Simple fast video player for windows?

tullhead
tullhead used Ask the Experts™
on
I develop a window's desktop application in C++.    I'd like to add an embedded video help system.  At various places in the GUI and help button -- the user clicks the help button, and a video plays showing them some 'how to' information.

What are suggestions for how to play a video?   I'm not sure I want to rely on Windows Media player (or any other particular thing) being installed or not.  And I don't want it to take several seconds for some player to boot up and start showing the video.  I really want it to be very fast -- click on help button and video is playing 2 seconds later.  Only need the most basic video controls: play, pause, rewind, volume for audio.

Is there a video player I could bundle with my product?  Suggestions?  Thanks!
Comment
Watch Question

Do more with

Expert Office
EXPERT OFFICE® is a registered trademark of EXPERTS EXCHANGE®
Distinguished Expert 2017

Commented:
look at vlc, open source APIs....
Are the videos via web access......DHTML  ...
Shaun VermaakTechnical Specialist
Awarded 2017
Distinguished Expert 2018

Commented:
It is clearly a desktop application written in C++ so you will have to rely on a component such as
https://github.com/vjacob/ofxHPVPlayer

Commented:
I'm a VLC fan for years, small, comprehensive and available from ninite.  

See:  ninite.com
Technical Specialist
Awarded 2017
Distinguished Expert 2018
Commented:
No, for this you would need SDK
https://wiki.videolan.org/LibVLC/

Author

Commented:
Thanks!

Do more with

Expert Office
Submit tech questions to Ask the Experts™ at any time to receive solutions, advice, and new ideas from leading industry professionals.

Start 7-Day Free Trial