Play/Pause Multiple MediaViews With One Controller JavaFX FXML

At the moment I have a single scene with multiple mediaviews, each with their own play and pause buttons, in fxml. I was wondering if there is a way to play/pause which ever mediaview had its button clicked without making a play/pause controller for each mediaview. Below is an example of the tedious way that I do not wish do it with.


<StackPane alignment="CENTER"> <MediaView fx:id="mediaView" styleClass="mediaView"> <mediaPlayer> <MediaPlayer fx:id="mediaPlayer" autoPlay="false"> <media> <Media source="@../vid/vid1.mp4"/> </media> </MediaPlayer> </mediaPlayer> </MediaView> <Button fx:id="btn_play1" onAction="#handlePlay1" alignment="CENTER" styleClass="btn_play"/> <Button fx:id="btn_pause1" onAction="#handlePause1" alignment="CENTER" styleClass="btn_pause" visible="false"/> </StackPane> <StackPane alignment="CENTER"> <MediaView fx:id="mediaView2" styleClass="mediaView"> <mediaPlayer> <MediaPlayer fx:id="mediaPlayer2" autoPlay="false"> <media> <Media source="@../vid/vid2.mp4"/> </media> </MediaPlayer> </mediaPlayer> </MediaView> <Button fx:id="btn_play2" onAction="#handlePlay2" alignment="CENTER" styleClass="btn_play"/> <Button fx:id="btn_pause2" onAction="#handlePause2" alignment="CENTER" styleClass="btn_pause" visible="false"/>

The controller

@FXML private void handlePause1(ActionEvent event) throws IOException { mediaPlayer.pause(); btn_pause1.setVisible(false); btn_play1.setVisible(true); } @FXML private void handlePlay1(ActionEvent event) throws IOException {; btn_play1.setVisible(false); btn_pause1.setVisible(true); mediaActive = true; } @FXML private void handlePause2(ActionEvent event) throws IOException { mediaPlayer1.pause(); btn_pause2.setVisible(false); btn_play2.setVisible(true); } @FXML private void handlePlay2(ActionEvent event) throws IOException {; btn_play2.setVisible(false); btn_pause2.setVisible(true); mediaActive = true; }

-------------Problems Reply------------

Consider creating a custom component for your media view with buttons.

The basic idea looks like

package application;


import javafx.beans.NamedArg;
import javafx.fxml.FXML;
import javafx.fxml.FXMLLoader;
import ;
import javafx.scene.control.Button;
import javafx.scene.layout.StackPane;

public class ControlledMediaView extends StackPane {

private MediaPlayer mediaPlayer ;

private Button playButton ;

private Button pauseButton ;

public ControlledMediaView(@NamedArg("mediaURL") String mediaURL) throws IOException {
FXMLLoader loader = new FXMLLoader(getClass().getResource("ControlledMediaView.fxml"));
loader.getNamespace().put("mediaURL", mediaURL);

public void initialize() {

private void pause() {

private void play() {;

public ReadOnlyObjectProperty<MediaPlayer.Status> statusProperty() {
return mediaPlayer.statusProperty();

public final MediaPlayer.Status getStatus() {
return statusProperty().get();


With ControlledMediaView.fxml (in the same package):

<?xml version="1.0" encoding="UTF-8"?>

<?import javafx.scene.layout.StackPane?>

<fx:root xmlns:fx="" type="StackPane">
<MediaView fx:id="mediaView" styleClass="mediaView">
<MediaPlayer fx:id="mediaPlayer" autoPlay="false">
<Media source="${mediaURL}" />

<Button fx:id="playButton" onAction="#play" alignment="CENTER" styleClass="btn_play" />
<Button fx:idf="pauseButton" onAction="#pause" alignment="CENTER" styleClass="btn_pause" />

Then your main FXML can do

<?xml version="1.0" encoding="UTF-8"?>

<?import application.ControlledMediaView?>

<!-- ... -->

<ControlledMediaView mediaURL="@../vid/vid1.mp4"/>
<ControlledMediaView mediaURL="@../vid/vid2.mp4"/>

<!-- ... -->

You may need to work a little to make sure the URLs are being communicated correctly; also if you want to use SceneBuilder you need to package ControlledMediaView and its FXML into a jar file and import it to SceneBuilder.

Category:java Views:4 Time:2018-05-14

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