Add-on for Python’s VideoLAN Client
To learn Python, we’ll be focusing on the VLC module in this course. For our demonstrations, we’ll be using the Python VLC module.
Well, so let’s get into this thing.
Learning Python’s VLC Module
The VLC media player is open-source software that may be used for free and is portable, making it an ideal media player. VideoLAN’s VLC video player doubles as a custom-built media server. VLC is a media player that works on a wide variety of platforms, including desktop OSes like Windows, Linux, and MacOS and mobile OSes like Android, iOS, iPadOS, Windows 10 mobile, Windows Phone, and Tizen.
Python also allows us to use the VLC media player. The VideoLAN Client (VLC ) module is a Python-supported add-on.
Putting in the VLC plugin: instructions.
Use the pip installer and the command below to put Python’s VLC module in place: Syntax:
$ pip install python-vlc
Warning: Before using the VLC module in Python, the user must have the VLC media player installed on their system.
Importing the VLC module into a Python script when the installation is complete allows us to double-check everything is working as expected. Let’s look at the following syntax for it: Syntax:
# importing the vlc module
It’s time to save the file and launch the programme. The module has been successfully installed if the software throws no errors. If this is not the case, you should reinstall the module and consult the manual for further instructions.
Incorrect VLC imports may be corrected.
The Syntax of
In case the path is not defined, the issue is that
is not in the
(System Variable). We have to include the
file path to the system variable to solve the problem. We can find this file in the VLC folder where it is installed.
- Wrong version of VLC: Generally, users install 32 bits version of VLC, which may cause some trouble if we have installed the 64 bits version of Python. All we have to reinstall the 64 bits version of VLC in order to fix this.
We can import the
module before the
module and register
using the following syntax:
Instances of the VLC component
Let’s have a look at a basic video-playing software using VLC. Example:
# importing the vlc module
# creating the vlc media player object
my_media = vlc.MediaPlayer("video.mp4")
# playing video
We have included the VLC module import in the above code snippet. Now we have the ability to play media using the VLC player thanks to the object we just built. We’ve finally gotten around to using the play() method to start the movie.
Let’s take a look at another another case where the VLC plugin was used to determine the length of a video file. Example:
Results of the
# importing the time and vlc modules
import time, vlc
# defining the method to play video
# creating an instance of vlc
vlc_obj = vlc.Instance()
# creating a media player
vlcplayer = vlc_obj.media_player_new()
# creating a media
vlcmedia = vlc_obj.media_new(src)
# setting media to the player
# playing the video
# waiting time
# getting the duration of the video
video_duration = vlcplayer.get_length()
# printing the duration of the video
print("Duration : " + str(video_duration))
# calling the video method
The given code sample makes use of the time and VLC modules, both of which were imported. And then we have a function that we’ve written to actually run the movie. We have implemented a media player and an instance inside the function. Afterwards, we loaded the material we just made into the player. As a result, we have already started the movie and set the delay to 0.5 seconds. The video’s running time was recorded and shown to viewers afterwards. The specified function has been invoked at last.