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xhippo AV player, Internet radio player, and audio recorder
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mcewanw

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PostPosted: Sat 15 Jun 2013, 19:26    Post subject:  xhippo AV player, Internet radio player, and audio recorder
Subject description: Very flexible and user-extendible; many features, and lowest in resource usage
 

Latest changes to Puppy version: now looks in /usr/share/pixmaps/xhippo for its button icons (which are stored there by this dotpet).

xhippo is a very resource-efficient versatile and extensible media player both in terms of its tiny download size and RAM usage. xhippo, in its original form, was first introduced to Puppy forum many years ago by forum member tempestuous, as far as I know. In its current form, the main binary was compiled on an early Puppy Slacko and the included backends and recording frontend created on DebianDog, where the overall system is used as a core media player/recording application.

More details including xhippo usage instructions can be found here:

http://www.murga-linux.com/puppy/viewtopic.php?p=842271#842271

Note that you can optionally use DoMyFile in conjunction with xhippo to create xhippo format streaming media playlists from the likes of Pmusic or Simple GTK radio playlists. A dotpet of DoMyFile is here:

http://www.murga-linux.com/puppy/viewtopic.php?t=94909

In practice, xhippo uses less system resources than any gtkdialog-based media player, so works nicely on low-powered systems, but is nice to have on any system in my opinion. Some reasons are provided below.

The attached xhippo dotpet contains a modified version of xhippo, a generic playlist manager program/process control program (source in C).

xhippo (with the included backends: xhplay, and xhrecord) can play all sorts of audio and video media (the playlist can contain a mix of audio and video types) and also record audio (mp3, wav, ogg, aac, and flac) via the included xhrecord (with xrecord gui frontend) assuming the appropriate commandline encoders are available. It can also save and load playlists, and play streaming media such as Internet radio streams.
xhippo-3.5mod008-gtk2-i486.pet
Description  xhippo audio/video player/recording system with right-click ROX sendto functionality
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PostPosted: Sun 16 Jun 2013, 04:04    Post subject:  

Yes, that looks good - the problem with filename spaces is gone now. I did try playing an flv but it said "could not guess type" or similar. Is it easy to add types?
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PostPosted: Tue 18 Jun 2013, 15:46    Post subject: xhippo plays through whole series of loaded media folders
Subject description: straight or random shuffle
 

Note that you can drop an many folders as you like onto xhippo (or load them from its dropdown menu) and xhippo will then play through them all one after the other or by random shuffle
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PostPosted: Wed 19 Jun 2013, 03:45    Post subject:  

Hello there, I've been trying the mod 5 version in Dpup Wheezy, I used Preferences to select ' start with random off' and 'start playing automatically', but the selections don't appear to be saved when XHippo is closed and restarted.

Also, I've been trying to play .wav files Embarassed I looked in Xhippo config, I 'think' it's included but I can't play them... it's quite likely I'm doing something wrong, most technical things go right over my head.

Thank you.
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PostPosted: Wed 19 Jun 2013, 16:53    Post subject:  

is it possible to use cvlc as a backend for this?
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PostPosted: Wed 19 Jun 2013, 18:12    Post subject: new dotpet uploaded - fixes wav playing
Subject description: and makes ordered playing the default mode
 

sc0ttman wrote:
is it possible to use cvlc as a backend for this?


Yes, cvlc could be used instead of mplayer with a minor modification to xhplay backend, which I'm planning to implement soon (posted 29 June 2014).

Actually, xhippo can use almost any commandline program as a backend - commandline image viewers for example, any kind of shell script (I use a shell script called xhippo_mp3 to pipe lame to aplay for mp3s) - like I said: very versatile and extensible.

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PostPosted: Thu 20 Jun 2013, 02:31    Post subject:  

mod 6 works nice with the random/shuffle turned off, and wav files enabled.

I'm not sure if it matters about the automatic play feature when using drag and drop... It might be nice, but since it only takes about a second to actually physically click on the first track to make it play, it sounds a little bit like nit-picking... I must be getting lazy...

I like using this, set it up in the background and let it run, hassle free. Very useful, thank you.
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