(c) 1999 Stefan Dietzel (DietzelSOFT)
[ This package includes: Scanner 1.42, Viewer 1.42, Player 1.42 and Finder 1.42]
Installation (and important informations)
The MPEG-Manager is a bundle of different tools for managing, searching, playing and converting mpeg-files (sound or video). It contains four different programs. The programs are:
The QuickStart-Module (for a quick launch of the different programs)
the Scanner-Module (scans mediums [e.g. hdd, cd, zip, sparq, ...] for mpeg-files)
the Viewer-Module (searcher, converter, playlist-generator, ... [the main tool])
and a mpx search-module for searching new mpx-files in a local network (called MPx-Finder)
This software is mailware. This means it is totally free but if you like it and want to use it more than one time please write a mail to DietzelSOFT@gmx.net for informing the author that somebody is using his software and his work was usefull. Maybe you can also mail some ideas for improvements of this tool-package.
It is recommended to use the following hard- and software with MPEG-Manager:
a) at least a P100 with 16MB RAM, b) a windows-compatible soundcard , c)10 MB free space on harddisk
For installing MPEG-Manager read the following steps:
Start your Windows-Explorer.
Change to the drive which contains the install-medium of MPEG-Manager.
Make a double-click on SETUP.EXE in the right part of the Windows-Explorer.
Now the setup-program should start.
If you get MPEG-Manager on a CD you just have to insert the CD into your drive. Windows should start the setup program by itsself. If you have deactivated the autorun-feature of windows you have to do step 1 to 4.
MPEG-Manager contains a network-multiuser-securitysystem which allows more than one user at the same time on the same data-file. Because of this nms-system the following problem might appear to you:
Problem: You start one of the modules, the window appears but the program "stands" whithout any reaction
Solution: Open Explorer, change to the MPEG-Manager-Directory, delete the file "WAIT.TMP".
Problem: Users should use and start MPEG-Manager from a server but how to do this?
Solution: Connect the MPEG-Manager-directory of the server to the local computer as a drive (with a drive letter). Now MPEG-Manager should work as a multiuser-system (tip: do not include the scanner-program into the network-directory, because every user will be able to delete scanned medias from data-file, if admin will use it copy it to directory, use it and delete it after use).
For launching a program just click on its button in QuickStart.
The MPEG-Scanner scans CD's or HDD's for MPEG files.
You also can remove scanned drives out of the database of the MPEG-Manager.
When you start the scanner first you have to know some information: You will be asked if a standard-configuration should be used. It is recommended that you answer with "Yes" and use the standard-player but you can also answer "No". If you answer "No" you have to select your "Audio-Player". I use myself STDMPLAY.EXE, but MPEG-Manager should also works with other players (for example WINAMP). After selecting the audio-mpeg-player you will be asked for your video-mpeg-player. If you use Win95b, Win95c or Win98 you can select Use ActiveMove if you have no other video-mpeg-player avaiable (you can select ActiveMovie for audio-mpeg, too):
When those windows appears you have to select your audio-/videoplayer:
In the first bar you have to select the drive where the mpeg-player is located.
The second "box" should be used to select the directory of your player.
And finally you have to select the executable file of your player in the last box (for example STDMPLAY.EXE).
If you have no player or if you want to use the internal windows-player you have to select Use ActiveMovie.
After completing your selection you should press the "Ok"-button.
If you want to include your mpeg-files into the database of MPEG-Manager you have to scan them with the following steps:
Select at "MPEG-Drive" your drive which contains the mpeg-files.
Select the main directory of your files which contains the subdirectory and mpeg-files at "MPEG-Maindirectory".
Give your source media a name (for example HDD or CD1 or CD2 and so on...) by entering it in the "MPEG-Cartridgename" field.
Now the correct drive and main directory should appears above the "Exit"-button.
If you want to start scanning press "Scan".
If you want scan other medias or sources select another drive, direcory name and so on.
If you want to remove a source from the datafile of MPEG-Manager you should press the "Delete" button. The window that appears is selfspeaking and so I do not explain it. (Select media and press ok to remove it or press abort to abort the deletion)
With the button ChFExt you can rename file-extensions of mpeg files through many subdirectorys.
