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Hi, I need to embed a video player in my application, I found some stuff in here (VLC.au3, xVideo.dll udf...) but it looks like everything is outdated, since years.

The most recent thread I found is this :

'?do=embed' frameborder='0' data-embedContent>>

with someone having an issue with wmp.au3 udf..which dates from 2006... But apparently he's able to make it work.

When I try running this script, (i'm using latest autoit on Windows 8), I mean, this one :

#include <GUIConstantsEx.au3>
#include <WindowsConstants.au3>
#include <IE.au3>
Global $width = 800
Global $height = 450
Global $IEControl; = null;
Global $MyGUI = GUICreate("WMPlayer Control", $width,$height,(@DesktopWidth-$width)/2,(@DesktopHeight-$height)/2, $WS_OVERLAPPEDWINDOW)
Global $oIE = _GUICtrl_CreateWMPlayer("about:blank", 0, 0, $width, $height)
GUISetState (@SW_SHOW, $MyGUI)
GUIRegisterMsg($WM_SIZE, "WM_SIZE")
Global $playerOBJ = _IEGetObjById($oIE, "objWMPlayer")
if NOT IsObj($playerOBJ) Then
    MsgBox(0, "Error", "WMP failed to be created.");
;~ $FileOpen = "C:\Users\Public\Videos\Sample Videos\Wildlife.wmv";
$FileOpen = FileOpenDialog("Open Videos", @UserProfileDir, "Movies (*.3gp;*.mp4;*.avi;*.wmv;*.flv)")
If Not @error Then
    _wmpvalue($playerOBJ, "nocontrols")
    $mediaName = _wmpvalue($playerOBJ, "getname");
    WinSetTitle($MyGUI, "", "Playing video: " & $mediaName)
While 1
    $iMsg = GUIGetMsg()
    Switch $iMsg
        Case $GUI_EVENT_CLOSE
Func WM_SIZE($hWnd, $iMsg, $iwParam, $ilParam)
    #forceref $hWnd, $iMsg, $iwParam, $ilParam
    Local $xClient, $yClient
    $xClient = BitAND($ilParam, 0x0000FFFF)
    $yClient = BitShift($ilParam, 16)
    GUICtrlSetPos($IEControl, 0, 0, $xClient, $yClient)
    if NOT @error Then
        if IsObj($playerOBJ) Then $playerOBJ.width = $xClient;
        if IsObj($playerOBJ) Then $playerOBJ.height = $yClient;
_wmploadmedia( $object, $URL )
$object:    Object returned from the $playerOBJ = _IEGetObjById($oIE, "objWMPlayer")
$URL:       Path or URL of the media
Return: None
Func _wmploadmedia( $object, $URL)
    $object.URL = $URL
    While Not $object.controls.isAvailable("play")
; Function: _GUICtrl_CreateWMPlayer
; Purpose: Embed Windows Media Player and play one file or one playlist only.
; Notes: PARAM NAME="url" is ReadOnly
; Authors: squirrely1
; borderless IE embed example: GaryFrost
; Kudos - Kare Johansson, CFire
; References:
; http://msdn2.microsoft.com/en-us/library/ms930698.aspx
; http://www.w3schools.com/media/media_playerref.asp
; clsid:6BF52A52-394A-11d3-B153-00C04F79FAA6 - wmplayer latest installed version
; clsid:22D6F312-B0F6-11D0-94AB-0080C74C7E95 - wmp 6.4
Func _GUICtrl_CreateWMPlayer($movieURL, $playerLeft, $playerTop, $playerWidth, $playerHeight, _
    $insetBorders = 0, $fullscreenMode = False, $showControls = True, $enableContextMenu = True, _
    $LoopMode = false, $playCount = 1, $playVolume = 100, $playBalance = 0, $enableFullScreenControls = True)
    If $fullscreenMode Then
        $fullscreenMode = "true"
        $fullscreenMode = "false"
    If $showControls Then
        $showControls = "true"
        $showControls = "false"
    If $enableContextMenu Then
        $enableContextMenu = "true"
        $enableContextMenu = "false"
    If $LoopMode Then
        $playCount = 999
    If $enableFullScreenControls Then
        $enableFullScreenControls = "true"
        $enableFullScreenControls = "false"
    Local $myIE_Obj = _IECreateEmbedded ()
    $IEControl = GUICtrlCreateObj($myIE_Obj, $playerLeft, $playerTop, $playerWidth, $playerHeight)
    _IENavigate($myIE_Obj, "about:blank")
    Local $htmlWMP
    $htmlWMP = '' _
                & @CR & '<body style="margin:0;padding:0" >' _
                & @CR & '<OBJECT' _
                & @CR & 'ID="objWMPlayer"' _
                & @CR & 'STYLE="margin:0;padding:0"' _
                & @CR & 'HSPACE="0"' _
                & @CR & 'VSPACE="0"' _
                & @CR & 'BORDER="0"' _
                & @CR & 'WIDTH="' & $playerWidth & '"' _
                & @CR & 'HEIGHT="' & $playerHeight & '"' _
                & @CR & 'CLASSID="clsid:6BF52A52-394A-11D3-B153-00C04F79FAA6"' _
                & @CR & 'STANDBY="Loading Windows Media Player components..."' _
                & @CR & 'TYPE="application/x-ms-wmp">' _
                & @CR & '<PARAM NAME="allowHideControls" VALUE="true">' _
                & @CR & '<PARAM NAME="autoStart" VALUE="false">' _
                & @CR & '<PARAM NAME="audioStream" VALUE="false">' _
                & @CR & '<PARAM NAME="autoSize" VALUE="false">' _
                & @CR & '<PARAM NAME="balance" VALUE="' & $playBalance & '"><!-- -100 to 100 -->' _
                & @CR & '<!-- <PARAM NAME="bufferingTime" VALUE="5"><!-- seconds -->' _
                & @CR & '<PARAM NAME="clickToPlay" VALUE="false"><!-- has no effect -->' _
                & @CR & '<PARAM NAME="currentPosition" VALUE="0"><!-- start position within video, in seconds -->' _
                & @CR & '<PARAM NAME="enableContextMenu" VALUE="' & $enableContextMenu & '">' _
                & @CR & '<PARAM NAME="enableFullScreenControls" VALUE="' & $enableFullScreenControls & '">' _
                & @CR & '<PARAM NAME="enabled" VALUE="true"><!-- whether controls are enabled -->' _
