Channel Player UI Help 1.13

Although it is described as text in the readme, it is difficult to understand, so I will explain it with a hard copy below. I will explain the channel player.

Channel Player has a function to play VR movie files in folder units. For installation methods, restrictions, history, etc., see the readme, and here we explain how to operate the app. First, start the shortcut “Channel_Player” on the PC desktop screen, and then install the HMD in the SteamVR environment. Oculus Rift and FOVE 0 are used for operation check. The app can be operated with the XBox game controller or the keyboard.

When starting for the first time, because the folder setting where the VR video file still exists is not implemented, the following screen is displayed in HMD.

Title display screen when no folder is set

When you press the ESC key on the keyboard or the B button on the XBox game controller as shown on the screen, the following setting dialog box will be displayed.

Screen when setting dialog is opened

In this setting dialog, you can operate with the cursor key and Enter key of the keyboard, and with the XBox game controller with D-Pad or left stick and A button. In this setting dialog, press ESC key or B button to close this dialog.

First, here we want to set the folder, so move the focus to the Path displayed at the top.

The focus is on the top path in the settings dialog.

When the Enter key or A button is pressed while the focus is on Path, the following folder selection screen is displayed.

Folder selection screen

Even in this folder selection screen, you can select the folder where the VR video file on the PC is saved using the D-Pad or left stick of the XBox controller and the A button. You can also use the keyboard cursor movement and the Enter key.

If D-Pad Left / Right / Up / Down is pressed, the button on the selected screen will change. When you press button A, you are clicking a button on the screen.
Please note that if you press the “Clear” button at the bottom left of the screen, the settings will be initialized and will be in the above state.

The name of the currently selected folder is displayed at the top of the screen. In the initialized state, the display is Empty.

In the middle of the screen, a list of drive names is displayed when initialized. When you click the button with the drive name written on it, a folder list will be displayed. Repeat until you reach the folder you want to select.

The list can only be displayed up to 7, so if the drive or folder is not included in the list, press the up and down triangle buttons on the right side of the screen to update it.

If you click on the list button, you will enter the lower folder, but if you want to go back to the upper folder, press the up arrow button at the top of the list.

Press Close to close the folder selection screen.

By the way, you can quit the player app by clicking the “App. Exit.” Button, which is the middle button on the bottom of the screen.

In the figure above, the folder named VR Movie on the C drive is currently selected. If you click the “Close” button at the bottom right, the folder is set in the app.

The first title is displayed on the title screen

This will return you to the title screen. In the above figure, there is a thumbnail image in the folder “360_VR Master Series_Free Download”, which is the first folder found, so the first one found is adopted and displayed on the screen. The folder name is displayed at the bottom of the screen. If there is no movie file stored in the folder where the movie file is stored under the selected folder, please note that the first screen will be displayed as shown below.

In this title screen, you can use the X-Box game controller’s D-Pad or the left stick to display content by folder. If you tilt the right or left stick of the D-Pad to the right here, the thumbnail image and folder name of the next folder will be displayed.

In the figure above, the folder “Ayutthaya” is selected.

When you press the Enter key or the A button on the title screen explained so far, VR movie playback will start.

The keys that can be used during video playback in the player are shown in the figure above. The B button is used to end the video playback, and the A button is used to switch between playback and pause.

First, if there is no video format and the video is not displayed correctly, first press the Up button on the D-Pad to display the title information and select the video format currently being displayed. please confirm. The title information is displayed on the front as shown below. In this state, double-click the D-Pad Up button or Down button as described below to switch the playback format.

First, if you double-click on the Up button, the displayed text will change from 360-> 180-> Fish180-> 2D in the title information. In addition, double-clicking the Down button changes to LR-> TB-> Mono. This 2D: Mono state is a normal 2D title display mode that is not a VR movie. In this state, if it is a VR movie, it is normal to see the image vertically or horizontally.

If it is divided into left and right, it is Side By Side (LR) format, so double-click the Down button to display LR. Otherwise, if it is divided into upper and lower, it is OverUnder (TopBottom) format, so double click the Down button so that TB is displayed. If the video is not shot with two cameras and is shot with one camera, select Mono.

Also, if the left and right sides of the entire video appear to expand or appear to be compressed, either the 360-degree video or 180-degree video is in the playback format. Click the Up button twice to switch between 360/180 formats. If it is 180 but distorted, it may be in the fisheye format. Double-click the Up button again and select Fish180.

During video playback, use the D-Pad Right button to advance the playback position, or use the D-Pad Left button to return. 10 seconds with a single click. Double click to jump 1/20. Move to the next video file with a triple click. A 1/20 jump is a jump that is 20 times longer than the entire time of the currently playing title. If it is 60 minutes, it will be a 3 minute jump.

During video playback, the camera is at your position and you can change the camera position and orientation. You can change the camera position with the left stick and the camera orientation with the right stick. If you use the left stick while holding down the LB button on the XBox controller, you can move up / down / left / right from front / back / left / right. If you want to reset the camera position here, click the D-Pad Down triple click to reset it.

Now, let’s go back to the title screen. When moving down on the title screen, the title list is displayed by changing the display format in the order of date / time, favorite, unplayed name, unplayed date / time, history, search. These are called lines in this app, and they use expressions like moving to another line.

To display the title in Favorites, press the Y button on the line where the title is displayed and register it as a favorite. It will be reflected at the next startup or thumbnail shooting.

Search results are displayed in the search line view. To start a new search, press B Button to open the search dialog shown below, enter the search string, and press Enter at the bottom right.

To move to the word input screen that displays a list of keywords contained in each folder instead of entering alphanumeric characters directly, press the word button at the lower left of the screen where the keyboard is displayed.

Here, the result of pressing Ayutthaya and making it a search keyword is shown below.

The following is a state where the D-Pad up key is clicked once during playback. The name of the title being played is displayed. Other than the title name, the movie format, playback file number / total number of files, playback time / total time, and remaining time of the file being played are displayed in a compact format. If you want to erase it, click the up key once again.

During playback, click the D-Pad down key once to display the following help screen. If you are unsure how to operate during playback, try pressing it. I have arranged it so that it can be used intuitively, so if you get used to it, you will not have to watch it.

The picture of the Xbox controller is from (c) 2018 http://www.kendosoft.com.

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