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Mobile Theater
Mobile Theater allows you to maximize the multimedia features. The following
sections provide information on installing and using Mobile Theater.
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1. Click Next after reading the Welcome
page.
2. Select “I accept...” and click Next
after reading the License Agreement.
3. Enter the “User Name” and “Company
Name” (if available).
4. Click Next to use the default
destination folder, or click Browse to set
a different location.
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5. Select an installation language and
click Next.
6. Click Install to install the files to your
system.
7. Click Finish to exit the setup wizard
when setup is complete.
Icons will be placed on your taskbar for
quick access to “Scheduling” and
“Remote Control Center”.
To launch Mobile Theater, either use the
desktop icon or click Start > All
Programs > ASUS Mobile Theater >
ASUS Mobile Theater
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Introduction
Welcome to Mobile Theater, the complete multimedia entertainment software
for your digital life-style. With its simple user interface, Mobile Theater lets
you enjoy viewing your photos, listening to music, and watching movies
without the hassle of switching between programs. Mobile Theater’s remote
control support makes digital entertainment more convenient and fun.
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System requirements
• Microsoft® Windows® XP
• Intel® Pentium® M or Pentium® 4 (1.8 GHz or faster)
• 256 MB of RAM
• 200 MB of available hard drive space for program installation
Supported file formats
Input
Video
AVI, DV, MPEG2, MPEG1, WMV, ASF, MPEG4 (optional), 3GP
(optional), 3GPP2 (optional), QuickTime® (optional), RM (optional),
FLC (optional), FLI (optional)
Audio
MP3, WAV, MIDI, ASF, WMA, Dolby® AC3 (optional)
Image
JPG, BMP, TIF, TGA, PNG, GIF
Disc
DVD-Video, DVD-VR, VCD, SVCD
Output
Disc
DVD-Video, DVD+/-VR, VCD, SVCD
Media
DVD-R/RW, DVD+R/RW, DVD-RAM, CD-R/RW
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Getting Started
This section introduces you to the basics of Mobile Theater. Once you know
how to use the software’s features and functions, multimedia entertainment
will become that much more enjoyable.
Using the Remote Control
One of Mobile Theater’s main features is a remote control support. This allows
you to control your PC from a distance.
Enter Activates an option or plays a video/audio file.
Arrows Navigates through the user interface.
Play/Pause Pauses or resumes video, audio, or slideshow playback.
Stop Ends video, audio, or slideshow playback.
Volume Controls Increases or decreases the volume level of a video, audio,
or slideshow.
• Channel Up/Down Browses for TV channels.
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The User Interface
Mobile Theater’s simple user interface allows you to control the program
with ease. This makes viewing and listening to your media files more relaxing
because you do not have to worry about the technical aspects of the program.
Restore
Menu
Minimize
Close
Drag here to resize window
The System Panel
When you are using a mouse instead of the remote control, the System Panel
appears. This panel contains buttons that you can use to minimize, maximize
or restore the program window, as well as close the program. You can also
click the house icon to go to the Menu page where you can select Mobile
Theater’s main functions.
In window mode (click Restore to switch between window and full screen),
you can adjust the size of the window.
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The Navigation Panel
The Navigation Panel contains buttons that you can use to play back video.
It also includes volume control buttons that allow you to adjust the volume
level of the media you are currently playing. Just like the System Panel, the
Navigation Panel only appears when you are using a mouse instead of the
remote control.
The Navigation Panel contains the following buttons:
Play/Pause Pauses or resumes video, audio, or slideshow playback.
Stop Ends video, audio, or slideshow playback.
Home Goes to the start of a video or audio file.
End Goes to the end of a video or audio file.
Forward Goes forward through a video or audio file.
Rewind Goes back through a video or audio file.
Mute Temporarily removes the sound attributes of a video, audio file,
or slideshow during playback.
Volume Controls Increases or decreases the volume level of a video,
audio file, or slideshow.
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The Selection Menu
The Selection Menu contains options and functions for each program section
or “page”. In the Menu Page, the Selection Menu allows you to go to the
pages where you can view images, play audio and video, as well as specify
settings.
Note: The contents of the Selection Menu vary depending on the page you are in.
The View Port
Mobile Theater has multi-tasking
capabilities that allow you to view a
slideshow, watch a movie, or listen
to music while browsing for files.
This is done through the View Port.
Back
View Port
While viewing your slideshow or
video in full screen, click Back to
minimize the video to the View Port. You can then switch to another function
and browse for media files while the current video is still playing.
To display the selected video in full screen, hold <Alt>
and press <Enter> or click the border of the preview
window.
