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Photo Station

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Photo Station (5.0) is an online photo album used to organize photos and videos on the NAS and to share them with friends and family across the Internet. With Photo Station, users can drag & drop photos into virtual albums, sparing them from having to tediously move/copy files around and helping to save storage space as they only need one copy of their photos on the NAS when they create albums with special themes. Smart albums can also be used to automatically collect content that matches search criteria and helps users to neatly manage their photos.

 

This chapter covers the following topics:

Starting Photo Station
Familiarizing yourself with Photo Station
Using Photo Station
Media Library and Privacy Settings

 

Starting Photo Station

 

Depending on your NAS model, Photo Station may be enabled by default and can be launched from the Desktop or the Main Menu. If not, install and enable it in the App Center (for QTS 4.1 or later versions only) and follow these steps:

1.Import photos and videos to a shared folder on the NAS. There are three ways to upload photos and videos to the NAS: 1) Install Qfinder on your PC or Mac, set up a network drive and upload files to your preferred shared folders. For details on setting up a network drive, check the Connecting to NAS Shared Folders chapter; 2) Click "Shared Photos" or "Private Collection" in the left panel in Manage mode and click "Import" on the main menu to import photos or videos from the local PC. A new shared folder named with the date that files are uploaded will be created on the NAS to store your uploaded files (for "Shared Photos", this newly-created shared folder is located under the "Multimedia" folder; for "Private Collection", this shared folder is located under the "/home" folder.) A corresponding album will be created under "Album" as well; and 3) Switch to the folder view browsing mode and drag & drop photos and videos to a preferred folder. Note that when using the first and third approach, you can choose the NAS folder to upload photos and videos into.

 

The Photo Station supports the following file formats:

Image

BMP, JPG, JPE, PNG, TGA, GIF, and more.

Video

API, MP4, and more.

 

Tips on file upload:

The maximum size of an image file is 2GB.
The maximum size of multiple files that can be uploaded at a time is 2GB.

 

2.Launch Photo Station from the Main Menu/Desktop shortcut, or directly log into Photo Station by going to: http://NAS_Name_or_IP/photo/

 

Note: The admin login credentials of Photo Station is the same as that of the NAS administrator.

 

Familiarizing yourself with Photo Station

 

In Photo Station, there are two modes that you can use: Gallery mode and Manage mode. Gallery mode is designed for a greater viewing experience, while Manage mode is provided for easier photo and video management.

 

Gallery Mode

Menu Bar

 

No

Name

Description

1

Gallery/Manage

Switch between Gallery mode and Manage mode.

2

Advanced Search Bar

Search for photos and videos by title, date taken, file size, resolution, camera brand, color label, rating, description or tag.

3

Multi-Select

Select multiple items at the same time.

4

Network Media Player

Locate compatible devices in different rooms over your home network.

5

Refresh

Refresh the current page.

6

Background Task

Show Photo Station tasks (such as uploading photos/videos to your NAS or Picasa, Flickr, Weibo, or YouTube) that are currently running in the background.

7

Settings

Launch Quick Start and show the Photo Station online help.

8

Display

Switch between thumbnail and wallpaper display styles and configure display settings (including the gallery view, source, content filter, or sort) by moving your mouse over the button and click "Display Settings". Refer to the Viewing photos and videos section for more details.

9

Music

Play/Pause background music. You can also choose the music source ("Now Playing" list in Music Station or system default) by moving your mouse over the button and clicking "Music Settings".

10

Slideshow

Play all of the photos in an album as a slideshow. You can also configure slideshow settings (including the speed, effect and music) by moving your mouse over the button and clicking "Slideshow Settings".

 

Note:

To stream media files to HDMI or Chromecast using the Network Media Player, the Media Streaming Add-On must first be installed in the App Center.
Bonjour must be enabled when using multi-zone streaming. You can enable Bonjour in "Control Panel" > "Network Service" > "Service Discovery" > "Bonjour".
Only MP4 video files can be directly streamed if your NAS does not support On-the-fly Transcoding. You can consider transcoding them into different media formats if they are desirable. For details on transcoding, please refer to the Transcode Management chapter.
If your NAS supports transcoding, please install the CodexPack App before using this function. The NAS will try to transcode to a suitable format for your device. If your NAS does not support transcoding, the NAS will only output the original file format and the seek function may not work properly. In this case, please make sure that your device is compatible with the file format used by the video.
Some video formats may experience issues when streaming via DLNA, Apple TV or Chromecast. If any of these issues arise during video playback, you can consider transcoding your videos into universally-compatible media formats. For more details on transcoding, please refer to the Transcode Management chapter.
Some media players do not support pausing during playback. If this happens, playback will continue even if you use the pause feature.

