Posted by: kurtsh | January 12, 2006

TOOL: Tweak Windows Media Player with TweakMP!

This is a really important thing for Presenters and Sales people to know, and it might be useful for many folks that use Windows Media Player on it’s own. 
 
There’s a tool out there called TweakMP or the TweakUI for Windows Media Player 9/10.  It surprises me how little people know about this tool.  It can be downloaded from here:
http://www.microsoft.com/windows/windowsmedia/mp10/getmore/tweakmp_readme.aspx 
 
After you install this tool, as a presenter, if you ever have to do full screen demos or full screen video shows, (which you can initiate by pressing ALT-ENTER within Windows Media Player 9/10) you’ll appreciate the following tweaks:
 
1)  DISABLE CONTROLS APPEARANCE UNLESS THE MOUSE IS AT THE TOP/BOTTOM OF THE SCREEN. 
You do not want the video to go out of full screen mode when you accidentally bump the mouse, such as when you are at a trade show expo or event.  So what you need to do is, after installation, open Windows Media Player. Access the PowerToy in the Player by clicking “Tools”, pointing to “Plug-ins”, and clicking “TweakMP”. In the TweakMP window, click the “Full-Screen” tab. Select the radio button "Only when the mouse pointer is at the top or bottom of the screen".
 
2)  DISABLE RESIZE VIDEO
You also don’t want the video shrinking and growing everytime you have to bring up the FF/RW controls in full screen, so uncheck the check box "Resize video when full-screen controls are displayed".
 
3)  MAKE THE CONTROLS & THE MOUSE DISAPPEAR QUICKLY & MAKE TRANSITIONS GO QUICKLY
Adjust both of the “Timeout Settings” to “Shorter”. Leave the “Transition style” as “Vertical”. Adjust the “Transition speed” to “Faster”.
 
Close the window and restart whatever video you’re playing.  Test out full screen and the tweaks you’ve made.
 
Good selling!

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