionality. You can view the list of plugins by clicking Plugins.

18.2.2 Display preferences

The Display Preferences let you choose if you want to enable deinterlacing and allow you to adjust Brightness, Contrast, Saturation, or Hue.

GNOME Videos display preferences
Figure 18.3: GNOME Videos display preferences

Display Preferences include the following:

Videos

Allows you to specify whether you want to Disable deinterlacing of interlaced videos.

Color balance

This option allows you to adjust Brightness, Contrast, Saturation, or Hue of your videos.

18.2.3 Audio preferences

The Audio Preferences dialog lets you select the audio output type.

GNOME Videos audio preferences
Figure 18.4: GNOME Videos audio preferences