SopPlayer Manual

Version 3.0.3
Sep 9, 2008

1. Introduction

Nowadays SopPlayer, also named SopCast Client, is totally free P2P software to view live TV channels and movies.

This manual takes you through the first steps of getting SopPlayer and provides the initial pointers to get up and running in no time.

SopPlayer can be run on Windows Vista, Windows XP, Windows 2000 and Linux, but this manual is only for Windows platform.

2. Download and Install

Step 1. Download SopPlayer from http://download.sopcast.com/download/SopCast.zip.

Or you can download it from mirror sites which are listed on page http://www.sopcast.com/download/.

Step 2. Unzip SopCast.zip with Winzip or Winrar to your hard disc.

Step 3. Go to the directory unzipped and Run Setup-SopCast-verion-num-build-time.exe to install SopCast, the Setup file looks like Setup-SopCast-2.0.4-2007-12-13.exe.

Step 4. Find SopCast in your "Start Menu" and run SopCast.exe.

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3. Login

Click the SopCast.exe to start your SopCast experience!

login frame

 

Sign in with your username account register on www.sopcast.com . If you don't have a user name yet, you may choose to sign in anonymously or click the link on the bottom right to create a new account.

[notes] Most channels are available for anonymous users, so if you can't sign in with your account at peak time, please always try with anonymous user.

4. Home

When you sign in successfully, you will now see the home frame of SopCast as the picture shown below.

home frame

Some key links of Sopcast is listed in home tab, we can find more detail information about SopCast by clicking these links.

The layout of SopCast contains 3 sections as below:
Address Area: channels viewing history will be listed in drop-down box, you can input a sop address (such as sop://broker.sopcast.com:3912/6001) or just the channel id 6001 in it to view a channel.

Tabs Area: includes Home, Live Channels, VoD Channels (from version 2.0.4), MyServer and FAQ 5 tabs.

Option Area: includes Sub(subscribe), Apply, Option and Logout 4 Buttons. Click Sub button to gain more channels (todo), click Apply button to Apply your own channel (todo).

5. Live Channel

Clicking "Live Channels" tab will list all available live channels now, as shown below:

channeltab

Channel List

Channel list will be refreshed by system automatically. You can also refresh it by click "refresh" button.

The channels you subscribed will be listed on the top of the channel list if you have subscribed some.

Double-click channel name to open Player window and the channel will start automatically.

Channel list control buttons

channel ctr

Press this button down to list all your favorite channels, press this button up to list all channels.
Press this button to Expand/Collapse channel list.
Press this button to Refresh channel list manually.
Press this button to choose the way of sorting channels, this can be by channel group, by class, by channel id, by regions, by language and by favorite. You can also choose to view channel list in which language, nowadays English and Chinese are available.

This blue bar is a channel quality indicator, click this bar to view detail information about this channel (as shown in the picture below).

Next to quality indicator are channel id, channel name and channel ratio in turn, channel ratio is marked by square brackets.

Channel Info Frame

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6. Player Window

Double-click channel name to open Player window and the channel will start automatically.

player window

Player Option Buttons

player ctr

hide main btn Press this button to hide main window and set player window top most. You can drag this window to any corner of your screen, thus you can watch channels while you surfing over Internet. Enjoy it.

display main Press this bottom to display main window, and switch channels.
zoom out Press this button to zoom out player window.
zoom in Press this button to zoom in player window.
add fav Press this button to Add the channel to your favorites.
record enable Press this button to record the channel.
record disable No channel is playing, the record button is disabled.
recording This button will displayed when the channel is recording.
hide player Press this button to hide player window, this button is disabled when main window is hide.

Player control buttons

player ctl


Information bar, name of the playing channel, buffer, and live massage will be shown in it.

Buffer indicator, when the buffer grow up over 60, the channel will be played fluently.

Open in external player, Press this button to player the channel in external media player, such as Windows Media Player, vlc and RealPlayer etc.

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7. Vod Channel

Nowadays, SopCast system doesn't provide VoD channels temporarily, so the area under this tab is always blank. If you find some, that means SopCast are recovering this feature.

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8. MyServer

A well-known main feature of SopCast system is anyone can broadcast his(her) own channel over Internet. MyServer is design for this intention.

More information of MyServer is detailed in other another manual: SopServer manual.

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9. FAQ

Frequently Asked Questions are listed under "FAQ" tab. If you have any questions, please refer to this page for answer, or visit our official website to find more FAQ.

faq tab

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10. Option

Click the "Option" button in option area to open the option window.

General Option

option window

In "General Option" tab, you can choose your preferred language, 14 languages (English, 简体中文, 繁體中文, Français, Dutch, Español, Polski, Deutsch, ελληνικά, Italiano, Português, Romanian, Slovenian, 日本語) are available in version 3.0.3.

If you tick off the "Allow only one instance of SopCast" checkbox, you can open multiple SopPlayers simultaneously to view different channels if you have enough bandwidth and hardware resource.

Always keep "Check for new version when starting" checkbox checked for getting latest release.

SopPlayer uses Windows Media Player to play media data received by default, but you can specify your preferred media player to do that.

MyServer

Default service port is 3902, change it if need. If you opened more than one SopPlayers, their server ports will be started with this port.

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