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Windows Vista Security: Praxisorientierte Sicherheit für Profis by Marcus Nasarek

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Playing Your Media
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Player reads this code and sends it to a Windows Media database to display the album
art, album title, artist, and song titles. This information is then stored in the Win-
dows Media Player cache so that it is available the next time you play the music CD.
If you aren’t connected to the Internet and the required information wasn’t previ-
ously downloaded into the Windows Media Player cache, you’ll see the title
“Unknown CD.” You can force Windows Media Player to refresh the media infor-
mation by right-clicking Now Playing and then choosing the audio CD again. When
working with audio CDs, you’ll see the standard Controls toolbar.
With audio CDs, you can display visualizations. You can choose from among the
many different types of visualizations available by right-clicking Now Playing, point-
ing to Visualizations, and then selecting a desired visualization on the Alchemy, Bars
and Waves, or Battery submenu. Some of the visualizations are soothing, such as
Battery
Event Horizon and Bars and Waves Ocean Mist. Other visualizations are
frenetic, such as Alchemy
Random and Bars and Waves Scope.
To display the album art or audio book cover rather than a visualization, as shown in
Figure 8-16, right-click Now Playing, point to Visualizations, and then select Album
Art. You can turn off visualizations by right-clicking Now Playing, pointing to Visu-
alizations, and then selecting No Visualization.
Enhancing Your Playback
Windows Media Player 11 includes several controls for enhancing audio and video
playback. When you are working with Now Playing, you can display these controls by
right-clicking Now Playing, pointing to Enhancements, and then selecting the custom
control you want to use to enhance the playback. Once custom controls are displayed,
you can navigate among them using the Forward and Back buttons to the left of the
control name. You can close the controls by clicking the Close button (the red button
with the X in the upper-right corner of the control window), or by right-clicking Now
Playing, pointing to Enhancements, and then clicking Show Enhancements.
Figure 8-15. Selecting an audio CD to play
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Chapter 8: Creating Your Media Library with Windows Media Player
The Color Chooser control
You can control the colors Windows Media Player uses by using the Color Chooser
control, shown in Figure 8-17. Select preset colors by clicking “Next preset,” or use
the Hue and Saturation sliders to create your own colors. Reset the colors to their
original state by clicking Reset.
The Crossfading and Auto Volume Leveling control
You can cross-fade audio tracks and reduce volume differences between songs using
the Crossfading and Auto Volume Leveling control, shown in Figure 8-18. Cross-
fading gives you a smooth, gradual transition between songs on your playlist. When
you turn on cross-fading, the volume at the end of a song fades out by gradually
decreasing and the volume of the next song fades in and gradually increases. To
enable and configure cross-fading, click “Turn on Crossfading” and then move the
slider to select the amount of overlap time you want between the song ending and
the song starting (if any).
Figure 8-16. Using album art instead of visualizations
Figure 8-17. The Color Chooser control
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If your songs play at different volume levels, you can have Windows Media Player
normalize the volume for you so that you don’t have to adjust it manually when a
new song starts. To do so, click “Turn on Auto Volume Leveling.” Both of these fea-
tures work only with audio files that are in Windows Media or MP3 format and con-
tain volume-leveling information. This information is added automatically when you
rip audio into your media library.
The Graphic Equalizer control
The Graphic Equalizer control, shown in Figure 8-19, helps you equalize audio play-
back for specific types of audio. To use the graphic equalizer, follow these steps:
1. If the graphic equalizer is turned off, click “Turn on” to enable Windows Media
Player to equalize your audio playback.
2. The third link provided is for the Select Preset list. Clicking this option allows
you to choose preset equalizer settings for Rock, Rap, Grunge, Metal, Dance,
Techno, Country, Jazz, Acoustic, Folk, New Age, Classical, Blues, Oldies, and
more.
3. After you select a preset, you can modify individual equalizer bands by using the
sliders provided. To control how the sliders move in relation to one another,
click one of the slider option buttons to the left of the equalizer.
Your changes are automatically saved to the Custom preset. To revert to the default
settings, click Reset.
Figure 8-18. The Crossfading and Auto Volume Leveling control
Figure 8-19. The Graphic Equalizer control

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