Play the Media for macOS Help
General Info for Play the Media
Play the Media allows users to choose directories and then cycle through media content from those directories. Substantial options are available to customize the media presentation experience of content.
Click + icon and navigate to a directory with media (images, videos, audio). Enter in a Name. Choose "Include Sub-directories" if needed. Check the Checkbox for your newly added List Item. Repeat for additional directories. Uncheck checkboxes for directories to be excluded.
Click "Load Media" button. Click "Video", "Audio", and "Images" buttons to include/exclude specific media results. "Timer" toggle is enabled by default, with a 10 second timer interval. Adjust Timer interval appropriately. It is located under "..." button. With "Timer" toggle active, media is automatically cycled. Images will cycle after Timer interval elapses. Videos and audio will play until they reach the end of their content duration, then cycle to next media result.
Toggle "Autoplay" either on/off. This determines whether video/audio content is started automatically. Keep in mind if Autoplay isn't active, the Timer will not cycle to other media until you click the play button and the content duration is reached. Shuffle determines whether media is played at "random" or in logical order. Mute toggles video/audio control of sound. Controls toggles video/audio playback controls.
You can manually switch to media by clicking the preview images along the bottom. If no results are displayed, you may have chosen a directory without media files.
Navigation items allow the user to load images from a pre-selected directory. Use the + button to add a new Navigation Item (Nav Item).
Toggle Sidebar in Play the Media
Clikc the Toggle Sidebar button to hide/show the sidebar. Drag the separator all the way to collapse the sidebar. Click the sidebar button again to show the separator line.
Loading Media in Play the Media
When you're ready to display media results from your directories, click 'Load the Media'. This will go to each checked directory in the Navigation View and read all images, videos, and audio in the path. Content will be displayed in the Main View.
Setting Type Allow in Play the Media
Play the Media supports several types of media (images, video, and audio). These can be adjusted so only the desired content is returned in the Main View's results. Click the appropriate 'Type' to change whether that type of media is read.
Timer/Manual Selection in Play the Media
Media is presented by either timer elapsing or user clicking on a media item. You may need to disable the Timer if you're looking to manually flip through content though, so other random content isn't selected and displayed.
Auto Select in Play the Media
Enable 'Auto Select' toggle button to automatically focus on a media item when displaying content. Uncheck to not-automatically focus on displayed media content.
Autoplay in Play the Media
Click ‘Autoplay’ to automatically start a video’s playback when a video is selected. Click the ‘Autoplay’ toggle so it appears gray to keep the video paused when a video is selected.
Shuffle in Play the Media
Click 'Shuffle' to enable random content selection. Uncheck 'Shuffle' to play media content in order.
Mute in Play the Media
Click 'Mute' to silence videos/audio with audio layers. Uncheck 'Mute' toggle button to play audio layer through computer's selected audio output.
Controls in Play the Media
Toggle 'Controls' toggle button to hide/show video playback controls.
Open Location in Play the Media
Right-click a media item's preview image and choose 'Open Location' to launch Finder and auto navigate to the media item's directory and select it.