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Extra Tools
6.07 - Visualization settings
by Dotpitch, 2012-03-30 17:00:00

Several visualizations have the ability to be configured. There are two ways to adjust the settings of a visualization: by middle-clicking on the visualization area or by opening vis.ini. Note that not each visualization allows both methods, and some have no configuration at all.

Middle-clicking

Open the Info Window and go to the Visualizations tab. If no visualization is active, right-click the visualization area and select one. Middle-click (usually with the scroll wheel) the visualization area to interact with the visualization. This can for example change the scrollspeed (Spectrum (3D)), cycle through display modes (SpectrumBars), bring up a whole menu (Honto's Phase) or bring up a context menu (xmp-coverart).

Note that if your laptop trackpad does not have a dedicated middle-mouse button, you'll have to use and external mouse.

vis.ini

Open the file vis.ini located next to xmplay.exe (or in your user folder, if you've ticked Store per-user config/etc). For each visualization, this file contains a header followed by the settings. For example, the section for SpectrumBars looks like this:

[SpectrumBars]
NumberOfBars=64
SamplesPerBar=2
BarHeightPercent=100.0
BarSeparationPercent=10.0
Logarithmic=true
Mode=1
LowColour=0xFF026732
MediumColour=0xFFFFFF00
HighColour=0xFFFF0000

The entries can use various formats, like string booleans (true/false), integer and decimals numbers and hexadecimal color codes. Not all settings have clear labels and documentation is scarce, so experimenting with values is the best way to go. Save the vis.ini file and re-select the visualization in XMPlay to activate the new settings.

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