Click here
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Settings
The Settings page is where you can view information about Mobile Theater. You can also
specify the settings for viewing images in the Photo page.
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The Menu page
The Menu page is where you select a function to use in Mobile Theater. It also
displays the current date and time as well as your login name.
The Menu page’s Selection Menu contains the following functions:
• Photo - Goes to the Photo page where you can browse and view
archived photos. You can also display photos as a slideshow
with background music and transition effects.
• Music - Goes to the Music page where you can play audio files
stored in your hard drive or from an audio CD.
• Video - Goes to the Video page where you can play video files
stored in your hard drive.
• DVD/VCD - Goes to the DVD page where you can play DVDs,
VCDs, and SVCDs.
• Make Disc - Goes to the Burn page where you can create a
DVD-Video, VCD, SVCD, or DVD+/-VR.
• DV - Goes to the DV page where you can capture footage from
a digital camcorder.
• TV - Goes to the TV page where you can watch TV programs
and record TV footage.
• Settings - Goes to the Settings page where you can view
additional information about Mobile Theater and specify
program preferences.
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Photo
The Photo page allows you to easily browse and view your favorite photos
and other image files. To view an image, select a thumbnail from the image
file list and then press Enter.
Viewing images as a slideshow
A more entertaining way of viewing your image files is to watch them in a
slideshow. Select Play Slideshow in the Selection Menu and then press Enter.
All image files in the current folder and sub-folders are included in the
slideshow.
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Using the Calendar View
In Calendar View, the Selection Menu lists the dates on which the images
were taken. To go to Calendar View, select Calendar View in the Selection
Menu and then press Enter. In Calendar View, dates when the images were
taken are listed in the Selection Menu. Select a specific year, month, or day to
list all images that were taken during that time period in the image list.
Rotating images
Select Rotate in the Selection Menu and then press Enter to go to the Rotate
page. This page allows you to rotate images for viewing.
To rotate an image:
1. Select Rotate from the image list and then press Enter.
2. Select the image you want to rotate in the image list.
3. Select Rotate +90 or Rotate -90 and then press Enter to rotate the image
clockwise or counterclockwise.
Tip: Select Next and Prev to browse through the images within the folder.
Specifying image and slideshow settings
Specify preferences for viewing your image or slideshow in the Photo Settings
page. This page allows you to add transition effects and background music
when viewing your images as a slideshow. You can also set your slideshow to
repeat after playing. When viewing image files, you can set Mobile Theater to
display the file name and the date when the image was taken.
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Photo Settings
The Photo Settings page contains the following options:
• Slide duration - Specify how long each image is displayed in the slideshow.
• Transition effects - Specify a transition effect to use in the slideshow.
• Enable Animation - Specify whether or not to add motion attributes to
each image when viewing them as a slideshow.
• Show image in random order - Specify whether or not to
display
the images in random sequence.
• Display file name - Specify whether or not to include the file name when
the image is displayed.
• Display taken date - Specify whether or not to display the
creation date when viewing an image.
• Play music - Specify whether or not to play an audio file while the
slideshow is playing.
• Music source - Specify an audio file as background music when viewing
as slideshow.
• Repeat playback - Specify whether or not to repeat the slideshow after
playback.
• Reset - Allows you to restore Mobile Theater’s original settings.
• Change Default Folder - Allows you to change Mobile Theater’s folder
for opening or saving files.
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Music
Listen to your favorite audio files or audio CD in the Music page. This page
also provides the following options for playing your audio files:
• Randomly play back audio files in a playlist.
• Loop a single audio file or an entire playlist.
• Select a visual representation for the active audio file.
(Just a few of the many visualizations.)
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Playing back audio files
To playback audio files, select an audio file from the audio file list and then press Enter.
You can also sort audio files based on their audio text such as song name, playlist, artist,
and album.
Playing back an audio CD
When you insert an audio CD into your disc drive, you automatically go the Music page and
the CD starts to play. The CD’s audio tracks are displayed in the audio track list. Use the
remote control’s playback buttons to pause, resume, or navigate through an audio track.
Unlike audio files, an audio CD’s track list cannot be sorted by their audio text.
Listening to music on the Web
Aside from listening to audio files and audio CDs, you can also listen to music on the
Web. Select Web Radio in the Music page to connect toWeb radio channels.You can then
select the Web radio channel that you want to listen to.
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Video
Click here
Watch video files that are stored in your hard drive in the Video page. Select
a video file from the video file list and then press Enter. To display the selected
video in full screen, hold <Alt> and press <Enter> or click the border of the
preview window. When using a mouse, you can use the Navigation Panel as
well.
