Playing video within stacks on Linux

Alejandro Tejada capellan2000 at
Fri Dec 13 20:54:40 EST 2013

Warren Samples wrote
> Video playback is a mess under Linux.
> We are eagerly awaiting the new 
> multimedia object!
> [snip]

Hi Warren,

What is your experience using shell commands
to control a video player?

This works from the message box:

shell("mplayer -ontop -noborder -geometry 50%:50%  myvideo.mp4")

but I have not found a way to pause, stop, move forward or backward,
change volume, etc, after the movie have started playing.
It´s necessary to wait until the movie plays completely to issue
another shell command... :(

Notice that you could use vlc in the same way, and vlc already
shows all controls inside the video windows, but LiveCode does not
respond to any command until VLC is closed (not simply stopped).

Does exists some way to control with precision these video players
(using shell or other method) within LiveCode?


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