                & @CR & '<PARAM NAME="fullScreen" VALUE="' & $fullscreenMode & '">' _
                & @CR & '<PARAM NAME="mute" VALUE="false">' _
                & @CR & '<PARAM NAME="playCount" VALUE="' & $playCount & '">' _
                & @CR & '<!-- <PARAM NAME="previewMode" VALUE="true"> -->' _
                & @CR & '<PARAM NAME="rate" VALUE="1"><!-- play speed of -.5 to 2 increments of .1 -->' _
                & @CR & '<PARAM NAME="sendPlayStateChangeEvents" VALUE="false">' _
                & @CR & '<PARAM NAME="showCaptioning" VALUE="false">' _
                & @CR & '<PARAM NAME="showControls" VALUE="' & $showControls & '">' _
                & @CR & '<PARAM NAME="showGotoBar" VALUE="false">' _
                & @CR & '<PARAM NAME="showPositionControls" VALUE="true"><!-- uiMode must = "full" -->' _
                & @CR & '<PARAM NAME="showStatusBar" VALUE="false"><!-- has no effect -->' _
                & @CR & '<PARAM NAME="showDisplay" VALUE="true"><!-- has no effect - reportedly shows filename -->' _
                & @CR & '<PARAM NAME="stretchToFit" VALUE="true">' _
                & @CR & '<PARAM NAME="uiMode" VALUE="full"><!-- invisible, none, mini, full -->' _
                & @CR & '<!-- <PARAM NAME="videoBorderWidth" VALUE="0"> -->' _
                & @CR & '<PARAM NAME="volume" VALUE="' & $playVolume & '"><!-- volume percent setting of wmplayer.exe -->' _
                & @CR & '<PARAM NAME="windowlessVideo" VALUE="false"><!-- must be the default (false) for function to work in wmp 9.0, otherwise might renders video directly in the client area -->' _
                & @CR & '</OBJECT>' _
                & @CR & '</body>'
    _IEDocWriteHTML ($myIE_Obj, $htmlWMP)
    _IEAction ($myIE_Obj, "refresh")
    $myIE_Obj.document.body.scroll = "no"
    $myIE_Obj.document.body.style.border = $insetBorders
    Return $myIE_Obj
EndFunc ;==>_GUICtrl_CreateWMPlayer
Func _wmpvalue( $object, $setting, $para=1 )
    Switch $setting
        Case "play"
            If $object.controls.isAvailable("play") Then $object.controls.play()
        case "stop"
            If $object.controls.isAvailable("stop") Then $object.controls.stop()
        case "pause"
            If $object.controls.isAvailable("pause") Then $object.controls.pause()
        case "invisible"
            $object.uiMode = "invisible"
        case "controls"
            $object.uiMode = "full"
        case "nocontrols"
            $object.uiMode = "none"
        case "fullscreen"
            $object.fullscreen = "True"
        Case "step"
            If $object.controls.isAvailable("step") Then $object.controls.step($para)
        Case "fastForward"
            If $object.controls.isAvailable("fastForward") Then $object.controls.fastForward()
        Case "fastReverse"
            If $object.controls.isAvailable("fastReverse") Then $object.controls.fastReverse()
        Case "volume"
            $object.settings.volume = $para
        Case "rate"
            $object.settings.rate = $para
        Case "playcount"
            $object.settings.playCount = $para
        Case "setposition"
            $object.controls.currentPosition = $para
        Case "getposition"
            Return $object.controls.currentPosition
        Case "getpositionstring"
            Return $object.controls.currentPositionString
        Case "getduration"
            Return $object.currentMedia.duration
        Case "getname"
            Return $object.currentMedia.name

I'm getting an error on line 181 :

If $object.controls.isAvailable("step") Then $object.controls.step($para)

(181,75) : error: missing separator character before keyword

and the cursor is placed after the dot before step($para)

Could anyone explain me what does this error mean, why do I get it while others don't ?

And if anyone has a better idea or has already done it, to embed a video (f4v files, but at least if I could play any other I'd be glad because for the moment I couldn't do it with any video file type with any UDF I tried)


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I corrected the bug, I don't know the reason behind it, maybe latest autoit are more strict than before, the fact is the 'step' is a keyword, as in  'For $i = 0 to 100 step 10' I believe... and that was making the interpreter crying, the answer was to use Eval :

            If $object.controls.isAvailable("step") Then Eval('object.controls.step($para)')
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....but if you point out the problem to those who maintain it (Jos and jpm), it can often be fixed.


This should be fixed already in the Beta version.


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Yep, it's obvious absolutely nothing can be perfect. I was far from guessing where was this error coming from though, thanks to trancexxx I understood now, and if something similar comes up to me another day after checking my code thoroughly I'll be able to think of this solution too, obviously not for this particular interpretation that bothered me today since Jos will fix it (or, has already in the Beta if I get it.. but i'm using the stable release) :-) Thanks.

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