VisualBasic.NET for Beginners – Chapter 42 : Using axWindowsMediaPlayer in VB.Net

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Visual Basic .NET (VB.NET) is a programming language that is widely used for creating Windows-based applications. It is a great choice for beginners because it is relatively easy to learn and use. In this article, we will be discussing one specific aspect of VB.NET: using the axWindowsMediaPlayer control to play media files in your application.

The axWindowsMediaPlayer control is a built-in component in VB.NET that allows you to play various types of media files, such as videos and audio files. It can be added to your project by dragging and dropping it from the toolbox onto your form. Once added, you can use it to play, pause, stop, and control the volume of your media files.

To play a media file with the axWindowsMediaPlayer control, you will first need to specify the file’s location. This can be done by setting the control’s “URL” property to the file’s path. For example, if your media file is located in the “C:\Videos” folder, you would set the URL property to “C:\Videos\myVideo.mp4”.

Once the file’s location is set, you can use the control’s “Ctlcontrols” property to play the media file. The Ctlcontrols property allows you to access the control’s built-in media player functions, such as play, pause, and stop. For example, to play the media file, you would use the following code:

In addition to playing media files, the axWindowsMediaPlayer control also allows you to display video files with visual controls such as full screen mode and playlists. You can also customize the appearance of the control by changing its properties, such as its size and background color.

Another useful feature of the axWindowsMediaPlayer control is the ability to detect and respond to different events, such as when a video ends or when a user clicks the pause button. These events can be handled by writing event handlers, which are special functions that are called when the event occurs.

In conclusion, the axWindowsMediaPlayer control is a powerful tool for adding media playback functionality to your VB.NET projects. It is easy to use and customize, and can save you a lot of time and effort compared to creating your own media player from scratch. With the added functionality of visual controls and event handling, it can be tailored to specific needs, making it a great tool for any application that need to include media playback.

VisualBasic.NET for Beginners – Chapter 42 : Using axWindowsMediaPlayer in VB.Net


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