Python VLC MediaPlayer – Getting length of current media

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)



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# 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)

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Output :

Length of the media : 
1377385

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# 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)

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Output :

Length of the media : 
5009

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