Some preferences can be changed in a dedicated dialog window. Click. Select a category in the list to the left of the dialog window. The categories and their preferences are:
Deselecting the inline text edit box commits
If this option is not checked (default) changes made to an inline edit box are discarded if you leave the edit box without explicitly committing the changes. This happens for instance if you click outside the current edit box.
If this option is checked changes are committed if you leave the current inline edit box.
Enter key commits changes in the inline edit
If this option is not checked (default) pressing ENTER will insert a line break (a.k.a. newline) in an inline edit box. To commit the changes you should hit CTRL+ENTER.
If this option is checked ENTER will not insert a line break. It commits the changes as if you pressed CTRL+ENTER.
Clear Selection after creating or editing an
This option makes ELAN clear the selection after creating or editing an annotation
Clear Selection on single mouseclick
With this option checked (default), a selection that has been made in the timeline will be cleared when you click outside of that selection.
Create new annotations on the dependent tiers when a new
annotation is created
If this option is selected, annotations on dependent tiers are created automatically when a annotation on a independent(parent) tier is created. By default , this option is not selected.
Creates annotations aligned with video frames
When annotations are created, they can be aligned with the video frames by selecting this option.
If this option is checked, you can specify the maximum value to snap annotations in (ms).
Always center the active annotation
This option if checked, always put the active annotation in the center of the viewer in annotation mode.
When copying an annotation, copy:
When you want to copy an annotation as text to an external document , you can either choose to copy the annotation + begintime + endtime, or the annotation only. The default is 'copy the annotation + begintime + endtime'. This will copy the annotation, Tier name, begin and end time.
Look for CV entries that contain instead of start with the
When checked, this option will suggest entries from the CV that contain the given search string. When unchecked, only entries that start with the search string are suggested.
Also look in the descriptions of the CV entries
With this option checked, descriptions of the CV entries that contain the search string are also displayed in the suggest panel.
If this option is checked, casing will be ignored when entering a search string in the CV suggest panel.
Frame forward and frame backward jump to begin
of next or previous frame:
If this option is not checked (default) clicking the frame forward button (see Section 4.4.14) will put the crosshair forward by the amount of ms in one frame. So if the crosshair is in the middle of a frame, clicking frame forward will put the crosshair in the middle of the next frame. The same goes for frame backward.
If this option is checked the crosshair is put at the beginning of the next (or previous) frame no matter where it is in the current frame.
All video's the same size, in a single
When there are three or four video's linked, only one of them is displayed big; the others are small. Check this option If you want all video's to be displayed in the same size and in a single row.
Place the video / media in the center:
If selected, then the video is placed in the center and the viewers are on the left and right side of the video. By default the video is the left side of the application.
Media location: Set default directory for media files
Clickto set a default directory. ELAN searches this directory for a media file if it fails to find it using the absolute or relative path the .eaf file refers to or the same directory the .eaf file is in.
The document's Changed flag is set when the media location has
changed With this checked, you will notice when a media file has
changed its location.
When copying the current time, use the format
Click on the list box to select the format of the time, when the current time of the media is copied.
Prompt for a clip filename
When this is checked (default), ELAN will prompt for a filename to save your clipped media file. You can also choose a location to save the file to. More information on using the script for clipping can be found in Section 220.127.116.11
Only clip the first media file
This option is unchecked by default. If errors occur clipping multiple videofiles and a wavefile at once, check this and only the first (or master) mediafile will be clipped.
Clip multiple media files in parallel
This is checked by default. The script will run in multiple instances next to each other when clipping the video files and wave files. When this is causing problems, e.g. incorrect output files, uncheck this option and the script will run each instance after another.
Check the metadata keys you want to display in the Metadata tab in the main window by default. (See also Section 4.4.9.)
Mac OS X:
Use screen menu bar: if checked ELAN will use the
screen menu bar in Mac OS
Use Mac Look and Feel: if checked ELAN will use the Mac
OS Look and Feel. Otherwise a platform independent (i.e. Java) look and feel
is used. Note that if the option
Use screen menu bar is
checked, ELAN will use the Mac Look and Feel, even if you have
Mac Look and Feelunchecked.
Use Mac File Dialog: if checked ELAN will use a dialog
which is similar to the native Mac OS file dialog. Otherwise a platform
independent (i.e. Java) file dialog .
Media Framework: Select either
Cocoa QT or
Quicktime for Java
Use detached media window: if checked ELAN will show
the media in a separate window by default.
Media Framework: Select either
Java -DirectShow Framework
Java -Microsoft Media Foundation (mp4,.m4a,.m4v(win 7
only), .wmv, .wma, .asf)
Correct the video frame when pausing the player
This is checked by default. If unchecked, the crosshair might not jump
to correct the frame, but might also be less accurate.
Native Windows Media Player (WMP)
QuickTime for Java
Java Media Framework
Click onto browse to and select the directory where ELAN should look for preference files by default.
Selecting this optionAutomatic check for updates will enable the automatic checking for new updates feature, which will constantly check for updates once a month and intimates you if any updates were available.
Number of recent items: select the number of recent
edited item ELAN should remember.
Tooltips: if checked ELAN will show tool tips with
information about the data or about the functionality of ELAN, depending on
the position of the mouse cursor.
Menu Options: Select
Show annotation count to show the
number of annotations per tier in the menus and tier list in the
Subtitles: select the number of Subtitle Viewers you
wish to display in the Subtitle tab.
Active Annotation Bold: if checked the blue frame
of the active annotation has a bold line.
Reduced Tier Height: if checked the height of the
tiers displayed in the timeline viewer is reduced. The results is that
more tiers are visible.
Horizontal scroll speed : this sets the speed of
the horizontal scrolling, which is done with Shift+scrollwheel or by
swiping with two fingers on a laptop.
Color for symbolic annotations
You can set the color for symbolic annotations, e.g. non time alignable annotations. The default color is set to orange, you can browse for colors and set them as your favourites.
If the video is placed in the center, then it is possible to select which viewers should be shown in the left and right pane of the video. Select eitheror for each viewer. The order of the viewer in the table also determines their sort order in the tab pane. To sort the viewers use the buttons and to rearrange their sort order.