.MILK File Extension
MilkDrop Winamp Plug-in Preset
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What is a MILK file?
A MILK file is a preset file used by MilkDrop, a music visualization plug-in available for Winamp. It contains text-based settings that control how MilkDrop visualizes music. MILK files can also be used with projectM, another music visualization application, and the Windows version of VideoLAN VLC media player.
Music visualization plug-ins and applications transform audio input into often-psychedelic animations that can be used as desktop wallpapers, screensavers, or videos. To transform audio input into video output, music visualization programs utilize preset files, which contain a variety of audio- and visual-related settings. For example, a preset file may specify what color waveforms appear in an animation.
MILK files are MilkDrop preset files. Using a variety of text-based settings, they determine how MilkDrop transforms audio input into animations. Different MILK files use different values for each setting, allowing MilkDrop to produce distinct visuals for the same piece of audio content.
NOTE: projectM's .PRJM files are very similar to MILK files.
How to open a MILK file
To use a MILK file with MilkDrop or projectM, you must place the file in the programs' presets folder (or whichever folder you use to store presets). Then, you can select the MILK file as a preset in MilkDrop or projectM.
To use a MILK file with the Windows version of VideoLAN VLC media player:
- Select Tools → Preferences.
- Click the All button in the Show settings section.
- Select Audio → Visualizations → projectM.
- Click the Browse... button next to the projectM preset path field.
- Navigate to and select the folder containing your MILK file.
- Click Save.
If you want to edit the settings a MILK file contains, you can do so by opening and editing the file in any text editor, such as Microsoft Notepad, Apple TextEdit, or GitHub Atom.