When podcast videos or youtube videos or flash videos play, what app is behind that?

I'd like to be able to use that script/app to as a trigger for tasker to do something whenever ANY video is playing.

I don't want to make the apps a trigger because sometimes when apps like YouTube you are just browsing and not watching any video. I want to make a trigger when the media is actually playing.

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You were assuming State → Hardware → Media Button coming close to your wishes – but No: That event triggers when One of the media buttons is pressed, as the name suggests, not when a video/media is played.

When looking for a fitting Tasker trigger, the only thing coming close to it is checking the %MTRACK variable, but that only works for some audio players. To extend that, you can use some Tasker addons as e.g. Wave Control or Media Utilities – but again, according to their descriptions they seem to work for audio only.

I'm not aware of any possibility to achieve this with Tasker; but feel free to check out my Collection of Tasker Resources, maybe one of the many tutorials mentions anything I overlooked, or one of the addons got updated in this regard.

  • Right! Whenever any video or audio is being played, something is connecting its audio to the speakers. There is a global media stream for audio at least and if that could be used as a trigger, that would be awesome. And yes Media Utilities is spotty in its effectiveness. Mar 5, 2014 at 0:53

There isn't a single app or script that runs for all videos. Some video support is built into the Android framework, and each app also have its own logic for playing videos.

  • I noticed in tasker "state -> hardware -> media button" this is probably close to what I'm looking for. Some way to figure our when a video was played. Mar 4, 2014 at 14:37
  • After some testing that was a no go either. I guess the best way is to check if youtube is launched in landscape mode. That is generally how i view media. It's disappointing that there isn't a better way to do this. Mar 4, 2014 at 14:50
  • @JoshuaRobison I don't know of any OS that has a hook for "anything on the system is playing video". It would require all the apps to co-operate and, if you don't mind me saying, isn't a widespread need.
    – Dan Hulme
    Mar 4, 2014 at 14:53

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