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How to play a AVI file within a form?

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Hey whats up expert I have a simple question how can I play a simple AVI file without user interaction.
Kinda like the same action you see when you are searching for files in windows or deleting a file ('recycling bin tossing paper') etc.

the idea is that I have my user click on a button to do a search within my program..but I would like to add a bit more life to my program by adding perhaps a small avi file so when he/she clicks on the search you can see it in action until the search finishes.

...so pretty much I would like to know how can i added it..do I put it in a picturebox or etc or do i need to call it...

Thank you for your time...and as you can see I never tried to playing any type of media file in a program.

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I just saw your link
http://www.experts-exchange.com/Programming/Programming_Languages/Dot_Net/VB_DOT_NET/Q_21444953.html?query=avi&topics=866

and I was going to say wow is there an easier way to do this..i mean I just want to play a small avi file or just something simple to have on the form that wouldn't require all those declarations of functions and classes.

is there another way..or this is it?
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You could convert an avi to a gif then load it into a picture box (with sizemode = autosize).
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excellent it works..now how do we get it stop lol
pretty much Im using the same animation that comes with visual studio 2005...the one specifically im using is the magnifying glass which moves around and around....the point behind this is that again once the user presses search i want this to move as it does normally in the picturebox...but once it finish the search then it should just either clear out or stop either one is find by me.
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[picturebox].BackgroundImage = Nothing

or make the picturebox invisible.
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or create one that is just the first image (so no movement) and swap the visible picturebox between the 2.
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I like your idea of
"  or create one that is just the first image (so no movement) and swap the visible picturebox between the 2."
 is there a way i can set a timer to display this perhaps for a few second and then switch over to the still image?
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You could set a timer, but then isn't the image being animated for the duration of the process ?
I'd start with the still image, then swap to the animated for just the duration of the process then swap back again.

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I tried to do what you said..but my program does the search so fast...either because there is not enough data to fetch to..it does it so fast that you can't even see the difference in image swap. Meaning that the 2nd image does not occur what so ever.

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Will thos always be the case ?  will the searching procedure always be quick ?
If so, then theres not point in the animation ...  otherwise it'll be ok.

I'd leave as is, so it covers any lengthy searches (just in case).
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you are correct on that obviously the data fetch will grow in time and things will get more complex as the search will have to do more fetching in the future. Thanks for helping put the gif in a picture box..I kinda figure GOD it can't be that crazy to put an avi file just to do a simple 2-3 sec movement lol.

Thanks again :)
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no problem
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