 

Manage Mode

Menu Bar

 

No

Name

Description

1

Gallery/Manage

Switch between Gallery mode or Manage mode.

2

Advanced Search Bar

Search for photos and videos by title, date taken, file size, resolution, camera brand, color label, rating, description or tag.

3

Network Media Player

Locate compatible devices in different rooms over your home network.

4

Refresh

Refresh the current page.

5

Background Task

Show, pause, or cancel Photo Station tasks (such as uploading photos or videos to your NAS or Picasa, Flickr, Weibo, or YouTube) that are currently running in the background.

6

Settings

Configure Photo Station settings, launch the Quick Start, or show the Photo Station online help. There are four settings:

Content Filter: Select shared folders as the content source of the Photo Station. To add new shared folders as the content source, go to "Multimedia Management".
Social Network Binding: bind with social networks for your friends to log into the Photo Station and browse shared albums.
Backup/Restore: Export or import a configuration file of all albums and smart albums for their configuration backup and restoration.
Miscellaneous:
oAlways ask me to enter my password when accessing Private Collection: Photo Station will prompt users for a password every time they try to access the Private Collection.
oSelect a shared folder as the default folder to store photos uploaded to Shared Photos: Set a default shared folder to store uploaded photos.  
oAutomatically create matching album: An album with the same name you specified in the file upload process will be automatically created under "Album" on the left panel after you upload photos. If this is disabled, only the physical folder will be created under your designated upload shared folder.
oAlways start in Manage mode: Check this option to always start Photo Station in Manage mode.

7

Browsing Mode

Switch between different browsing modes (thumbnail browsing mode, list browsing mode, timeline browsing mode, and folder browsing mode) to browse photos and videos.

8

Timeline

Show/Hide the timeline.

9

Sort

Sort items chronologically in an ascending or descending order.

10

Add Album

Create an album or smart album.

11

Photo/Video Filter

Display either photos or videos, or both.

12

Zoom in/Zoom out

Zoom in to enlarge the thumbnail size or zoom out to reduce the thumbnail size.

13

Background Color

Switch between a white and black background color.

14

Slideshow

Play selected items as a slideshow and click the down arrow to choose the slideshow speed, effect and background music.

15

Import

Import videos or photos.

16

Download

Download the selected photo or video. You can also select the resolution of the photo to download (if it is a video, then the resolution chosen is for its thumbnail.)

17

Share

Choose to share the selected items via email, on social networks, or via link. This will bring up Sharing Cart. For details on Sharing Cart, refer to the Sharing photos, videos, albums, or smart albums section in this chapter.

18

Multi-Select

Select multiple items at the same time.

 

Note:

To stream media files to HDMI or Chromecast using the Network Media Player, the Media Streaming Add-On must first be installed in the App Center.
Bonjour must be enabled when using multi-zone streaming. You can enable Bonjour in "Control Panel" > "Network Service" > "Service Discovery" > "Bonjour".
Only MP4 video files can be directly streamed if your NAS does not support On-the-fly Transcoding. You can consider transcoding them into different media formats if they are desirable. For details on transcoding, please refer to the Transcode Management chapter.