Example: You have compressed many MPEG-files with the Xing MPEG-Encoder. This program generates mpeg-files with the extension *.mpa. Now you want to change this extension into *.mp2. The only thing you have to do is to select the desired maindirectory in the scanner-mainscreen. Then you have to press the ChFExt-button. The window which appears now is selfspeaking. You have to select the source-extension and the destination-extension, then you should press ok and all files with the source-extension will be renamed to the destination-extention.
By pressing "Player" you can select an mpeg-player (same procedure happened at first start of MPEG-Scan).
If you want to change driveletters in database (e.g. if your cdrom got another driveletter than before press the "ChDrv"-button:
In this window you can change the old driveletter to a new driveletter. At the left side you can see the old driveletter and at the right side you can change it to another driveletter. For changing the data in the database you have to click "Ok" or "Abort" for doing no changes to database.
Before I forget to say: You do not have to start the scanner erverytime you want to use the viewer.
All data will be stored in three config files:
1. MPEG.DAT <--- The mpeg files and directorys (the database)
2. MPEG.DES <--- The description of songs in database
3. PLAYER.CFG <--- The mpeg players (audio and video)
If you have changed a MPEG-Source (for example your mpeg collection on your HDD has been
grown) you should first remove the source from the database (with delete) and then you should scan it newly.
Before first starting the viewer you should have created a mpeg-database with the scanner. If the database already exists you can start the viewer directly.
The main viewer-window:
By pressing the right mouse button the following menu will appear:
In the following of this readme I will call this menu popup-menu.
[All functions on the 7 buttons are also avaiable in popup-menu.]
Selecting and playing a song:
Select the desired theme in the left box (the files of it should appear in the right box).
Select the desired song in the right box and press play to start playing (your favourit player will be opened and the playback starts). If the preffered player is already active then you might have to close it first before the player can allocate your soundcard. (This is different from player to player.)
Searching a song:
Press the button Create Searchlist.
Enter the searchcriteria and select the datafields where your criteria should be searched (filename and description).
The songs found will be displayed. If you want to close the searchlist you have to press the Delete Searchlist-Button.
Editing / Entering Song-Description:
Select the Edit Description-Button.
A window with the current description will open. You can edit or enter your new description in the edit-field.
When you have finished you description just press Ok if you want to save it or Abort if you don't want to save your description.
Getting length of selected song:
Press the Length-marker
The length of the selected file will be shown.
Remember that the length-information is just an estimated length out of the filesize but not the correct length! For estimating the length it will be approved that the mpeg-file has a data-rate of 128 kbit per sec. If the data-rate is higher than the approved rate the shown length will be greater than the real and if the data-rate will be smaler the length will be greater then the estimated length.
Creating ASCII-Songlists (only avaiable in popup-menu):
Open popup-menu by pressing right mouse button (in main viewer-window)
Now you have to options: a) Complete-List (create a complete list of all files in database) and b) Cartridge-List (creates a songlist of all songs on a specified cartridge)
After selecting list-type you have to select cardrigde (only for cartridge-list) and the directory where the list should be stored.
For activating the playlist features you have to press the button called Playlist.
The playlist window:
At the playlist-window you have a special popup-menu avaiable which appears by pressing the right mouse button:
[All 6 buttons of the playlist-window are also avaiable in the popup-menu.]
Getting songs into the playlist:
Put the selected songs by drag and drop from the main viewer-window to the playlist-window.
The selected songs should appear in the playlist.
Delete song from the playlist:
Select the songs in playlist you wish to delete.
Press the Delete button.
Songs should be removed from playlist.
Clear playlist (remove all songs from playlist):
Press the Clear List-button.
All songs should be removed from playlist.
Converting songs in playlist from MPEG to WAV (e.g for burning an audio-cd):
Press the MPx -> WAV button.
Now you will be asked for a destination directory. Select it.
Press Ok to convert or Abort for exiting the convertion.
If you press Ok all files in playlist will be converted to the selected directory.
