You probably already know VLC. As you might know, and as j-b mentionned in his talk during FOSDEM, «VLC doesn’t exist».
Indeed, VLC is basically a 100 lines wrapper around libvlc. This library is the entry point to another one, libvlccore, which is doing all the heavy lifting by coordinating modules with each other.
libvlc is a public API, and can be used by anyone wishing to add multimedia functionnalities to its application.
While it’s a fairly easy to use API, it contains quite a few things which can be annoying to C++ developers. For instance, non automatic ref-counting, callbacks with raw function pointers, raw C strings, …
In the last few years, VideoLAN had quite a bunch of C++ wrappers. I can count 4 from the top of my head, and a quick search on Google gives out a few more. All have their specificities, advantages, and drawbacks.
Since most of them are not maintained nor they expose the full set of functionalities available within libvlc, j-b and I decided to write one, that will, hopefully, be the “official” one.
You can clone it here: git://git.videolan.org/vlc-bindings/libvlcpp.git
It just has been tagged as 0.1.0-rc1, and is now waiting for applications to use it!
Before showing a quick sample, here’s a quick summary of libvlcpp:
- Automatic VLC objects ref-counting
- Handles events with lambdas
- Header only implementation
- VLC 2.2 full feature parity
Now for a quick example, which is included in the git as the “helloworld” project:
Which is only going to create a new window, and display the video you provided in it.
There’s obviously ways to make things look better, but that will be part of some other example projects :)
As said earlier, this has been tagged as a rc1, so we need some your reviews & comments!
I hope you’ll enjoy using libvlcpp as much as I enjoyed writing it!