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Old 09-03-2006, 06:09 PM   #1
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VLC control via remote control?

I suppose it wouldn't be extremely difficult to map keybindings in VLC to remote commands and then use something like irexec to interface with VLC.

However, I run MythTV, and typically launch my video player (mplayer) from within MythVideo, and use native LIRC support from mplayer; so I'm not sure how irexec events would interract with MythTV (whereas with mplayer it's native support so I don't have to worry about that).

So, in a nutshell:

Does VLC have native LIRC support? If so, can anyone point me to a doc on how to use it? If not, has anyone used a remote control with VLC through something like irexec, and do you have any pointers?


Old 09-03-2006, 07:59 PM   #2
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Answering my own question:

Yes, there is a (less than desirably documented) LIRC interface for VLC. It doesn't use the typical key binding terms of "play" but rather a slightly cryptic term of "key-play". For Gentoo folks (and I'm sure anyone else who ensures their VLC is compiled with LIRC support) there is a Gentoo wiki entry that I found that was really helpful:

Anyway, hope that helps someone who comes across this thread



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