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akjohnston
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.Net or similar API?

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Hi,

I'm using Handbrake under Windows 10 (64-bit). I currently have a VB.Net Forms program which manages my files, and calls Handbrake CLI to do the conversions. However I'd like to convert this into a Windows service so that it will run silently and works whether the PC is logged in or not.

Does Handbrake expose a .Net API which I could use to call it directly from my service rather than via the CLI?

Thanks
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s55
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Re: .Net or similar API?

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There is no formal API but the Windows UI is C# .NET and it wraps the native hb.dll so you could hack something around that. Noting that it's not treated as an API so the code could wildly change between versions :)
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You could use libhb.dll like vidcoder does.
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mduell, Windows UI has been using hb.dll for years. It has no CLI involvement. Works exactly the same as vidcoder as it's using the same C# wrapper code that is maintained out of our repos.
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Sounds like hb.dll should do the job. I'll look into it. Thanks all.
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Hi. I'm falling at the first fence. I've tried adding hb.dll as a reference/dependency to both a VB.Net project using the .Net Framework (4.8), and to a C# project using .Net 6.0, but neither works.

Is there a trick to this? What version of .Net do I need to use in the wrapper project?

If I need to call it as an unmanaged API, does anyone have example code?

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s55 wrote: Tue Apr 23, 2024 7:50 pm mduell, Windows UI has been using hb.dll for years. It has no CLI involvement. Works exactly the same as vidcoder as it's using the same C# wrapper code that is maintained out of our repos.
I didn't say it had any CLI involvement.
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