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Python VLC MediaPlayer – Getting Current State

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  • Last Updated : 11 Apr, 2022

In this article we will see how we can get current state of the 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. MediaPlayer object is the basic object in vlc module for playing the video. We can create a MediaPlayer object with the help of MediaPlayer method. Current state can be playing paused or nothing special if no video is played, it depend on the media player object.

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

Syntax : media_player.get_state() 

Argument : It takes no argument 

Return : It returns State object

Below is the implementation 

Python3




# 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 for length of video
time.sleep(5)
 
# getting current state of the player
value = media_player.get_state()
 
# printing value
print("Current State : ")
print(value)

Output :

Current State : 
State.Playing

Another example Below is the implementation 

Python3




# 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
media_player.play()
 
# wait so the video can be played for 5 seconds
# irrespective for length of video
time.sleep(5)
 
# getting current state of the player
value = media_player.get_state()
 
# printing value
print("Current State : ")
print(value)

Output :

Current State : 
State.Playing


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