libVLC Tutorial 0.9

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LibVLC Tutorial

This may work with 0.9 and 1.0 version, you just need to remove exception to get it to work on 1.1

Of course, windows binary builds don't come with vlc.h, so you'll need a copy of the source to get them. See LibVLC Tutorial 086c for some instructions on getting the build working.

Linking against LibVLC

cc example.c -lvlc -o example

Sample LibVLC Code

 #include <stdio.h>
 #include <stdlib.h>
 #include <vlc/vlc.h>

 // Uncomment this line if you get a "sleep was not declared in this scope"
 // #include <unistd.h>

 static void raise(libvlc_exception_t * ex)
     if (libvlc_exception_raised (ex))
          fprintf (stderr, "error: %s\n", libvlc_exception_get_message(ex));
          exit (-1);
 int main(int argc, char* argv[])
     const char * const vlc_args[] = {
               "-I", "dummy", /* Don't use any interface */
               "--ignore-config", /* Don't use VLC's config */
               "--plugin-path=/set/your/path/to/libvlc/module/if/you/are/on/windows/or/macosx" };
     libvlc_exception_t ex;
     libvlc_instance_t * inst;
     libvlc_media_player_t *mp;
     libvlc_media_t *m;
     libvlc_exception_init (&ex);
     /* init vlc modules, should be done only once */
     inst = libvlc_new (sizeof(vlc_args) / sizeof(vlc_args[0]), vlc_args, &ex);
     raise (&ex);
     /* Create a new item */
     m = libvlc_media_new (inst, "", &ex);
     raise (&ex);
     /* XXX: demo art and meta information fetching */
     /* Create a media player playing environement */
     mp = libvlc_media_player_new_from_media (m, &ex);
     raise (&ex);
     /* No need to keep the media now */
     libvlc_media_release (m);
 #if 0
     /* This is a non working code that show how to hooks into a window,
      * if we have a window around */
      libvlc_drawable_t drawable = xdrawable;
     /* or on windows */
      libvlc_drawable_t drawable = hwnd;
      libvlc_media_player_set_drawable (mp, drawable, &ex);
      raise (&ex);
     /* play the media_player */
     libvlc_media_player_play (mp, &ex);
     raise (&ex);
     sleep (10); /* Let it play a bit */
     /* Stop playing */
 #warning There is known deadlock bug here. Please update to LibVLC 1.1!
     libvlc_media_player_stop (mp, &ex);
     /* Free the media_player */
     libvlc_media_player_release (mp);
     libvlc_release (inst);
     raise (&ex);
     return 0;