Information: When you convert mpeg-files to WAV, the selected mpeg-files will be copied first to the desired destination directory and then they will be converted. After converting the copied (mpeg) files will be deleted and only the WAV files will remain in the destination directory. Therefore you will need space for the WAV-files and the mpeg-files in your destination directory / disk.
Copying songs from playlist (which are distributed onto different medias) into one directory
Press the Copy to Dir. button.
Select the desired target directory and press Ok.
Now the song will be copied (if you have to change media for some songs the viewer will tell you which media you have to insert).
Copy songs from playlist (which are distributed onto different medias) into one directory and play them:
Press the Copy and Play button.
Select the desired target directory and press Ok.
The selected song will now be copied into the target directory. After copying the player with the playlist will be started.
Generating WAV-files and create an exportfile for the CD-R software WinOnCD (WinOnCD is a copyright of CeQuadrat):
Move the mpeg-files into the playlist.
Open popu-menu by pressing the right mouse button.
Select "Export Projectfiles (for CD-R programs)" and in the appearing right menu WinOnCD.
Now you will be asked for a destination directory where the WAV-files (and the WinOnCD projectfile) should be stored and the wavfiles (+ projectfile) will be created.
After creating the needed files you have to start your WinOnCD program. You have to select "empty project". Now you should click on "File -> Open" and select the created "mpemanager.cpj" procectfile. After that WinOnCD will check your wavfiles and you can click on "burn".
The player window:
Press Open button.
Select desired song.
Select the directory in the right part of the playlist window.
Move desired songs by drag and drop to left part (list).
For deleting a song select the song and press Delete.
For playing the playlist press Ok.
Press volume marker.
Set the desired volume.
Turn on/off the earth animation (without animation lower cpu performance is needed):
Press the Graphic marker.
For searching mpeg-files in your local network you can use the Mpx-Finder:
There are three steps you have to execute for getting new mpx-files out of your network to your local drive:
Press the Scan-button for scanning local network.
If mpeg-files have been found (look at the right listbox) you can compare them with your own mpeg-files (only the files which are known to the viewer). If files will be found which are not in your database they will be shown in the Compared (new) files-listbox.
If you want to copy the new compared mpeg-files to you local drive you have to press the copy-button. Then you will be asked for the destination directory. After pressing ok the files will be copied.
VIII. Licencee Agreement
This software is being licensed to you by DietzelSOFT ONLY and is provided on an "AS IS" basis, for your private personal use only. You agree not to reverse engineer, decompile,disassemble, alter and sell this software.
By accepting the terms of this license agreement you agree that DietzelSOFT is permitted to limit, deny or cancel some or all of the functionality of this software at any time, without prior notice.
DietzelSOFT is not responsible for any special, incidental, indirect or consequential damages. In no event will DietzelSOFT' liability with respect to this license agreement exceed the amount you paid to DietzelSOFT for the software.
IN NO EVENT WILL DIETZELSOFT BE LIABLE TO ANY PARTY FOR ANY DIRECT, INDIRECT, SPECIAL, PUNITIVE, INCIDENTAL OR CONSEQUENTIAL DAMAGES (INCLUDING, BUT NOT LIMITED TO, DAMAGES FOR LOSS OF BUSINESS PROFITS, BUSINESS INTERRUPTION, LOSS OF PROGRAMS OR INFORMATION, AND THE LIKE), OR ANY OTHER DAMAGES ARISING IN ANY WAY OUT OF THE AVAILABILITY, USE, RELIANCE ON, OR INABILITY TO USE THE PROGRAM EVEN IF DIETZELSOFT SHALL HAVE BEEN ADVISED OF THE POSSIBILITY OF SUCH DAMAGES, AND REGARDLESS OF THE FORM OF ACTION, WHETHER IN CONTRACT, TORT, OR OTHERWISE; OR FOR ANY CLAIM ATTRIBUTABLE TO ERRORS, OMISSIONS, OR OTHER INACCURACIES IN, OR DESTRUCTIVE PROPERTIES OF ANY INFORMATION.
If you have some suggestions for improvement or just a bug report feel free to write a email.
(c) 1999 Stefan Dietzel (DietzelSOFT)