 

Left Panel

Shared Photos: List all photos and videos chronologically by their thumbnails (except photos and videos in the "/home" and "Qsync" folders) and all photos and videos are only visible to authorized users.
Folder: Show the folders, photo and video files contained in a folder on the NAS (except photos and videos in the "/home" and "Qsync" folders) and all photos and videos are only visible to authorized users.
Private Collection: List all photos and videos located in the "/home" folder, and those multimedia files can be only viewed by yourself.
Qsync: List photos and videos synchronized from the Qsync service.
Album: List all virtual albums. Note that all entries listed under an album are only links to files. This can effectively conserve your NAS storage space, as you can keep only one copy of the photos even if you create an album for a special theme. You can also right click on "Album" (the category header) to expand/collapse the album list or add an album. For album operations, please refer to the section on Creating and managing albums below.
Smart Album: List all smart albums. Smart albums will only show photos or videos that match specific conditions chosen by users, such as today in history, random, tag and all files and can save you effort in managing photos. You can also right click on "Smart Album" (the category header) to expand/collapse the smart album list or add an album. For instructions on smart album operations, please refer to the Creating and managing smart albums section.
Shared Center: Show the photo and video sharing history. You can check the name, link, expiration date and summary of each record and choose to re-share the shared items. You can also right click on "Shared Center" (the category header) to expand / collapse the album list.
Faces: List albums containing photos with face tags. Please refer to the Adding face tags to photos section for more details.
Recently: Include recently-imported (within two months) photos and videos from local device or taken (within two months) with a camera or recording device.
Trash Can: All deleted photos and videos can be found here and can be restored or permanently deleted. Only deleted files (and not virtual links) will show up in the trash can.

 

Note:

The "/home" folder can only be accessed by its owner and NAS administrators. Private or personal videos should only be stored in your "/home" folder.
For media folder configuration, refer to the Multimedia Management chapter. For user setup and configuration, refer to the User section in the Privilege Settings chapter.
If uploaded photos or videos do not show up in Photo Station, scan for them using the Media Library. For details on the scan, please refer to the Multimedia Management chapter.

 

Using Photo Station

 

Creating and managing albums

There are two ways to create an album:

1.Switch to the folder view in Manage mode, right click on a folder, and select "Create New Album" to turn that folder into an album.
2.Drag & drop photos or videos in "Album" on the left panel.
3.Right click on "Album" on the left panel > "Add Album" and specify to share the album with NAS users or with the public (if an album is shared with the public, photos in that album will be shown on the QTS login screen.)

 

To manage albums, right click on an album and choose to download, remove, rename, share, stream, play as a slideshow, open, or configure its settings.

 

Creating and managing smart albums

Similar to an album, there are three ways to create smart albums:

1.Switch to the folder view in Manage mode, right click on a folder and you will see two smart album options: "Create a Smart Album" and "Convert subfolder to Smart Album". Select "Create a Smart Album" to turn that folder into a collective smart album. Select "Convert subfolder to Smart Album" and all the subfolders within that selected folder will become individual smart albums under "Smart Album" on the left panel.  
2.Drag & drop photos or videos in "Smart Album" on the left panel.
3.Right click "Smart Album" on the left panel > "Add Album" and choose the sharing options, file type, source path, and search criteria > Click "Create".

 

To manage smart albums, right click on an album under "Smart Album" in the left panel and choose to download, remove, rename, share, stream, play as a slideshow, open, or configure its settings.

 

Sharing photos, videos, albums, or smart albums

You can share photos, videos, albums, or smart albums with your friends via email, social networks, or sharing links using Sharing Cart or configure sharing settings when you create an album or smart album.

 

Sharing Cart

Sharing Cart allows you to conveniently collect photos and videos stored in different albums or folders before sharing them. After you collect items using Sharing Cart, choose one of these methods to share them:

Email: Complete required fields (including sender email, recipient emails, password, valid period, subject and message (in "More settings") and click "Create".

 Note: To share files/folders using your own email account, please first set your email account in QTS Desktop > "Options" > "E-mail Account".

Social network: Complete required fields (including shared way, social network, message, domain name), choose to use SSL, set the password and valid period and click "Create".
Sharing link: Choose the link format and whether to create a secure link using SSL, set the password and valid period and click "Create".

 

Note that for album or smart album, all the photos/videos within that album will be loaded to Sharing Cart, while for a photo or video, only that item is loaded.

 

For sharing with your friends on Facebook, you can bind your Facebook account with Photo Station. After the account is successfully bound, your Facebook friends can log into Photo Station (http://NAS_Name or IP/photo/) with their account to browse photos from shared albums.

