You must have come across a couple of Silverlight media players on the internet. Here are some cool features that I have given in mine:
- Full screen mode
- Vertical sliding menu in normal mode
- Horizontal sliding menu in full screen mode
- Standard control panel
- Drag n Drop play from menu in normal mode
Moreover, I have used basic Silverlight features like animation using storyboards, Silverlight user controls, media element, control transforms, gradient brushes and LINQ for data access. So it's a good example for Silverlight beginners to start with.
NOTE: I have not included the video files with the demo application attached with the article because of large file sizes. But you can use any Silverlight compatible media format files that are given on the MSDN site:
Supported Media Formats, Protocols, and Log Fields
Sys.InvalidOperationException: MediaError error #3001 in control 'Xaml':AG_E_INVALID_FILE_FORMAT (do not start pulling your hair, try different files :))
You can add your video files in the ClientBin folder of the web application MediaPlayerLive in the attached demo application.
And for this demo to work, you would need to have Silverlight 2.0 and Windows media player 10 or above installed your machine.
Another common error related to mediaelement control is:
Sys.InvalidOperationException: MediaError error #4001 in control 'Xaml':AG_E_NETWORK_ERROR
This simply means the control cannot find the source specified.
I have used a simple data.xml file for storing the list of video files.
<video id="0" vid="demo.wmv" img="v1.jpg" >
<video id="1" vid="demo2.wmv" img="v2.jpg" >
The class DataAccess.cs does the fetching operation of data from this file. LINQ queries are used to show specific paged data in the sliding menu.
XDocument xDoc = XDocument.Load("Data.xml");
var xVids = from v in xDoc.Descendants("Video") where
v.Attribute("img").Value.Length>0 && v.Attribute("vid").Value.Length>0
img = v.Attribute("img").Value,
vid = v.Attribute("vid").Value,
id = v.Attribute("id").Value
This example should be a good sandbox to build your custom features around this standard media player. I would also be posting updates to this player soon.
- 4th April, 2009: Initial version