An Introduction to Audio/Media Tags (Meta-Data)
Many audio formats and video formats to a lesser degree, support Media Tags, also referred to as "ID3", "ApeTAG", etc...
The Media Tags information contains data about the playing media such as Title, Genre, Artist, Album, Release year and more.
Zoom Player puts the video area to good use when playing audio content by displaying an eye pleasing background image or a specific image linked to the currently playing media and overlaying it with information gathered from the Media Tags.
Draw embedded background image
The Media TAG information can contain an embedded image, usually an album-cover. With this setting enabled, Zoom Player will use the embedded image as an background in the video area.
Use image as stretched background
When the folder image does not cover the entire screen, place a darkened version of the folder image stretched to cover the entire screen as a background to the folder image itself. The generated effect looks better than a single color background.
Load external folder image file
Often, audio files are bundled with an album-art image, mainly referred to as a "folder image".
With this setting enabled, Zoom Player first looks for an image file with the same base name as the currently playing media. For example, when playing "music.mp3", Zoom Player will look for "music.jpg" and if found, use it as a background image in the video area. If no image is found with the same base name, Zoom Player looks for image names as specified by the "Background image search mask" value (Image Paths & Script adv. options page). If no matches are found, Zoom Player will display its default background image (which can be overridden).
Maximize background image
When enabled, the background image is maximized to cover the video area (black-bars padding is used to maintain correct aspect ratio). When disabled, the background image is displayed in its original size, or scaled down to fit the video area.
Hide bg image when TAG is hidden
When auto-hiding the TAG information, this setting controls whether the background image is hidden as well.
Enable TAG display
This setting controls whether the Media TAG information is drawn over the background image.
Draw Text Background
By default, a background is drawn to better contrast the TAG text display against a picture background. Disable this setting to hide rounded rectangle background.
Controls whether the font should be outlined or not. Outlining the font can enhance contrast against background images.
TAG Display Position
Choose from 9 screen positions where the TAG information is drawn.
Auto-Hide TAG Information time (seconds)
On some systems you may not want the TAG information to cause screen burn-in. To prevent this, you auto-hide that TAG information after a specified number of seconds. Another solution to screen burn-in is to set the TAG display position to "Animated".
Enlarge Fullscreen TAG font by
The font size difference between windowed and fullscreen playback.
Text Border Spacing (pixels)
The number of pixels used to space/frame the TAG text area.
Text "Left / Right" Spacing (pixels)
The number of pixels used to space the right and left sections of the TAG display area.
Text Background Edge Spacing (pixels)
The distance (in pixels) from the edge of the screen where the TAG information is drawn.
Text Background Transparency (1-99%)
The transparency of the text background area overlayed over the background image.
Text Background Color
The color used to fill the text background area.
Set Left Color
Clicking this button prompts you to select the font color used for the left section of the TAG display.
Set Font Face
Clicking this button prompts you to select the font face (type) used to display the TAG information. With non-english content, you may want to select both the font and the Script language (the "script" pulldown list available for some fonts within the font selection dialog). You must select a script for your language to display non-english characters that are ASCII/ANSI coded.
Set Right Color
Clicking this button prompts you to select the font color used for the right section of the TAG display.