 

Configuring sharing settings

As you create an album, you can choose to share it with other NAS users (choose whether all NAS users can edit the album, or only the album creator/administrator can edit the album) or the public (show this album on the QTS login page - please note that this option is only available for administrators) or not to share at all (leave both options unchecked), and set the valid period on the album creation page.

 

Checking sharing history

To check the sharing history, click "Shared Center" on the left panel in Manage mode. You can review the details of a record or re-share the shared items.

Note:

As a Photo Station administrator, you can also share a public album on the NAS login screen (the photo wall style login screen can be set in "Control Panel" > "General Settings" > "Login Screen".)
If an album is set to share with the public, users can click the photo wall on the login page to check the album.
An exclamation mark will appear on the album thumbnail if the sharing period of that album has expired.  

 

Photo and Video Operations

After right clicking on a photo or video in Manage mode, a menu will show up, and users can choose to perform a desired action from the list.

Operation

Description

Rotation(counter-clockwise rotation icon)

Rotate the photo 90 degrees counter-clockwise (photos only.)

 

View(eye icon)

Launch the media viewer to view the photo (photos only.) Refer to the Viewing photos and videos section for more details.

Information (i)

Display file details, properties and a description of the photo (photos only.)

View

Launch the media viewer to view the photo (photos only.) Refer to the Viewing photos and videos section for more details.

Rotation(clockwise rotation icon)

Rotate the photo 90 degrees clockwise (photos only.)

View/Play

Launch Media Viewer and play the selected item.

Open in new browser tab

Play the video or photo in a browser window.

Open with VLC

Play the video in a browser window (videos only; the VLC plug-in must be installed.)

Streaming to (Network Media Player)

Stream videos to compatible devices in different rooms over your home network.

Share

Share the photo or video on social networks, via email or link.

Download

Download the photo or video. For photos, there are four sizes: small, medium, large and original; for videos, you can choose to download the video file (please choose "Original") or video thumbnail (please choose "small", "medium", or "large".)

Add to Album

Copy the photo and video to an existing album or create a new album and then copy the item to that new album.

Add to Transcode

Convert the video to the following resolutions: 240P, 360P, 480P SD, 720P HD and 1080P Full HD (videos only.)

Edit

Edit the photo online using Pixlr Editor or Pixlr Express (photos only.)

Rebuild thumbnail

Rebuild thumbnail for selected photos or videos.

Delete

Delete photos or videos.

Information

Display file details, property and description of the photo/video.

Set Coordinates

Set GPS information of a photo (photos only.)

Add Tag

Add a tag to photos or videos.

Rating

Rate photos or videos.

Color Label

Color-label photos or videos.

 

Finding your photos and videos quickly

You can rate or classify photos/videos to quickly locate them. To do so, right click on a photo or video and then tag, rate or color label them. To batch mark or classify multiple photos or videos, first click the "Multi-select" button on the main menu (or hold the Ctrl key), select your desired photos or videos and right click the photos or videos to perform desired actions. After photos or videos are tagged, rated, or color labeled, they can be searched by their rating, color label or tag in the search bar.

 

Viewing photos and videos

In Gallery mode, double click on a photo or video or click the "Display" button in the thumbnail display style to launch the Media Viewer for viewing operations.

 

 

No

Name

Description

1

Face Detection

Enable Face Detection to show tagged faces. You can also manually add a face tag. Please refer to the Adding face tags to photos section for more details.

2

Download

Download the photo or video. For photos, there are four sizes: small, medium, large and original; for videos, you can choose to download the video file (please choose "Original") or video thumbnail (please choose "small", "medium", or "large".)

3

Share

Share the photo or video image on social networks, via email or link.

4

Slideshow

Play the photos/videos in this album as a slideshow in full screen mode. Check the Playing photos and videos as slideshow section for more details.

5

Network Media Player

Stream videos to compatible devices in different rooms over your home network.

6

Information

Display file details, property and description of the photo/video.

7

Miscellaneous Settings

Set the currently displayed photo/video image as QTS wallpaper.

8

Full Screen

View the photo or play the video in the full screen mode.

9

Return to Photo Station

Close the photo/video viewer and return to Photo Station.

10

Last Item/Next Item

Play the last/next item.

11

Play/Pause

Play the photo/video as slideshow.