Using the Calendar View
The Video page’s Calendar View is the same as the Photo page’s. The video
files are sorted according to the dates they were taken (if this information if
available in the video source) or captured from the video camcorder.
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Movie
Play your DVDs, VCDs, or SVCDs using Mobile Theater just as you would
play them on a normal DVD player. You can also use the remote control the
same way to control video playback. Button descriptions:
Main Menu - Goes to the main menu of a DVD.
Audio - Switches to another audio stream of a DVD.
Subtitle - Switches to another subtitle stream of a DVD.
Angle - Switches to another angle property of a DVD.
Playing back a DVD/VCD/SVCD
When you insert a DVD/VCD/SVCD into your disc drive, Mobile Theater
automatically plays the disc. Use the remote control to navigate through the
video disc. When you stop video playback, you automatically go to the DVD
page where you can resume playback, restart the video, go to the disc’s title
menu, eject the disc, or specify DVD language settings.
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Specifying DVD settings
A DVD video may contain several audio and subtitle tracks. These features
are often used as translations for different languages, captions, or aid for the
hearing/visually impaired. You can change the DVD-Video’s audio and subtitle
settings by selecting Audio Language or Subtitle in the Selection Menu.
Another unique feature of DVD-Videos is that they have multi-video angle
streams. These angle streams are videos recorded simultaneously by multiple
cameras for the purpose of presenting different camera viewpoints of a scene.
Select Angle (not available on all DVD titles) to specify which camera angle
to use when watching concerts, sport events, movies, and so on.
Note: When you have multiple DVD drives installed in your computer, Mobile
Theater opens a page where you can select which one to use.
Tip: When you are using a mouse instead of the remote control, you can use the
Navigation Panel to pause, resume, stop, or browse through the video.
Changing DVD region codes
Most DVD players are given a code of the region in which they are sold. Such
players will not play discs that are not coded for its region. This is done to
give movie studios geographic control over the release of their movies
reproduced in DVD-Video format.
When your DVD drive’s region code is not compatible with the disc you are
playing, Mobile Theater prompts you if you want to change it. The program
displays the region codes encrypted in the DVD video as wells as the one
your DVD drive currently supports. Specify a region code number that is
compatible with the disc.
Warning: The DVD decoder chip only allows five changes total.
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Make Disc
Burn your favorite home videos or TV programs you captured onto a disc that you can
share with your family and friends. Mobile Theater’s Make Disc feature allows you to
create VCDs, SVCDs, and DVDs in just a few simple steps.
To create a VCD, SVCD, or DVD:
1. Select Step 1: SelectVideo File, and then press Enter.
2. Select the video files to include in your disc. Select Back and then press Enter.
3. SelectStep2:SelectMenuTemplate,andthenpress Enter.
4. Select a menu template to use for the disc. Select Back and then press Enter.
5. Select Step 3: Start to begin burning the disc.
Note: You can select Selected files, and then press Enter to go to the page where
you can remove and rearrange the order of video files.
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DV
Archive your home videos using the DV page. This page allows you to capture
videos from your DV camcorder and save them in your hard drive or burn them
to a disc. A USB, 1394, or PCMCIA capture card must be installed for you to
be able to connect your DV camcorder to your computer.
To capture video from a DV camcorder:
1. Connect your DV camcorder to your computer, and then set it to VCR/
Play mode.
2. Go to the DV page, and then select whether to save the video files in your
hard drive or burn them onto a disc in the Selection Menu.
3. Use the Navigation Panel to go to the port where you want to start
capturing.
4. Select Record/Stop Record, and then press Enter to start/stop the
capturing process.
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TV
Watch your favorite sitcoms, game shows, sport events, and news programs using Mobile
Theater’s TV feature. Mobile Theater also provides special features such as pausing and
recording video feeds. You can also link to an electronic program guide that displays of
TV program listings in your area.
Before you can use Mobile Theater’s TV feature, you must first install a TV tuner in your
computer. This device lets you connect your computer to an antenna or a cableTVprovider.
Setting up TV channels
Just like a regular TV set, to be able to browse TV channels using the remote control’s
channel buttons, you must first scan for available networks and save them in the system.
To set up TV channels:
1. Select Settings.
2. Select the correct Input and Country/Region.
3. Select Auto Scan. MobileTheater automatically detects available
network channels in your area and then saves them in the program.
