3.1.  Controls

3.1.1.  During Startup

Button

Action

Select + R1

NTSC

Select + R2

PAL

Select + R1 + SQUARE

Non-interlaced NTSC

Select + R2 + SQUARE

Non-Interlaced PAL

3.1.2.  During Navigation

Button

Action

UP/DOWN

Navigate Files

LEFT/RIGHT

Select between file menu and device menu (e.g. CD Network, USB etc)

START

Accesses special configuration menu

SELECT

-

X

Navigate into selected directory

OR

Start playback of selected file

OR

Increase numerical value

O

Decrease numerical value

OR

(on a folder) play multiple MP3 files without a playlist

TRIANGLE

Up one directory level

OR

Quit current menu

SQUARE

-

SELECT + TRIANGLE

Exit to boot browser (Quit SMS)

SELECT + O

Power off PS2

L1 + L2 + L3 + L4

Displays 'about' screen / credits

SELECT + L1

Adjust screen position left

SELECT + R1

Adjust screen position right

SELECT + L2

Adjust screen position up

SELECT + R2

Adjust screen position down

3.1.3.  During Playback

Button

Action

UP/DOWN

Volume up/down

LEFT/RIGHT

Scroll forwards/backwards

OR

(after pressing SELECT) Navigate progress bar to required point in film

START

Activate Player Menu

OR

Resume playback after pause

SELECT

Pause playback and show progress bar (press again to hide text), then use LEFT/RIGHT to navigate progress bar to required point in film.

X

(During playback) Toggle On Screen Display (OSD) - cycles between [ time | time remaining | off ].

OR

(After pressing SELECT) Terminate scrolling and continue playback

O

Toggles display of audio/video synchronisation offset (V/A) [and if available the subtitle/video synchronisation offset (S/V)]

TRIANGLE

Stop playback

SQUARE

Cycle between the five different letterbox/pan-scan modes

L2 / R2

(see O) Adjust audio/video synchronisation offset. (+/-250ms)

OR

Adjust subtitle/video synchronisation offset. (+/-250ms)

L1 / R1

Pan left or right in pan-scan mode

L1 + R1

Reset pan-scan to centre

3.1.4.  Player Menu

The player menu (SMS v1.5 and above), allows you to change settings mid-way through playback. Press START during playback to access the player menu.

SMS player menu

Figure 3.2.  Screenshot showing Player Menu.

Menu Item

Description

Language:

X to change the audio language (for avi files with multiple audio streams)

Display:

X to cycle between 5 display modes: letterbox, pan-scan 1, pan-scan 2, pan-scan 3, fullscreen.

Letterbox display mode shows the full width of the original video with black bands at top and bottom of screen. Pan-scan zooms in on the video, using more vertical lines of the screen, showing a larger image in the centre. The downside is that the left and right edges of the picture are cropped. Higher pan-scan modes zoom in more (and crop more). Fullscreen mode stretches the image to fit the TV screen - this is useful when playing a widescreen movie file on a widescreen TV.

Auto power-off: (sleep timer)

Automatically powers off PS2 after the time specified. Time starts counting from last button press.

X to increase

O to decrease

auto = power off when movie ends.

3.1.5.  Scrollbar

New in version 1.5 is a scroll bar, accessible during playback by pressing SELECT. When activated, the scroll bar shows the current position in the video. This can be adjusted by pressing LEFT/RIGHT, then playback can be resumed from that point by pressing X or START.

SMS Screenshot showing Scrollbar feature.

Figure 3.3.  Screenshot showing Scrollbar feature.

Yeah, that's all well and good, but how do I play my DivX movies?

There are several ways of playing video files: