Time v3.2 Original

VLC Extensions

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Description:

Time is VLC Extension that displays running time on the screen in a playing video.
(Extension script "time_ext.lua" + Interface script "time_intf.lua")
Features:
- supported tags: [E], [Efps], [D], [R], [T], [O], [P], [n], [_];
- 9 possible positions on the screen;
- elapsed time with milliseconds;
- playback speed rate taken into account for duration time;

Time v3.1+ (intf)
Simple instructions:
1) "time_ext.lua" > Copy the VLC Extension Lua script file into \lua\extensions\ folder;
2) "time_intf.lua" > Copy the VLC Interface Lua script file into \lua\intf\ folder;
3) Start the Extension in VLC menu "View > Time v3.x (intf)" on Windows/Linux or "Vlc > Extensions > Time v3.x (intf)" on Mac and configure the Time interface to your liking.

Alternative activation of the Interface script:
* The Interface script can be activated from the CLI (batch script or desktop shortcut icon):
vlc.exe --extraintf=luaintf --lua-intf=time_intf
* VLC preferences for automatic activation of the Interface script:
Tools > Preferences > Show settings=All > Interface >
> Main interfaces: Extra interface modules [luaintf]
> Main interfaces > Lua: Lua interface [time_intf]

INSTALLATION location \lua\extensions\ for an Extension script (Create directory if it does not exist! Then Interface script in \lua\intf\):
* Windows (all users): %ProgramFiles%\VideoLAN\VLC\lua\extensions\
* Windows (current user): %APPDATA%\VLC\lua\extensions\
* Linux (all users): /usr/lib/vlc/lua/extensions/
* Linux (current user): ~/.local/share/vlc/lua/extensions/
* Mac OS X (all users): /Applications/VLC.app/Contents/MacOS/share/lua/extensions/
* Mac OS X (current user): /Users/%your_name%/Library/Application Support/org.videolan.vlc/lua/extensions/

Forum: https://forum.videolan.org/viewtopic.php?f=29&t=97639

Last changelog:

v3.2 (intf) (27.8.2018) 5 months ago

- option to disable milliseconds in elapsed time
- option to show system/ending time in "h:m" format

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mederi

6 months ago

Are you sure if you just use the integer value "1" instead of "0.1" on the line 49: "Sleep(1)", that you get an error on the same line and not on a different one?
Could this error mean a locale issue and so not appearing on all Macs only on some of them, a decimal separator issue? What happens if you replace dot by comma in numbers (like 0.1 --> 0,1)?

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pablo_kks

6 months ago

"What happens if you replace dot by comma in numbers (like 0.1 --> 0,1)" – well... it's working!!! THANK YOU SO MUCH FOR YOUR PATIENCE, finally i can enjoy your lovely extension

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pablo_kks

6 months ago

Ok not there yet... it's partly working, only when I am launching VLC from the terminal using the command which you gave me.(/Applications/VLC.app/Contents/MacOS/VLC --verbose=2 --file-logging --logfile=vlc_log.txt --extraintf=luaintf --lua-intf=looper_intf)
Any ideas how to turn it permanent?

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mederi

6 months ago

The extension script "time_ext.lua" installed in "\lua\extensions\" and available in VLC menu can help you to set appropriate VLC settings on its first run only (VLC > Extensions > Time v3 (intf)). Next time it is available in the extensions's submenu after activation of the extension (VLC > Extensions > Time v3 (intf) > Settings). I hope it works. I need to improve this so it could always appear automatically if the interface script is not active. Otherwise you can set the settings ("luaintf", "looper_intf") manually in VLC preferences as described in some previous post here and in the main description (**) of the extension. Plese let me know whether it works. Thank you for cooperation. I will need your further assistance.

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pablo_kks

6 months ago

I was managed to activate it by typing "luaintf" in Tools > Preferences > Show settings=All > Interface \
\ Main interfaces: "Extra interface modules" text box and looper_intf in \ Main interfaces \ Lua: "Lua interface" text box but it is unstable. It is working when launching VLC, but has a problems with subtitles (showing only some of the lines) and after switching to another video add-on stops working completely and VLC its not showing any subtitles at all. Same every time I am launching VLC.

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pablo_kks

6 months ago

Same when launching VLC through terminal, add-on working only with first video, but causing problem with subtitles, with next video add-on is not working at all, neither the subtitles

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mederi

6 months ago

Does the Extension not work ( VLC > Extensions > Time: 2 dialog boxes: Settings and Control panel)?
Please try to edit the original Interface script "looper_intf.lua" and insert a following new line somewhere on the top whether it helps to recognize the dot in numbers as decimal separator:
os.setlocale("C", "all")

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pablo_kks

6 months ago

With "os.setlocale("C", "all")" in the interface script add-on seems to be working 100% correctly! :) I don't know only what you mean by this "settings", in VLC > extensions > I only have "Time v3 (intf)" and my another extension VLsub, I don't have any "settings and control panel". Could you clarify?

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mederi

6 months ago

I am glad we have the solution for the Interface script.

As for the Extension script, does the "Time v3 (intf)" dialog box window like in the picture at the top of the page here appear on the screen? It is the control panel for the running Interface script. Does it work? Can you customize the "Time format" during the playback of a video and is it remembered when you close VLC and play a video next time? You can watch messages for any errors/warnings (⌘+Shift+m, verbosity level 2=debug) when you click the "START!" button there.
Then if the "Time v3 (intf)" dialog box window is on the screen, do not close it and check again the VLC menu where you activated the Extension. Now the Extension "Time v3 (intf) > ..." should contain submenu consisting of "Control panel", "Settings" and "Deactivate" options. Here you can activate the "Settings" dialog box containing "[v] Enable Interface" checkbox, "[looper_intf]" input field and the buttons: "SAVE" and "CANCEL". The saving button should set the settings automatically for you. Please again watch the messages when you click it.
The "Settings" dialog box should automatically appear only on the very first activation of the Extension. Next time whenever you activate the Extension, only the "Control panel" should appear on the screen and the "Settings" are again available in Extension's submenu in VLC menu (VLC > Extensions > Time v3 (intf) > Settings). Is there any sumbenu at all after activation of the Extension when there is a dialog box on the screen?

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pablo_kks

6 months ago

Yes, Time v3 (intf) is the control panel and appears when I click it just like on the screen on this page, and it works fine, I can customize it whenever I want and it saves configuration for the next time I am lunching VLC, so like I sad I can fully enjoy add-on now thanks to that line you gave me added to interface script and activation made manually in VLC preferences. I don't see any errors in this "⌘+Shift+m" panel when I am clicking "START!". I am not sure what you mean by "verbosity level 2=debug" should I see it on this panel or type it somewhere? I still only have "time v3 (intf)" in vlc > extensions without any submenu and I am not following you how to activate this submenu

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mederi

6 months ago

So there is no extension's menu in VLC menu after activation of the extension on Mac. VLSub extension also uses the menu, but it has "Show help" and "Show config" button to acces another 2 dialog boxes. Then I will add the "Settings" button in my extension, too. Here I have uploaded a screenshots of VLC so you can see what I mean:
http://postimg.cz/images/xTAsF.png
Do you really not remember the "Settings" dialog box when you first activated the extension right after its installation? Please edit the extension scipt "time_ext.lua", last line (145) "bt_help = ..." within "function create_dialog() ... end" and insert next 2 new lines there for "Reset" and "Settings" buttons:
dlg:add_button("Reset", function() vlc.config.set("bookmark10", "") end,1,5,1,1)
dlg:add_button("Settings", function() trigger_menu(2) end,2,5,1,1)
Then activate the extension, click the "Reset" button, then close and reopen VLC and see whether there will automatically appear the "Settings" dialog box after activation of the extension. Please test it whether it works to enable/disable the Interface script.

As for the messages, here is the screenshot (Windows Vista):
http://postimg.cz/images/xTTAH.png
I searched the VLC forum for Mac:
https://forum.videolan.org/viewtopic.php?f=12&t=122697
So probably you do not need to worry about the messages verbosity level at all. If you see the debugging logs there (main debug: ..., lua debug: ...), then it is the verbosity level 2 (debug). If you launch VLC from the terminal, then you can use the VLC option " --verbose=2" or " -vvv" there. You can open the messages window before activation of the extension and then you can watch all the situation there.

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pablo_kks

6 months ago

As I remember after transferring the files into right directions I only had Time v3 (intf) in VLC -> extensions and thats it, I could lunch it but, nothing happened after clicking "START!", which I mention in the very beginning of this conversation and fortunately you figured out why. After adding new lines I have two "Time v3 (intf)"'s in VLC ->extensions, the first one like it was before, and second one with additional buttons. After clicking reset and relaunching VLC the extension is disabled and after clicking this second "Time v3 (intf)" (with two additional buttons) I have a settings screen first. Everything is working properly, only thing is that I have two "Time v3 (intf)"'s in VLC -> extension. How to remove the first one? (purely for esthetic reasons)

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pablo_kks

6 months ago

nevermind, after restarting whole preferences I have one time v3 with additional buttons, everything is working :)

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mederi

6 months ago

Now I can prepare an update. Thank you for cooperation.
Next I would like to ask you to test also my another extension "Jump to time (Previous frame)" on your Mac. There I have implemented a (sub-)menu, too. Closing the "Jump to time (Previous frame) v3" dialog box does not deactivate the extension, it is only hidden and ready to be shown again in extension's menu ("Show dialog", "Help", "Deactivate") in VLC menu on Windows/Linux. Thanks.

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mederi

6 months ago

Hi pablo_kks! Please test the new Time v3.1: https://addons.videolan.org/p/1255145/

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GregoireLeGrand

10 months ago

I like this add-on. Can I use it from commandline in a python script? I am working on a simple audiobook player for use by a blind person. I want to save position in the book and resume it later. Best wishes

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neokix

1 year ago

Love this script. I'm glad I can use it with VLC v3.0!!

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NeM

1 year ago

Mederi - Thank you for the reset preferences suggestion. The issue is gone now.

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NeM

1 year ago

Excellent extension

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NeM

1 year ago

Thanks mederi for releasing v3 for VLC 3 but I still see a minor issue. Could you check if it is just me or everyone else too? Steps to reproduce it:
Time format used: E:[O] -[R] [E]/[D]
1) open video
2) press f to enter fullscreen
3) press a to cycle through the aspect ratios settings
4) The time appears in center of the screen with a big black square background covering most of the video when it runs in these ratio settings: Default, 16:9, 4:3, 1:1, 16:10 and 5:4
5) The time appears correctly with no issues in these ratio settings: 2.21:1, 2.35:1, 2.39:1
6) The time appears correctly with no issues when video is not in fullscreen and in all aspect ratio settings.

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mederi

1 year ago

I cannot reproduce the issue. I have no problem here with default settings in VLC 3 (win32.7z package, portable - "portable" subfolder within vlc folder). Try to reset preferences. What OS, VLC version? You could further investigate the issue: video format, different video output module, enable/disable hardware acceleration, check the logs. You can wait for VLC 3.0.1 whether it gets better or not. Then probably you need to file a bugreport at https://trac.videolan.org/vlc

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NeM

1 year ago

Extension has stopped working correctly with VLC 3.0.0

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mederi

1 year ago

Fixed for VLC 3.

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lukkysv

1 year ago

Hi Mederi,
Many thanks for the plugin. Works like a charm for me on the latest version of VLC v2.2.6.

Want to bring to your attention, I was also using "VLC remote" by hobbyist software (https://hobbyistsoftware.com/vlc). I use it primarily to be able to control my VLC player for play/pause/playlist management etc. To my surprise, this suddenly stopped recognizing my VLC on my mobile(remote). I tried resetting preferences, and re-installing multiple times. But, with no luck. If Time 2.1 is installed, then "VLC remote" is not working, and if i run the "VLC remote helper", then Time v2.1 is not working.

Any insights for my enlightenment when you get some time here. Much appreciated.

Thanks again.. Nice work though.

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mederi

1 year ago

Please check manually the enabled interfaces in VLC preferences (https://hobbyistsoftware.com/VLCSetup-win-manual) where the "[v] Web" is checked (on the first picture) and also the "[v] Lua interpreter" for the custom interface script of Time (the second picture: "Lua interface [looper_intf]" instead of "dummy"), so there are [luaintf:http] in the text input field there ("lua" is wrong, it must be "luaintf" string!). Please let me know.

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v3.2 (intf) (27.8.2018) 5 months ago

- option to disable milliseconds in elapsed time
- option to show system/ending time in "h:m" format

v3.1 (intf) (19.8.2018) 5 months ago

- fixed numeric locale issue on Mac
- VLC version detection so the script works also in older VLC versions
- auto-format time (s > m:s > h:m:s > D/h:m:s)
- percentage playback position tag [P]
- always show "Settings" dialog box for disabled interface script
- respect other enabled VLC interfaces when saving settings
- "Settings" button in "Control panel" dialog box
- ">STOPPED<" status in title bar
- "looper_intf.lua" script file renamed to "time_intf.lua"

v3.0 (intf) (11.2.2018) 66127 1 year ago

- fixed time in microseconds for VLC 3;

v2.1 (intf) (5.9.2016) 58019 2 years ago

- fixed several bugs in Interface script;

old (before changes on this portal in September 2016) 6 years ago

v2.0 (intf) (28.4.2016) 53798
- resurrection attempt;
- Interface script "looper_intf.lua" + Extension script "time_ext.lua";
- new tags [Efps]-elapsed frames (et*fps), [n]-name, [_]-new/next line;
- elapsed time with milliseconds;
- playback speed rate taken into account for duration time;

v1.0 (19.3.2012)
- works in VLC 2.0.x;
- supported tags: [E]-elapsed time, [D]-duration, [R]-remaining time, [T]-system time, [O]-over/ending time;

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