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Python VLC MediaPlayer – Getting length of current media

  • Last Updated : 18 Aug, 2020

In this article we will see how we can get length of the current media 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. 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. Length is basically how long the current media is.

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

Syntax : media_player.get_length()

Argument : It takes no argument

Return : It returns integer (milleseconds)

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 for length of video
time.sleep(5)
  
# getting length of the current media
value = media_player.get_length()
  
# printing value
print("Length of the media : ")
print(value)

Output :

Length of the media : 
1377385

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
media_player.play()
  
# wait so the video can be played for 5 seconds
# irrespective for length of video
time.sleep(5)
  
# getting length of the current media
value = media_player.get_length()
  
# printing value
print("Length of the media : ")
print(value)

Output :

Length of the media : 
5009

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