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Possible to run Windows Media Player in command line?

Posted on 2004-10-20
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I'm going to write a program that is to press a 'start' button and then open the Windows Media Player with a specific video/audio file.  I'm not sure if Windows Media Player can accept parameter that is to execute the Player with the video/audio file?
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Question by:kwkaan
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by:arif_eqbal
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You can do that, this will open Media Player and play the file Logo1.avi

        Shell("C:\Program Files\Windows Media Player\mplayer2.exe C:\Logo1.avi", AppWinStyle.NormalFocus)

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by:RonaldBiemans
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This is the .net way

        System.Diagnostics.Process.Start("C:\Program Files\Windows Media Player\mplayer2.exe","c:\logo1.avi")

if you want to run the media player inside your program look at this article

http://msdn.microsoft.com/library/default.asp?url=/library/en-us/dnwmt/html/playingdigitalmediainavisualbasicnetapplication.asp
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The_Biochemist earned 500 total points
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Inside your application you can simply add a reference to the WMPLib.dll COM component

then using it is as simple as :

1)        Imports WMPLib

2)        Dim WMP as new WindowsMediaPlayer

3)        With WMP
            .URL = "C:\Logo1.avi"
            .controls.play()
           End With

OR

You can add the WMPLib.dll to your Toolbox and then drag it onto the form and have a nice Media player 9 window on your form directly rename it to WMP and then use the code in (3) above to play it.
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