An example showing how to use the widget to play MIDI, MP3, WAV, AU, AVI and MPG audio and video files. I have only tested it with Windows. If you are very ambitious, you could use a random graphics display with the sound, or tie the slider position to a slide presentation.

# experiment with wxPython's
#, id, pos, size, style, backend)
# the backend (szBackend) is usually figured by the control
# plays files with extension .mid .mp3 .wav .au .avi .mpg
# tested with Python24 and wxPython26 on Windows XP   vegaseat  10mar2006

import wx
import os

class Panel1(wx.Panel):
    def __init__(self, parent, id):
        #self.log = log
        wx.Panel.__init__(self, parent, -1, style=wx.TAB_TRAVERSAL|wx.CLIP_CHILDREN)

        # Create some controls
   =, style=wx.SIMPLE_BORDER)
        except NotImplementedError:

        loadButton = wx.Button(self, -1, "Load File")
        self.Bind(wx.EVT_BUTTON, self.onLoadFile, loadButton)
        playButton = wx.Button(self, -1, "Play")
        self.Bind(wx.EVT_BUTTON, self.onPlay, playButton)
        pauseButton = wx.Button(self, -1, "Pause")
        self.Bind(wx.EVT_BUTTON, self.onPause, pauseButton)
        stopButton = wx.Button(self, -1, "Stop")
        self.Bind(wx.EVT_BUTTON, self.onStop, stopButton)

        slider = wx.Slider(self, -1, 0, 0, 0, size=wx.Size(300, -1))
        self.slider = slider
        self.Bind(wx.EVT_SLIDER, self.onSeek, slider)
        self.st_file = wx.StaticText(self, -1, ".mid .mp3 .wav .au .avi .mpg", size=(200,-1))
        self.st_size = wx.StaticText(self, -1, size=(100,-1))
        self.st_len  = wx.StaticText(self, -1, size=(100,-1))
        self.st_pos  = wx.StaticText(self, -1, size=(100,-1))
        # setup the button/label layout using a sizer
        sizer = wx.GridBagSizer(5,5)
        sizer.Add(loadButton, (1,1))
        sizer.Add(playButton, (2,1))
        sizer.Add(pauseButton, (3,1))
        sizer.Add(stopButton, (4,1))
        sizer.Add(self.st_file, (1, 2))
        sizer.Add(self.st_size, (2, 2))
        sizer.Add(self.st_len,  (3, 2))
        sizer.Add(self.st_pos,  (4, 2))
        sizer.Add(, (5,1), span=(5,1))  # for .avi .mpg video files

        self.timer = wx.Timer(self)
        self.Bind(wx.EVT_TIMER, self.onTimer)
    def onLoadFile(self, evt):
        dlg = wx.FileDialog(self, message="Choose a media file",
                            defaultDir=os.getcwd(), defaultFile="",
                            style=wx.OPEN | wx.CHANGE_DIR )
        if dlg.ShowModal() == wx.ID_OK:
            path = dlg.GetPath()
    def doLoadFile(self, path):
        if not
            wx.MessageBox("Unable to load %s: Unsupported format?" % path, "ERROR", wx.ICON_ERROR | wx.OK)
            folder, filename = os.path.split(path)
            self.st_file.SetLabel('%s' % filename)
    def onPlay(self, evt):
    def onPause(self, evt):
    def onStop(self, evt):
    def onSeek(self, evt):
        offset = self.slider.GetValue()

    def onTimer(self, evt):
        offset =
        self.st_size.SetLabel('size: %s ms' %
        self.st_len.SetLabel('( %d seconds )' % (
        self.st_pos.SetLabel('position: %d ms' % offset)

app = wx.PySimpleApp()
# create a window/frame, no parent, -1 is default ID
frame = wx.Frame(None, -1, "play audio and video files", size = (320, 350))
# call the derived class
Panel1(frame, -1)

heya, this is a reli good piece of work, but im having a bit of a problem.. the actual video doesn't appear when i pressed play, only the sound was playing, but if I resize the window (like dragging the edge to stretch the window), the video displays straight away... did this happen to anyone else? Is this possibly a bug with the new python 2.6? Any suggestions/advices on how to fix this?
Thanks ever so much :)

ya the play problem is with me too
were u able to fix it? if yes how?
may b some problem with size i guess

n about slider

slider = wx.Slider(self, -1, 0,0.0001,3000, pos=(120,680), style = wx.SL_HORIZONTAL | wx.SL_LABELS, size = (400, -1))

is working well, just dont write 0,0,0 as 3rd , fourth n fifth aurgument.. and 5th onle shud b long enuf till length of ur video!

The player seems to be working fine for me in Ubuntu 12.04 but the video looks upside down!

wxMediaCtrl uses native backends to render media,
for example on Windows there is a ActiveMovie/DirectShow backend,
and on Macintosh there is a QuickTime backend

backend options:.

wx.MEDIABACKEND_GSTREAMER    for linux/unix


I used this code for my project at the university but I am unable to play some videos even though they are .avi format!

Is there any bug that i should resolve for this ?

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