How to transition between media clips

How to transition between media clips (HTML)

[This article is for Windows 8.x and Windows Phone 8.x developers writing Windows Runtime apps. If you’re developing for Windows 10, see the latest documentation]

This topic describes a way of ensuring smooth transitions between video or audio clips by having at least two media elements and alternating between them. The media tag in the foreground can play the current media stream, while the other tag can preload the next stream in the background.

If the media clips are part of a playlist, a Windows Runtime app using JavaScript will need to manage the playlist, parse the playlist, and pass each individual source to the video or audio tag for playback.

Switching to the Next Track

Here is an example script that alternates between media elements.



var audioPlayList = ['01.mp3', '02.mp3'];
var currentTrack = 0;
var trackBeingCued = false;

var currAudioTag;
var nextAudioTag;

function initTags() {
    currAudioTag = document.getElementById("audio1");
    nextAudioTag = document.getElementById("audio2");
    currAudioTag.addEventListener("ended", SwitchToNextTrack);
    nextAudioTag.addEventListener("ended", SwitchToNextTrack);
}


function CueNextTrack() {
    if (trackBeingCued) return;
    nextAudioTag.src = audioPlayList[(currentTrack + 1) % audioPlayList.length];
    trackBeingCued = true;
}

function SwitchToNextTrack() {
    initTags();
    trackBeingCued = false;
    var tmp = currAudioTag;
    currAudioTag = nextAudioTag;
    nextAudioTag = tmp;
    currAudioTag.play();
    currentTrack = currentTrack + 1;
    CueNextTrack();
}


 

 

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