Whenever a sound recording have been attached to a record, there is a sonogram associated to the record. It is possible to
- listen the full recording,
- select a part of the recording to listen,
- verify the recording, if you are a Validator.
- browsing records from latest sightings on the right hand column on the home page,
- browsing records from the last 5/15 days on the left hand column on the home page,
- consulting your own records at All my observations,
- using the Search engine,
- on the Gallery,
- on the verification panel (only available to Validators).
Click on a sonogram (see image Selecting a sonogram below) to open the sound player tool (see image Sound player general view). Note if the file is yours, you will be given additional options (see image Sound player general view. Own file).
- 1. Select file
All files attached to the record (images and sounds). Select any to visualise below. Note the yellow frame on the active file.
- 2. Hide/Unhide
Click to hide/unhide the sound file to the general public. It is only possible with your own records. If you are seeing someone else's records you will not see the icon.
- 3. Delete file
Click to delete the file. Only your own files can be deleted. If you are consulting someone else's records you will not see the icon.
- 4. Download
Click to download the sonogram. It is only possible to download your own records. If you are seeing someone else's records you will not see the icon.
- 5. Favourite
Click to save sound file to your favourites. When the tick is green, the record is saved. Click on a green tick to remove the sound file from your favourites. See your favourite sounds and images in Gallery. This function is available for all registered users.
6. Full sonogram
The full length of the sonogram is represented. A yellow square indicates which part of it is currently represented in the detailed sonogram area (number 7 in image Sound player general view). By default, it is 10 seconds.
- 9. Active waveform
The active waveform is highlighted in blue; otherwise, it is grey.
- 10. Resize
Use blue arrows on the side to enlarge or decrease the size of the selected area. Note the image on the detailed area of the sonogram (number 7 in image Sound player general view) changes accordingly.
- 11. Move
Use the blue arrows at the bottom to move the selected area to display in detail (7) along the sonogram. Note the image on the detailed area of the sonogram changes accordingly.
- 12. Sound guide
Red line indicating which part of the recording is playing. It moves along the sonogram as the playing progresses. See a similar line also appears in the detailed sonogram area below (number 7 in image Sound player general view) indicating which part is sounding. Move it along the sonogram with your mouse to start playing from a different point on the recording.
7. Detailed sonogram area
It is a representation of the highlighted area in the full sonogram (number 6 in image Sound player general view). The red line indicates which bit of it is playing and it moves along the recording as it plays.
- 13. Play/Pause (full sonogram)
Click Play/Stop button to start playing or stop it when needed. This function applies to the full sonogram.
- 14. Continuous playing
By default it is set on continuous playing (black icon). Click on the icon to play the recording only once (grey icon).
- 15. New playback window
Click to select a part of the sonogram to play. It will show a new red framed box on the detailed sonogram area. Note the the full sonogram at the top (number 6 in image Sound player general view) also contains the red boxes. See underneath for more details.
- 16. Clear all playback windows
Click Clear all playback windows to remove all red boxes from the detailed sonogram area. If there are no red boxes, the option is inactive, and then the recording can only be played in full, using the button described in point 8.
15. New playback window
Click to select a part of the sonogram to play. This allows to focus on special frequencies when there is noise. It will immediately show a new red framed box on the detailed sonogram area (see image below). Note the the full sonogram at the top (number 6 in image Sound player general view) also contains the red boxes.
Click more than once to create several boxes.
- 17. Resize
Use red arrows on corners to enlarge or decrease the area you want to play. It works both up and down and to the sides, allowing selecting sounds higher or lower in the diagram or further to right or left. It is possible to adjust the red box also while the recording is playing.
- 18. Move
Use red arrow at the middle top to move the red box to a different part of the detailed sonogram area. It is possible to move the red box also while the recording is playing.
- 19. Play/Stop (selected part)
Play/Stop the sound within the red box. Note when playing the recording through the red button, it will only reproduce the sounds represented within this box. If there are more than one box, you can decide which one to play. To play all sounds in the sonogram, use the general play button (number 8 in image Sound player general view).
- 20. Delete
Delete red box. No area will be selected when there is no red box in the detailed sonogram area and the recording will play in full. This button will only remove the red box it applies to. All other red boxes will remain on the detailed sonogram area. To remove all boxes at once, use the Unselect button (number 11 on image Sound player general view).
Note: images and examples are drawn from the French portal Faune-France. The design and position of some tools may vary slightly from portal to portal. To see a list of portals go to wiki section Local portals and partners.