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Improve Playback Using Enhancements in Windows Media Player 12

Are you looking for ways to improve the playback of your media in Windows Media Player 12? We’ll show you how to do that by using the enhancements in WMP 12.

If you are in Library mode, you’ll need to click the icon at the lower right to switch to Now Playing mode.

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Right-click anywhere in Media Player while in Now Playing mode, select Enhancements, and select any of the available options.

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You can switch between the individual enhancements by clicking the right and left buttons at the top left.

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Crossfading and Auto Volume Leveling

The Auto Volume Leveling setting is just a simple toggle on and off. If your MP3 or WMA files have volume leveling information values.

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You can automatically add volume leveling information values to all files you add to your library by switching to Library view, going to Tools > Options, and selecting Add volume leveling information values for new files on the Library tab. Click OK when finished.

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Crossfading will gradually decrease the volume of the song that is ending (fade out) and increase volume of the song that is beginning. Click Turn on Crossfading and then click and drag the slider left or right change the amount of overlap between tracks.

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Graphic Equalizer

The graphic equalizer is toggled on and off by clicking Turn on / Turn off at the top left.

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You can select pre-defined equalizer settings by music genre by clicking the Default list.

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The radio buttons on the left allow you to move the sliders individually, in a loose group or a tight group.

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You can always return to the default settings by clicking Reset.

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Play Speed Settings

Choose a pre-defined settings by clicking Slow, Normal, or Fast.

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Uncheck the Snap slider to common speeds the move the slider right and left to your desired speed. If nothing else, these settings provide a little fun and amusement.

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Quiet Mode

Quiet mode will level out any sharp volume highs and lows within a single track. Simply toggle the setting on or off and select whether you prefer Medium difference or Little difference by selecting one of the radio buttons.

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SRS WOW effects

SRS WOW effects enhance low-frequency and stereo sound performance. Click Turn on to enable the TruBass and WOW Effect sliders.

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You can also optimize for your speaker type. Click to switch between Regular, Large, and Headphones.

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Video Settings

Video Settings allow you to adjust the Hue, Brightness, Saturation, and Contrast.

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You can also adjust the zoom settings by clicking Select video zoom settings.

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Dolby Digital Settings

Choose between Normal, Night, and Theater settings to adjust the audio for Dolby Digital content. This setting will only effect media with Dolby Digital sound.

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Looking for more ways to improve your media experience in WMP 12? Check out how to update metadata and cover art and how to share media with other Windows 7 computers on your home network.

Andrew is a media center geek with some serious Windows skills. He's never far from a WiFi connection or a great cup of coffee.

  • Published 05/13/10

Comments (4)

  1. mickeyblue

    changing the skins in WMP12 is also very handy, i use the Alienware invader skin makes a huge difference to the desktop, you should do a article on the skins if it hasnt been done already.

  2. RUBi PHOENiXxX

    This is a great tutorial for beginners to use and understand the basics as well.

  3. Jodi

    It’s difficult to read the gray text in the library. Is there a way to change the text color or the background in the library? Thanks.

  4. phillip

    Hey thanks very good info…. Still hav alittle distortion.Crackle and pop..Can u help??????? Thanks again..

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