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Navigate DVD menu using WMP.DLL

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We're trying to write a DVD player application using the Windows Media Player WMP.DLL
We have tried using VB6 and Delphi.

The WMP control exposes methods for the common operations such as .play, .pause, .stop but there does not appear to be any methods for navigating around the menus (up, down, left, right, select) which are functions supported by regular windows media player.

(These methods are also supported by the MSWEBDVD.DLL alternative however this DLL has given us other problems which is why we are trying WMP)

Has anyone sucesfully managed to implement the menu navigation commands on a DVD player based on WMP.DLL
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Question by:stuartlandreth
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by:Merete
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Hi
I doubt this possible with WMP dlls?
If at all possible as mpeg is protected by motion picture experts group?
The dynamic link library in windows 7 has changed and if it's relevent WMP is now integrated in to the OS
However the closest to what your asking about is using the embedded Windows Media Player.
Have a look at this
Player.uiMode
The uiMode property specifies or retrieves a value indicating which controls are shown in the user interface.
http://msdn.microsoft.com/en-us/library/windows/desktop/dd564089(v=vs.85).aspx

Maybe XBMC is better suited
XBMC is a popular alternative to Windows Media Center for HTPC (Home Theater PC) use. XBMC is highly customizable: a variety of skins can change its appearance, and various plug-ins allow users to access online content on services such as YouTube, Spotify, Grooveshark and Pandora Radio.
Versions from 12.0 (codename "Frodo") have a PVR (Personal Video Recorder) GUI frontend for live TV with Electronic Program Guide (EPG) and high-definition digital video recorder (DVR or PVR) support
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/XBMC
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by:Merete
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Any progress?
thanks
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No.

The only way to solve the problem within the framework of the question (using WMP.DLL) was to use sendkeys to simulate keypresses which was the only (but not an ideal) solution.
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by:stuartlandreth
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Workaround rather than solution.
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