This guide explains the basic functionality of MoviePlayerApp.
It covers how it works, and how to have it display cover images for your videos.
The beginning of this guide is split into two sections. If you don't have movies on your device yet, start right here. If you do already have movies on your device, you can skip the first step.
If you don't have movies on your device yet.
MoviePlayerApp is a video player/browser app, so in order to be able to do something with it, it needs videos it can find. If you just started MoviePlayerApp for the first time, and do not already have videos on your device, MoviePlayerApp will display a collection of sample trailers (only if your device has internet connectivity) to enable you to at least do something with the app. Don't worry, these samples are not stored on your device, but instead the trailers are located on our website, and MoviePlayerApp just streams them from there.
The trailers already have images and backgrounds assigned to them, which are also obtained from the website, so aside from playing with different settings and watching the trailers using MoviePlayerApp's video player, there isn't much else you can do unless you add some videos.
To get you up and running quickly with MoviePlayerApp, the easiest way is to simply download and extract this zip file:
and copy the contents to your device:
1. download the zip file (link) to your computer.
2. open the zip file by double-clicking on it:
You should see 3 files, 2 images and a video file.
3. connect your device, and copy these 3 files over to it.
The file location (memory/memorycard) or folder doesn't make much of a difference, since MoviePlayerApp scans almost all locations, but if you have a "Videos" or "Movies" folder, it makes sense to place them there.
4. After copying the files over, restart MoviePlayerApp, or tap on the "refresh" button,
and MoviePlayerApp should find and display the sample:
If you look at the 3 files in the zip file again,
We have an MP4 file that is the actual video. In this case a sample movie trailer.
Then we have a jpg image file with the same name as the actual video. This is the cover image that MoviePlayerApp uses for the video.
Lastly, we have a jpg image file with the same name of the video but with _bg behind it. This is the background image MoviePlayerApp uses for when the video is selected.
There are movies on your device.
After you start MoviePlayerApp, it will scan your device for your movies. The very first time it sees a movie, it will generate a thumbnail image with the movie name on it.
Note: If you scroll through your movies, this might result in a brief stutter. If the thumbnails have been created already, the experience should be more smooth.
Aside from the thumbnail images, MoviePlayerApp also displays basic file-information at the top, such as the filename and where it found the movie on your device.
* Assigning a cover image:
Center the movie you want to assign a cover to, and tap on the cover-image button,
and MoviePlayerApp will perform a search online on “Google Images” for cover images with the file-name of the video.
If the file-name of your movie didn’t bring up any results, you can perform a manual search using the search-button,
From the resulting images, just tap on the image you would like to use, and MoviePlayerApp will use it for the movie and save it so it will be used the next time you start MoviePlayerApp.
* Assigning a folder image:
By default, MoviePlayerApp displays all your videos in a single location. It doesn’t matter how you organize your video files on your device, everything in one folder, or sort your videos in different folders (TV show, movies etc), stored on both internal memory and on a memorycard, MoviePlayerApp will display all the videos it found in a single row, making it extremely easy to pick what you want to watch.
But if you organize your videos in different folders, MoviePlayerApp enables you to display just the ones located inside a specific folder by tapping the folder-select-button,
Tapping the folder-select button will bring up the different folders on your device where MoviePlayerApp found your movies.
With all your videos displayed in a single view, it can be a bit tedious to find the next episode of a TV show, so by organizing your TV shows in a single folder or maybe even in individual seasons, it becomes a lot easier (and quicker) to navigate. Organizing your content in folders also enables you to keep your own content separate from that of your child.
Of course, the folder-images are customizable by simply placing a folder.jpg image inside each folder where you have your videos, MoviePlayerApp will use that image instead.
To replicate the screenshot above, you would have a Blade folder, an Indiana Jones folder and a Star Wars folder on your device/memorycard, with each of them their own videos in them and each a folder.jpg image representing them.
* Assigning a background image:
There are 2 ways of assigning background images in MoviePlayerApp.
File background image:
To assign a background image to a movie, place the background image file you want to use in the same location as where the movie file is located, and name it the same as the movie but with _bg behind it.
Folder background image:
If you organize your videos into folders, copy the background image you want to use into the folder you want use it with , and name it either backdrop, background, wallpaper or fanart (if you copy multiple, the background images are read in that order, and only the first one found will be used).
* MoviePlayerApp Video Player:
Aside from displaying images, MoviePlayerApp includes it’s own video player.
It offers the same file-support (MP4, M4V, 3GP) as the build-in video player on your device, however, it adds some additional functionality.
* It remembers where you left off for all your movies automatically. Even when you switch to watch something else, MoviePlayerApp remembers where you left off for all your videos.
* Tap to pause/resume your video, so no need to find the pause button if you have to pause your video quickly.
* Skip buttons, jump 22 seconds or 2 minutes forward/backward to quickly skip commercials, or use the position slider to find a spot in the video.
* Zoom button to switch between 4 different view modes.
Important Note: for playback of non-supported formats, such as MKV, AVI, VOB, MPEG, we recommend converting your movies to a supported format, or if available for your device, you can install a video player such as Dice Player, Rock Player and/or MX Player, and MoviePlayerApp will automatically enable support for file formats that are supported by these players.