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Hybrid TV tuner (Analog and Digital TV)
Mobile Theater allows you to switch between analog and digital TV if you
have a hybrid TV tuner installed in your Notebook PC. Hybrid TV tuners are
equipped with receivers that can pick up and interpret both analog and digital
television signals.
Analog is the conventional form of television that uses the standard NTSC or
PAL formats and receives analog signals. Digital, on the other hand, is a more
recent form of television that receives and interprets data instead of the
conventional analog signals. This offers better picture and sound quality,
interactivity, as well as more consistent reception over varying distances.
Switching between analog and digital TV
To switch between analog and digital TV, select Analog or Digital from the
TV page.
Pausing video feeds
Watching TV has become an integral part of our everyday lives. So much so
that sometimes, you find it very hard stay away from your
TV set until you finish watching your favorite TV program. With Mobile
Theater, it is now possible to pause the TV program that you are watching to
make sure that you don’t miss anything while you’re away.
When you click Pause on the remote control or the Navigation Panel, Mobile
Theater automatically switches to time–shift mode. In time-shift mode, the
broadcast feed is saved on a recycle buffer. This buffer acts the same way as a
temporary folder where the broadcast feed is recorded allowing you to view
the whole program when you come back.
Note: When you switch channels while in time-shift mode, the recording will stop
and Mobile Theater will automatically return to preview mode.
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TV settings
• Input: Select whether to receive video feed from an antenna, CATV
provider, or analog device connected through a composite or S-video cable.
• Country: Select the country you are in. This will determine which TV
system (NTSC or PAL) to use when viewing video from an S-video or
composite source.
• Output Quality: Select the quality of video files to be saved when
recording to your hard disk.
• Aspect ratio Select whether to display video feed in standard TV (4:3) or
widescreen (16:9) mode.
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Recording TV programs
Mobile Theater allows you to capture TV footage using a TV tuner. Capture a
segment of your favorite television show from a regular TV or cable network
then save it on your hard drive in MPEG2 format.
To record a TV program, select To Hard Disk or To Disc in the TV page to
choose between recording the program to your hard drive or directly to disc.
Select Record and then press Enter to start capturing the video feed.
Scheduling a TV recording session
In addition to the pause feature, Mobile Theater allows you to schedule a
recording session for your favorite TV program. When a program is scheduled
for recording, a scheduling agent will invoke Mobile Theater and then
automatically switches to the TV page to start recording.
To schedule a recording:
1. Select TV from the main menu.
2. Select Scheduling and then select New on the TV Scheduling page.
3. Specify the channel of the program you want to record by selecting the
right and left arrows beside Channel. You can also specify a Program
Name for easy reference.
4. In Record Frequency, specify how often you want Mobile Theater to
start recording. You can choose to record only once or you can record on
a weekly or daily basis.
5. Specify the starting date of recording as well as the times at which the
recording should star and end.
Note: The maximum record length is 12 hours and the minimum length is 30 minutes.
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Receiving alternative broadcast audio
Just like most modern stereo television sets, Mobile Theater has MTS (Multichannel Television Sound) feature, which allows the reception of sound other
than the main audio of a broadcast feed. Broadcast stations can transmit other
information to the viewer through audio reception. These other information
could be the same TV program audio but in another language or voiceprints
that aid viewers who may have vision problems.
Consulting a TV guide
View the schedules of your favorite TV programs using Mobile Theater’s
EPG feature. An EPG (Electronic Program Guide) is an online TV guide
that provides program listings for the hour, day, or forthcoming week. It also
has features that allow you to view a program summary and sort program
listings according to your preferences. Select EPG from the Selection Menu
to connect to your EPG provider.
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Large Wireless Remote Controller (optional)
ON/OFF
TV
MUSIC
DVD/MENU
Opens DVD player application or
opens menu in DVD mode
Opens/Closes Mobile Theater
application
Opens TV viewing application
Opens picture viewer application
Opens video viewer application
Opens music player application
PICTURES
VIDEO
(No function)
Controller transmission activity
LED
Scrolls up
Scrolls right
Scrolls left
Scrolls down
Go back to previous page
BACK
OK
SELECT
(Reserved for next software
version)
Executes / accepts selection
Goes to previous
Play or pause when playing
Goes to next
PLAY/PAUSE
Fast rewind
Stops playing
Increases or decreases audio
volume
(Reserved for next software
version)
Mutes audio volume
Starts or stops recording
Fast forward
REW
STOP
VOL
FWD
CH
MUTE
RECORD
FULL SCREEN
Changes channel up or down
Changes between full screen or
windowed display
Numeric entry keys
JUMP
Jumps between two channels in TV
mode
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