The Media Browser is a convenient way of accessing and utilizing your media files within Sandvox. So for example, rather than having to load the entire iPhoto application to find a photo, you can use the Media Browser.
Ways to hide or show the Media Browser:
Click the "Media" button in the toolbar to show the Media Browser.
Click the button again to hide the Media Browser.
To add an item from the Media Browser to a site, you use drag and drop. For example, you can:
- Drop an item onto a page to create an object or insert an image in some text.
- Drag a media file to the Inspector to set an attribute.
- Drop an item in the Site Navigator to create a new page.
There are four types of media options available in the Media Browser. For each option, Sandvox looks at certain default locations. You can configure Media Browser to look for media in other locations.
The Media Browser looks for photos in:
- iPhoto libraries
- The "Pictures" folder in your Home Folder
- Desktop pictures
- iChat icons
- Aperture libraries
- Adobe PhotoShop Lightroom libraries
- Flickr (Sandvox would retrieve the images from the internet)
Hover the mouse over an image to view more information about it.
The Media Browser looks for audio files in:
- Your iTunes library
- The "Music" folder in your Home Folder
- Apple Loops in Garage Band
- If you have them installed, the iLife and iMovie Sound Effects
The Media Browser looks for movies in:
- Your iPhoto library
- Your iTunes library
- The "Movies" folder in your Home Folder
- Your Photo Booth
Sandvox can handle any movie files that Quicktime supports except movies downloaded from the iTunes Store. If you use any movies with an unusual codec, site visitors might have a problem viewing them.
The Media Browser looks for bookmarks from these browsers:
You can "teach" the Media Browser to look for photos, audio files and movie files in other folders as well.
To add a folder to the Media Browser:
- Open the Media Browser in Sandvox.
- Select the "Photos," "Audio" or "Video" section of the browser.
- Switch to the Finder and begin dragging the folder you wish to add to the Media Browser.
- While dragging, use the command-tab keyboard shortcut to switch back to Sandvox.
- Drop the folder in the top pane of the Media Browser.
You can flip the Media Inspector over to change its settings.
To access the Media Browser's settings, click the "i" button at the top right-hand corner of the window. When you are done, click it again to return to the front of the Media Browser.
To browse Aperture images, be sure to have "Share previews with iLife and iWork" checked in the Aperture preferences. (You may need to leave Aperture running for a while after turning this setting on, so it can generate the preview images.) If this doesn't work, you may want to repair your database by holding down the Option and Command keys as you start Aperture.
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