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Send keystrokes to minimized VLC player

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Greetings,

I've looked at the related posts and got a working baseline using Notepad. As expected, "my text   " string was sent to minimized Notepad.

AutoItSetOption("WinTitleMatchMode",2)  ; Partial title match
ControlSend("Notepad", "", "Edit1", "my text   ")

I am trying to accomplish the same with minimized VLC player, using keystrokes to navigate its menus. My keystrokes are not executing however.

AutoItSetOption("WinTitleMatchMode",2)  ; Partial title match
ControlSend("VLC media player", "", "", "!a" & "{DOWN 6}" & "{ENTER}")

; I also tried the controlID "QWidget" which I pulled from Autoit Info Window.
; ControlSend("VLC media player", "", "QWidget", "!a" & "{DOWN 6}" & "{ENTER}")

Any suggestions?

 

Below is the Info Summary.

>>>> Window <<<<
Title:    Some Song .... VLC media player
Class:    QWidget
Position:    398, 83
Size:    714, 483
Style:    0x16CF0000
ExStyle:    0x00000100
Handle:    0x00700984

>>>> Control <<<<
Class:    
Instance:    
ClassnameNN:    
Name:    
Advanced (Class):    
ID:    
Text:    
Position:    
Size:    
ControlClick Coords:    
Style:    
ExStyle:    
Handle:    

>>>> Mouse <<<<
Position:    909, 522
Cursor ID:    0
Color:    0xD4D0C8

>>>> StatusBar <<<<

>>>> ToolsBar <<<<

>>>> Visible Text <<<<


>>>> Hidden Text <<<<
 

 

Thanks in advance!

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With media players if you want to skip songs or pause/play etc... then my suggestion is look at _SendMessage and sending the command APPCOMMAND_MEDIA_STOP (for example.) You can find out how by googling with those keywords I gave you.

#include <SendMessage.au3>
#include <WinAPI.au3>

_SendMessage(VLC_HWND, $WM_APPCOMMAND, 0, _WinAPI_MakeLong(0, $APPCOMMAND_MEDIA_STOP))
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Updated: 04/09/2015

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Thanks for the reply! I tried poking around for a few days, but haven't found out how to do it yet. It looks like VLC discontinued support for MediaControl API. "The MediaControl API has been removed from VLC since 2010".

I am looking into VLC UDF or VLC HTTP interface as a possible solution...

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