Playing 50 file formats without conversion

How does it work?

In order for the all the media formats supported by MediaGun to play correctly, some codecs and supporting resources must also be installed. These are now an optional part of the MediaGun installation. Below is the "MediaGrid", a table indicating which media file type requires which supporting resource.

To operate the MediaGrid:

  • Position the mouse pointer over a file extension to find out which supporting resource MediaGun requires to play it.
  • Position the mouse pointer over a supporting resource to highlight all the media file extensions it enables MediaGun to play.
  • Click the mouse on a file extension to download a corresponding sample file. This can be used as a reference: if you are unable to play a file of yours with that same extension, it can be for three reasons:
    1. That file’s extension is not correct, and MediaGun is taking the wrong route trying to play it.
    2. The extension is correct, but the file is corrupted.
    3. The extension is correct and the file is OK, but you do not have the required system supporting resource (for ex. QuickTime) to play it.
  • By downloading and successfully playing the MediaGrid sample file, you are certain your file was the problem.
  • If you still cannot play the MediaGrid sample file, you need to (re)install the supporting resource.
  • Click on a supporting resource. That takes you to its publisher’s web page where it can be downloaded and installed.

Increase compatibility with target PC and minimize the need to add any supporting resource

A MediaGun playlist can be played on any target PC, whether MediaGun is present or not. When the exact configuration of that target PC is not known, it's better to stick to the following file formats. This will minimize the need to add any supporting resource:

  1. Using the following formats whenever possible, as playback will not require any additional supporting resource:
    • Movies: mpeg-1, .wmv
    • Text: .pdf, .txt
    • Audio: .mp3, .wav
    • Pictures: .jpg, .bmp
    • PowerPoint slideshows (ppt, pps) need either PowerPoint as of 2003 or the free PowerPoint Viewer 2010
  2. If you don’t know the user operating the target PC’s operating system, check both boxes in the Portfolio dialog window: “A: Add Installer (System)” and “B: Add Resources (Local)”. (See FAQ 07)

Playing a .ppt or a .pps slideshow in a Solo Portfolio requires either any version of PowerPoint 2003 onwards or the PowerPoint Viewer 97-2000, found here. More recent versions of the Viewer are not yet supported. We hope to address this limitation shortly. This does not apply to a .ppt or .pps playback in a Standard Portfolio or in MediaGun itself.

Minimum system requirements

Supported Operating Systems:

Microsoft® Windows® XP 32-bit SP3, Windows Vista® 32-bit or 64-bit SP2, Windows 7 32-bit or 64-bit, Windows 8 32-bit or 64-bit

Minimum System Requirements for Using MediaGun 1.9

  • Microsoft® Windows® XP 32-bit SP3
  • 2 GHz processor
  • 100 MB hard-disk space for program installation
  • 1 GB RAM (2 GB recommended)
  • Windows-compatible sound card
  • DVD-ROM drive (for direct DVD playback)
  • Internet Connection (for license delivery and activation)

In order to function, MediaGun requires a color palette (aka “screen depth”) of 24 bits, and a screen resolution of 1280-800 pixels. These conditions are easily met by all current computers. Also, the font size should be set to “Small’.

See ReadMe file for more information.