Is there a common name for the collection of media player controls?

16 May 2007 - 12:49pm
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Mark Bardsley
2006

Hello,

Is there a common name for the collection of buttons usually near the
bottom of media players? I am speaking of FFW, RWD, Play, etc. for apps
like iTunes and Windows Media Player. The name I am looking for should
describe the entire collection of buttons. The first that came to mind
was "media player controls" but I am fairly certain I just made that up.

Thanks.

Mark Bardsley

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16 May 2007 - 1:01pm
Ari
2006

they are usually referred to as controls.

Mark Bardsley wrote:
> Hello,
>
> Is there a common name for the collection of buttons usually near the
> bottom of media players? I am speaking of FFW, RWD, Play, etc. for apps
> like iTunes and Windows Media Player. The name I am looking for should
> describe the entire collection of buttons. The first that came to mind
> was "media player controls" but I am fairly certain I just made that up.
>
> Thanks.
>
> Mark Bardsley
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16 May 2007 - 1:15pm
Alexander Baxevanis
2007

Hi Mark,

I think I've seen them referenced in some UI frameworks as "media
transport" controls, I presume this comes from the old times when the
buttons would actually "transport" a tape back and forth.

>From a quick survery, on Mac OS X, mplayer has a menu named "Controls"
for this function, VLC names the respective window as "Controller" and
QuickTime Player has an option called "Show A/V controlls" which
actually shows some advanced options such as Image Contrast or Play
Speed.

If you are writing a spec, "media player controls" will probably be
understood by everybody working on application design &
implementation. If you are looking for a user-facing term, I think the
reason there is no such common term is that users are accustomed to
seeing these controls all the time, so they basically know them by
look. Even in cases where they are hidden (e.g. in full screen
display) there is usually a quick way to activate them again (e.g.
moving the mouse towards the screen edge, as in most software DVD
players) without using some button or menu option named "Show media
players controls" or something.

Sorry if I got carried away from the purpose of your question, but
it's quite interesting to think why some things may have remained
unnamed.

Cheers,

Alex

On 5/16/07, Mark Bardsley <markb at luxworldwide.com> wrote:
> Hello,
>
> Is there a common name for the collection of buttons usually near the
> bottom of media players? I am speaking of FFW, RWD, Play, etc. for apps
> like iTunes and Windows Media Player. The name I am looking for should
> describe the entire collection of buttons. The first that came to mind
> was "media player controls" but I am fairly certain I just made that up.

16 May 2007 - 1:07pm
Jose Castro
2007

Hi Mark,

Console?
Jose

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they are usually referred to as controls.

Mark Bardsley wrote:
> Hello,
>
> Is there a common name for the collection of buttons usually near the
> bottom of media players? I am speaking of FFW, RWD, Play, etc. for apps
> like iTunes and Windows Media Player. The name I am looking for should
> describe the entire collection of buttons. The first that came to mind
> was "media player controls" but I am fairly certain I just made that up.
>
> Thanks.
>
> Mark Bardsley
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16 May 2007 - 1:35pm
Patrick G
2006

I'll second "media transport." I think they still might be referred
to as such in Final Cut, which would support the hypothesis that the
term is derived from analog video editing rigs and playback devices.

Patrick

On May 16, 2007, at 2:15 PM, Alexander Baxevanis wrote:

> Hi Mark,
>
> I think I've seen them referenced in some UI frameworks as "media
> transport" controls, I presume this comes from the old times when the
> buttons would actually "transport" a tape back and forth.
>
>> From a quick survery, on Mac OS X, mplayer has a menu named
>> "Controls"
> for this function, VLC names the respective window as "Controller" and
> QuickTime Player has an option called "Show A/V controlls" which
> actually shows some advanced options such as Image Contrast or Play
> Speed.
>
> If you are writing a spec, "media player controls" will probably be
> understood by everybody working on application design &
> implementation. If you are looking for a user-facing term, I think the
> reason there is no such common term is that users are accustomed to
> seeing these controls all the time, so they basically know them by
> look. Even in cases where they are hidden (e.g. in full screen
> display) there is usually a quick way to activate them again (e.g.
> moving the mouse towards the screen edge, as in most software DVD
> players) without using some button or menu option named "Show media
> players controls" or something.
>
> Sorry if I got carried away from the purpose of your question, but
> it's quite interesting to think why some things may have remained
> unnamed.
>
> Cheers,
>
> Alex
>
> On 5/16/07, Mark Bardsley <markb at luxworldwide.com> wrote:
>> Hello,
>>
>> Is there a common name for the collection of buttons usually near the
>> bottom of media players? I am speaking of FFW, RWD, Play, etc. for
>> apps
>> like iTunes and Windows Media Player. The name I am looking for
>> should
>> describe the entire collection of buttons. The first that came to
>> mind
>> was "media player controls" but I am fairly certain I just made
>> that up.
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16 May 2007 - 1:49pm
cfmdesigns
2004

>From: Patrick Grizzard <gamutant at earthlink.net>
>
>I'll second "media transport." I think they still might be referred
>to as such in Final Cut, which would support the hypothesis that the
>term is derived from analog video editing rigs and playback devices.
>
>> If you are writing a spec, "media player controls" will probably be
>> understood by everybody working on application design &
>> implementation. If you are looking for a user-facing term, I think the
>> reason there is no such common term is that users are accustomed to
>> seeing these controls all the time, so they basically know them by look.

Supporting the second item quoted above, no matter what the origin and "real name" of the controls are, avoid calling them "transport controls" in the UI, Help, etc. It's a term left over from the previous technology (listen to Stan Freberg's "The United States of America, vol. 2", and I think the track is #27, "Henry Ford Invents Detroit") and it only causes confusion for those who don't already know what it means. Avoid jargon. "Transport what?"

Controls, Playback Controls, Player Controls, Media Player Controls -- those should all be fine for the user.

(This assumes the product is targeted at general users, rather than those with a narrow, intense knowledge base. That set would be annoyed if you *didn't* use the classic term.)

-- Jim

16 May 2007 - 2:44pm
Mark Bardsley
2006

Thanks all. As always, sound advice.

(The term(s) will be used in some user documentation such as tutorials.)

- Mark

>From: Patrick Grizzard <gamutant at earthlink.net>
>
>I'll second "media transport." I think they still might be referred
>to as such in Final Cut, which would support the hypothesis that the
>term is derived from analog video editing rigs and playback devices.
>
>> If you are writing a spec, "media player controls" will probably be
>> understood by everybody working on application design &
>> implementation. If you are looking for a user-facing term, I think
the
>> reason there is no such common term is that users are accustomed to
>> seeing these controls all the time, so they basically know them by
look.

Supporting the second item quoted above, no matter what the origin and
"real name" of the controls are, avoid calling them "transport controls"
in the UI, Help, etc. It's a term left over from the previous
technology (listen to Stan Freberg's "The United States of America,
vol. 2", and I think the track is #27, "Henry Ford Invents Detroit") and
it only causes confusion for those who don't already know what it means.
Avoid jargon. "Transport what?"

Controls, Playback Controls, Player Controls, Media Player Controls --
those should all be fine for the user.

(This assumes the product is targeted at general users, rather than
those with a narrow, intense knowledge base. That set would be annoyed
if you *didn't* use the classic term.)

-- Jim

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