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Python VLC MediaPlayer – Checking if it is playing or not

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  • Last Updated : 10 Feb, 2022
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In this article we will see how we can check if the video is playing in MediaPlayer object in the python vlc module. VLC media player is a free and open-source portable cross-platform media player software and streaming media server developed by the VideoLAN project. MediPlyer object is the basic object in vlc module for playing the video. We can create a MediaPlayer object with the help of MediaPlayer method. We uses play method to play the video.

In order to do this we will use is_playing method with the MediaPlayer object

Syntax : media_player.is_playing()

Argument : It takes no argument

Return : It returns 0 if not playing and 1 if playing

Below is the implementation




# importing vlc module
import vlc
  
# importing time module
import time
  
  
# creating vlc media player object
media_player = vlc.MediaPlayer()
  
# media object
media = vlc.Media("death_note.mkv")
  
# setting media to the media player
media_player.set_media(media)
  
  
# start playing video
media_player.play()
  
# wait so the video can be played for 5 seconds
# irrespective of length of video
time.sleep(5)
  
# checking if it is playing
value = media_player.is_playing()
  
# printing value
print("Is playing : ")
print(value)

Output :

Is playing : 
1

Another example
Below is the implementation




# importing vlc module
import vlc
  
# importing time module
import time
  
# creating vlc media player object
media_player = vlc.MediaPlayer()
  
# media object
media = vlc.Media("1mp4.mkv")
  
# setting media to the media player
media_player.set_media(media)
  
  
  
# start playing video + commenting it 
# media_player.play()
  
# wait so the video can be played for 5 seconds
# irrespective of length of video
time.sleep(5)
  
# checking if it is playing
value = media_player.is_playing()
  
# printing value
print("Is playing : ")
print(value)

Output :

Is playing : 
0

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