12

Seek Bar

Control the playback progress.

13

Hide/Show Preview Bar

Hide/show the Preview Bar.

14

Rewind/Forward

Rewind/Forward the Preview Bar.

15

Preview Bar

Preview the photos and choose which photos or videos to preview next.

16

CC (available when the item opened is a video)

Display and adjust subtitles.

17

Resolution (available when the item opened is a video)

Switch the resolution for the played video (Only available if your NAS model supports On-the-fly transcoding.)
Watch the video in another browser page or with VLC.

18

Volume (available when the item opened is a video)

Adjust the player volume.

 

Playing photos and videos as slideshow

A slideshow is a collection of photos that are played in a sequential fashion at an interval in full screen mode for your photo enjoyment. To play photos or video images as slideshow, click the "Slideshow" button in Gallery mode to switch the viewing mode.

 

Use the buttons on the menu bar for slideshow or album operations.

 

 

No

Name

Description

1

Effect

Set a different slide transition effect.

2

Speed

Set the slide speed.

3

Music

Switch between different playlists defined in the Music Station (from the "Playlist", personal playlist and shared playlist on the left panel.) Please refer to the chapter on Music Station for more details.

4

Play/Pause

Play/Pause the slideshow.

5

Last/Next Slide

Go to the last/next slide.

6

Background Music

Turn the background music on or off.

7

Title

Show the photo title.

8

Download

Choose to download the current photo or every photo in the slideshow in large or original image size.

9

Full Screen

Switch between full screen and windowed modes.

 

Geotagging photos and photo map

To geotag a photo, right click on a photo and select "Set Coordinates" to set its coordinates (you can either type the coordinates or the location in the search box in the "View Map" dialog window.) Click "Save" after you finish the setting. To view photos on a map, click on the photos > "Information", and then click the red pin next to "Coordinates". This feature is only available for photos with GPS coordinates. For photos with no GPS coordinates, please follow the above steps to set their GPS coordinates.

 

Adding face tags to photos

1.Set face detection folders in Photo Station > "Manage Mode" > "Settings" > "Face Detection".
2.Open a photo in the Media Viewer and enable Face Detection.
3.Add face tags to the photo, or manually change the face area.

 

To view photos with face tags, switch to Manage mode and click "Faces" on the left panel.

 

Browsing PDF files

You can also browse PDF files as photos using Photo Station. To use this feature, right click on a PDF file to create a new album. After clicking on that album, you will see all the pages of the PDF file displayed as individual photos.

 

Note:

Before using the Face Detection and PDF browsing features, the Photo Station Extension App must first be installed in the App Center. Face Detection is only available on x86-based NAS models while the PDF browsing feature is available on both x86 and ARM based NAS models.
As the face detection function can affect system performance, avoid using it during peak NAS usage periods.

 

Media Library and Privacy Settings

 

Photo and video files in Photo Station are listed and displayed according to shared folder privileges and media folders settings in the Media Library. For shared folder privileges, only users with an appropriate permission to a shared folder can view its contents in the Photo Station. For example, if a user does not have read/write, or read-only permissions to a certain shared folder, that user cannot see the photos and videos in the shared folder.

 

Note:

For x86-based NAS models, all shared folders except "/recording" and "/web" are media folders by default. For ARM-based NAS models, only "/multimedia" and "/homes" are media folders by default. However, users can always add more media folders.
In addition to shared folder privileges, you can also store private videos in your "/home" shared folder to hide them from other NAS users (except the administrator.) The contents of the "/home" folder can be found under "Private Collection". Anyone attempting to access this folder in Photo Station will be prompted for a password.
To create a shared folder, go to "Control Panel" > "Privilege Settings" > "Shared Folders".

 

Photos and videos stored in the shared folders are only visible after they are detected and scanned by the Media Library. To set the Media Library to scan for photos and videos manually or by schedule go to "Control Panel" > "Multimedia Management" > "Media Library". For more details on media folder settings, please refer to the chapter on Multimedia Management.

 

Note: As the media folders in the Media Library are shared by Photo Station, Music Station, Video Station and DLNA Media Server as their content source, content will be affected in those applications if new media folders are added or existing media folders are removed from the Media Library.

 


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