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How do I play a video in MATLAB?

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I need a way to start playing a video in fullscreen, without the user having to deal with the video player UI. I'm trying to do this:
video = 'path\to\my\video.avi';
videoReader = VideoReader(video);
fps = get(videoReader, 'FrameRate');
disp(fps); % the fps is correct: it's the same declared in the video file properties
currAxes = axes;
while hasFrame(videoReader)
vidFrame = readFrame(videoReader);
image(vidFrame, 'Parent', currAxes);
currAxes.Visible = 'off';
The problem is that the video does not play at the correct speed: it seems slower and not smooth. Also, I need audio as well. What's the correct way to play a video in MATLAB without exposing the player UI to the user?
Thank you in advance for your help. :)

Accepted Answer

Dinesh Iyer
Dinesh Iyer on 28 Oct 2015
MATLAB has no mechanism to play both and video from a video. There have been suggestions about using:
  • MMPLAY which is a user submission
  • Use VLC Player's ActiveX plugin within a MATLAB GUI.
Federico Aliprandi
Federico Aliprandi on 2 Nov 2015
Thank you for your answer: mmplay works! Do you know if it's possible not to stop the MATLAB program execution while mmplay is playing the video? Thanks again!
Khaled Abdellatif
Khaled Abdellatif on 25 Mar 2020
can one use mmplay not for fullscreen? it does not work without fullscreen option

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More Answers (3)

Image Analyst
Image Analyst on 28 Oct 2015
Try this:
Image Analyst
Image Analyst on 28 Apr 2016
If you have Windows, you can use the Windows Media Player:
RAVI GIRI on 14 May 2019
Thank you so much!

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Sk Sahariyaz Zaman
Sk Sahariyaz Zaman on 28 Apr 2016
sebas on 5 May 2018
Thank's for your example code, was very helpfull for me. One question... if you need to aply some image processing tecnique in each frame, which would be the best part of the code to do that?
Image Analyst
Image Analyst on 5 May 2018
I have an example for that, attached.

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Simon Weber
Simon Weber on 16 Sep 2019
There's an easy way to play videos with sound using the Psychtoolbox.
Check out:
For the quickest way possible just type

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