[vlc-devel] Re: Using vlc as a component in another OS X app

Christophe Massiot massiot at via.ecp.fr
Wed Jan 1 15:45:13 CET 2003

At 21:47 +1000 1/01/2003, Greg Hulands wrote :

>I am looking at adding a DVD player component to my application 
>framework and stumbled across vlc.

I suppose you are aware that VLC is under the GNU GPL, which implies 
that if you use it in your application and redistribute it, your 
application must be under a GPL-compatible license as well.

>I have looked over the source for os x and make the following 
>observations: (please correct me if i'm wrong)
>1. When opening a dvd it spawns a VLCWindow which contains a VLCView.
>In my application I would not be able to have a VLCWindow because of 
>the architecture of the application - it only has one window with 
>the notion of screens which navigate to other screens. I would be 
>able to add a VLCView to the view heirarchy by making it the same 
>size as the ScreenView class, so that VLCView can take the whole 
>2. In both the wrapper classes, I cannot find the p_main 
>declaration. Can someone please explain this to me.

p_main is declared in include/main.h. However I understand from your 
question that you are using VLC 0.4.6, which will be phased out soon. 
I suggest that you use the CVS version of VLC (0.5.0), which features 
a full rewrite of the OS X interface.

>1. Is it possible to just use the VLCView and not a VLCWindow in my 

I don't believe it's possible without hacking into the code.

>2. Can vlc be made as a framework that can be linked into my 
>application? It would be good to have it as a framework, so my code 
>is separated from vlc.

We have a project called libvlc which in the end should allow you to 
do that, but I fear it isn't advanced enough yet.

Christophe Massiot.
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