Tuesday, February 28, 2017

Emotion media player on X1000

It is nice to be blogging again! Thanks all for your patience. I am getting better slowly, although not entirely fixed up yet.

Today though I wanted to take a look at the recently released Emotion media player for AmigaOS 4.1 Final Edition on my AmigaOne X1000.

This is a commercial product, written by EntwicklerX, the guys behind a number of AmigaOS 4.1 games like Swamp Defense 1 & 2, M.A.C.E, and many others I have looked at on this very blog over the years!

It is available to purchase via the AMIStore app for AmigaOS4.1.

AMIStore includes a good overview of the features, and there are many:

This player differs from the existing free MPlayer for AmigaOS 4.1 by it's use of FFMpeg for playback, a minimalist simple interface for navigation and simple configuration options which are easy to set and use.

As you can see, the interface is minimalist but includes the important controls you normally need:

Cranking up a few videos, I can run in parallel and still running smoothly:

The 720p videos work great on the X1000:

There are some more options available in the title bar menus, as below:

In the Play menu you can see the keyboard shortcut for playback, stop, fast forward and rewind, and options to select the audio track if multiple are available.

In the View menu is the fullscreen option, resize the video to fit the current window size, hide border, window on top and frame skip options. By default is disabled. I set it to Auto for the best results.

Have to say I was impressed with the output - it works well:

The X1000 can't play 1080p, so 720p is as good as you get, even utilising the Altivec extensions. But I already knew about that restriction so I convert my videos to 720p using handbrake on my Mac and then copy them over.

Full screen gives the minimal controls available at the bottom, which drop away after a few seconds. Can be recalled by moving the mouse:

Emotion media player running full screen 720p video on my 30" TFT screen on the AmigaOne X1000 - fantastic:

It is wonderful to see a new video player released for AmigaOS 4.1 Final Edition in 2017! Recommended.

As you may have noticed my room layout has changed a bit. I may cover that significant change work in a future blog entry!

Wednesday, February 1, 2017

A temporary pause in the blog

Hi All,

My sincere apologies about the lack of blog entries in 2017.

Unfortunately I now have to pause the blog for a bit while I am dealing with some personal medical issues. It is taking more time than I thought to find the source of the problems through multiple tests and it is still ongoing.

I have to prioritise my health!

I aim to be back on deck as soon as possible. I have a big backlog of stuff to play with when I do - so I aim to make up for it then!

Thanks for your patience.