mPlayer is a simple Windows Phone 7 Media Player with support for Video and Audio content with Playback indicator and Volume control.

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Step 1

Start Microsoft Visual Studio 2010 Express for Windows Phone, then Select File then New Project... Select "Visual C#" then "Silverlight for Windows Phone" and then "Windows Phone Application" from Templates, select a Location if you wish, then enter a name for the Project and then click OK, see below:

New Project

Step 2

A Windows Phone application Page named MainPage.xaml should then appear, see below:


Step 3

Right Click on the Entry for the Project in the Solution Explorer and choose "Add" then "New Folder", and give it the Name "images" (without quotes), see below:

Project Images Folder

Step 4

Download the following images (play.png & stop.png) by right-clicking on the images below and choose "Save Picture As..." or "Save Image As..." and Save them to a Folder on your computer:

Play Application Bar Icon Stop Application Bar Icon

Step 5

Right Click on the Entry for the "image" Folder for the Project in Solution Explorer, and choose "Add", then "Existing Item...", then in the "Add Existing Item" dialog select Folder you saved the images, then choose "Add" to add play.png and stop.png to the images folder in the project, see below:

Project Images Folder with Images

Step 6

While still in the Solution Explorer click on the "play.png" image then goto the Properties box and change the Build Action to Content, do the same for the "stop.png" image, see below:

Image Properties

Step 7

Select the "MainPage.xaml" Tab if not already selected then in the XAML Pane for MainPage.xaml, <Grid x:Name="LayoutRoot" Background="Transparent"> line type the following ApplicationBar XAML:

  <shell:ApplicationBar IsVisible="True" IsMenuEnabled="False">
      <shell:ApplicationBarIconButton Text="play" IconUri="/images/play.png" Click="Play_Click"/>
      <shell:ApplicationBarIconButton Text="stop" IconUri="/images/stop.png" Click="Stop_Click"/>

See below:

ApplicationBar XAML

Step 8

While still in the in XAML Pane between the <Grid x:Name="ContentGrid" Grid.Row="1"> and </Grid> lines type the following XAML:

<Grid x:Name="ContentMain">
    <RowDefinition Height="80"/>
    <RowDefinition Height="*"/>
    <RowDefinition Height="80"/>
  <Grid x:Name="Toolbar" Grid.Row="0">
      <ColumnDefinition Width="*"/>
      <ColumnDefinition Width="Auto"/>
    <!-- Toolbar -->
  <!-- Content -->
  <Grid x:Name="Playback" Grid.Row="2">
      <ColumnDefinition Width="*"/>
      <ColumnDefinition Width="120"/>
    <!-- Playback -->


MainPage XAML Pane


MainPage Design View

Step 9

Then from the Windows Phone Controls section in the Toolbox select the TextBox control:

TextBox Control

Step 10

Draw a TextBox onto the Toolbar Section (upper smaller section) of the Grid on the Page, below the Page Title, and in the XAML Pane below the <!-- Toolbar --> line, change "TextBox1" to the following:

<TextBox Grid.Column="0" Name="Location">
      <InputScopeName NameValue="Url"/>

See below:

MainPage with Location TextBox

Step 11

Then from the Windows Phone Controls section in the Toolbox select the Button control:

Button Control

Step 12

Draw a Button onto the Toolbar Section by dragging the Button from the Toolbox onto the Toolbar section of the Grid on the Page, then in the XAML Pane change the "Button1" line to the following:

<Button Grid.Column="1" Content="go" Click="Go_Click"/>

See below:

MainPage with Button

Step 13

Then from the Windows Phone Controls section in the Toolbox select the Slider control:

Slider Control

Step 14

Draw two Sliders on the Playback Section (the lower smaller section) of the Grid on the Page by dragging the Sliders from the Toolbox onto the Playback section of the Page, then in the XAML pane change the "<Slider>" lines to the following:

<Slider Grid.Column="0" Minimum="0" Name="Position"/>
<Slider Grid.Column="1" Minimum="0" Maximum="1" Value="0.5"
Name="Volume" ValueChanged="Volume_ValueChanged"/>

See below:

MainPage with Sliders

Step 15

Then from the Windows Phone Controls section in the Toolbox select the MediaElement control:

MediaElement Control

Step 16

Draw a MediaElement on the largest section of the Grid on the Page (Content) by dragging a MediaElement onto the Content section of the Page then in the XAML Pane change the "<MediaElement>" line to the following:

<MediaElement Grid.Row="1" Stretch="Uniform" Name="Player"/>

See below:

MainPage with MediaElement

Step 17

While still in the Designer View for MainPage.xaml, Select the "Page Name" TextBlock (PageTitle) and then Delete or Right-Click and Choose the Delete option so the MainPage.xaml appears as below:

MainPage with textBlockListTitle Removed

Step 18

Right Click on the Page or the entry for "MainPage.xaml" in Solution Explorer and choose the "View Code" option. In the Code View above "namespace mPlayer" type the following:

using System.Windows.Threading;

Also in the CodeView above "public MainPage()" type the following declarations:

DispatcherTimer _position = new DispatcherTimer();

See Below:

MainPage Include and Declarations

Step 19

While still in the Code View for MainPage.xaml.cs in the "public MainPage()" Constructor below "InitializeComponent();" type the following:

ApplicationTitle.Text = "mPLAYER";
Player.MediaOpened += (object s, RoutedEventArgs args) =>
  // Media Opened Event
  Position.Maximum = (int)Player.NaturalDuration.TimeSpan.TotalMilliseconds;
Player.MediaEnded += (object s, RoutedEventArgs args) =>
  // Media Ended Event
Player.CurrentStateChanged += (object s, RoutedEventArgs args) =>
  // Media State Changed Event
  if (Player.CurrentState == MediaElementState.Playing)
_position.Tick += (object s, EventArgs args) =>
  // Position Tick Event
  Position.Value = (int)Player.Position.TotalMilliseconds;

See Below:

MainPage Constructor

Step 20

While still the Code View for MainPage.xaml.cs above "public MainPage()" type the following Event Handlers:

private void Go_Click(object sender, RoutedEventArgs e)
  Player.Source = new Uri(Location.Text, UriKind.Absolute);

private void Volume_ValueChanged(object sender, RoutedPropertyChangedEventArgs<double> e)
  if (Volume != null)
    Player.Volume = (double)Volume.Value;

private void Play_Click(object sender, EventArgs e)
  if (Player.CurrentState == MediaElementState.Playing)

private void Stop_Click(object sender, EventArgs e)

See Below:

MainPage Event Handlers

Step 21

Save the Project as you have now finished the Windows Phone Silverlight application. Select the Windows Phone Emulator option then Select Debug then Start Debugging or click on Start Debugging:

Start Debugging

After you do, the following will appear in the Windows Phone Emulator after it has been loaded:

Application Running

Step 22

Tap the TextBox and enter in the web address of a Video such as then click on the "go" button, when loaded the Video will start playing, see below:


Step 23

You can then Stop the application by selecting the Visual Studio 2010 application window and clicking on the Stop Debugging button:

Stop Debugging

This is a simple Media Player, try adding more features such as Fast Forward or Rewind or the ablity to change the Playback Position using the Position Slider - make it your own!


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