Video Playback and Recording

Tizen enables your application to manage video content and provides
control functions for using video resources. To play and record video
files, use the Player (in
applications) and Recorder (in
applications) APIs. Managing video files is very similar to managing
audio content, but it requires more consideration to display the visual

Tizen supports various video formats, including WMV, ASF, MP4, 3GP, AVI,
MKV, and OGG. The available formats depend on the target device.

Playing Video

To play video files stored on the device, use the Player API (in
applications). The Player API also provides interfaces for getting media
content information and controlling media operations, such as play,
pause, resume, and stop.

Video content requires a drawing area for visual display, so you have to
get an overlay region and set it to the player instance to display the
drawing area:

  1. Get the overlay region or Evas from the Graphics module. You can
    display video on a UI layer with the Evas object as well as on an
    overlay layer.
  2. Create the player instance.
  3. Set the surface type and display a handle to the player using the
    player_set_display() function.

The following figure illustrates the player state changes.

Figure: Player state changes

Player state changes

Initializing the Video Player

You can create a player by calling the player_create() function, which
returns a player handle on success. You need the player handle in
setting which files to play and with which configuration. You also have
to register appropriate callback functions to handle notifications about
interruptions, ends, and errors during playback.

To prepare the player for playback, and to define the necessary
callbacks to handle playback events:

  1. To use the data types and functions of the Player API (in
    applications), include the <player.h> header file in your

    #include <player.h>
  2. Define a variable for the player handle, and create the handle:

    struct appdata {
        player_h player;
    typedef struct appdata appdata_s;
    static void
    init_base_player(appdata_s *ad)
        int error_code = 0;
        error_code = player_create(&ad->player);
        if (error_code != PLAYER_ERROR_NONE)
            dlog_print(DLOG_ERROR, LOG_TAG, "failed to create");
           Perform more playback configuration, such as setting callbacks,
           setting the source file URI, and preparing the player
  3. Set configurations, such as the source file URI.

    To set a specific path for video files to play, retrieve the default
    internal storage paths. To access and use internal storage, include
    the <storage.h> header file in your application.

    #include <storage.h>
    #define MP4_SAMPLE "SampleVideo.mp4";
    int internal_storage_id;
    char *video_storage_path = NULL;
    char *video_path = NULL;
    static bool
    storage_cb(int storage_id, storage_type_e type, storage_state_e state, const char *path, void *user_data)
        if (type == STORAGE_TYPE_INTERNAL) {
            internal_storage_id = storage_id;
            return false;
        return true;
        int error_code = 0;
        char *path = NULL;
        error_code = storage_foreach_device_supported(storage_cb, NULL);
        error_code = storage_get_directory(internal_storage_id, STORAGE_DIRECTORY_VIDEOS, &path);
        if (error_code != STORAGE_ERROR_NONE) {
            video_storage_path = strdup(path);
        int path_len = 0;
        path_len = strlen(video_storage_path) + strlen(MP4_SAMPLE) + 1;
        video_path = malloc(path_len);
        memset(video_path, 0x0, path_len);
        strncat(video_path, video_storage_path, strlen(video_storage_path));
        strncat(video_path, MP4_SAMPLE, strlen(MP4_SAMPLE));

    Once the storage path is set, you can specify the video file to play
    using the player_set_uri() function with the player handle:

    error_code = player_set_uri(ad->player, video_path);
    if (error_code != PLAYER_ERROR_NONE)
        dlog_print(DLOG_ERROR, LOG_TAG, "failed to set URI: error code = %d", error_code);
  4. Create UI buttons and add callback functions for your application to
    control the playback:

    static void
    create_base_gui(appdata_s *ad)
        /* Create a window */
        /* Create a button */
        /* Add a callback to the button */
        evas_object_smart_callback_add(button_init, "clicked", init_base_player, ad);
        evas_object_smart_callback_add(button_end, "clicked", release_base_player, ad);
        /* Create an Evas image object for the video surface */
    static void
    app_create(void *data)
        appdata_s *ad = data;
        return true;
  5. Register callback functions.

    To receive notifications, register and define appropriate callback
    functions for interruption, playback ending, and error events:

    • Interruption notifications:

      static void
      _player_interrupted_cb(player_interrupted_code_e code, void *data)
          appdata_s *ad = data;
          player_state_e state;
             All the interrupted_code_e is deprecated since Tizen 3.0
          player_get_state(ad->player, &state);
          dlog_print(DLOG_INFO, LOG_TAG, "current player state = %d", state);
          /* If the state is PLAYER_STATE_PAUSED, update the UI (for example, button) */
      static void
      init_base_player(appdata_s *ad)
          /* Set an interruption callback if the application wants to know the reason */
          error_code = player_set_interrupted_cb(ad->player, _player_interrupted_cb, ad);
          if (error_code != PLAYER_ERROR_NONE)
              dlog_print(DLOG_ERROR, LOG_TAG, "failed to set interrupt cb");
    • End notifications:

      static void
      _player_completed_cb(void *_data)
          dlog_print(DLOG_INFO, LOG_TAG, "Playback End");
      static void
      init_base_player(appdata_s *ad)
          error_code = player_set_completed_cb(ad->player, _player_completed_cb, ad);
          if (error_code != PLAYER_ERROR_NONE)
              dlog_print(DLOG_ERROR, LOG_TAG, "failed to set completed cb");
    • Error notifications:

      static void
      _player_error_cb(int error_code, void *user_data)
          dlog_print(DLOG_ERROR, LOG_TAG, "playback failed, error = %x", error_code);
      static void
      init_base_player(appdata_s *ad)
          error_code = player_set_error_cb(ad->player, _player_error_cb, NULL);
          if (error_code != PLAYER_ERROR_NONE)
              dlog_print(DLOG_ERROR, LOG_TAG, "failed to set error cb");

Managing Video Playback

To manage playback:

  1. Unlike in audio playback, the video player needs a region
    to display. To set the display, use the player_set_display()
    function with the player handle, display type, and display handle.
    After the function has been successfully executed, the player is
    connected to the display. The display handle can be retrieved using
    the GET_DISPLAY() function.

    error_code = player_set_display(ad->player, PLAYER_DISPLAY_TYPE_OVERLAY, GET_DISPLAY(evas_obj));
  2. When the player is created, it is in the PLAYER_STATE_IDLE state.
    To start playback, it must be in the PLAYER_STATE_READY state.

    Get the player ready for playback by calling the player_prepare()
    function, which changes the player state from PLAYER_STATE_IDLE to

    error_code = player_prepare(ad->player);
    if (error_code != PLAYER_ERROR_NONE)
        dlog_print(DLOG_ERROR, LOG_TAG, "failed to prepare player: error code = %d", error_code);
  3. Once the player is ready, start playing the video file using the
    player_start() function. The player state changes to

    error_code = player_start(ad->player);
    if (error_code != PLAYER_ERROR_NONE)
        dlog_print(DLOG_ERROR, LOG_TAG, "failed to start player: error code = %d", error_code);
  4. Stop playback by calling the player_stop() function. The player
    state changes back to PLAYER_STATE_READY.

    By calling the player_pause() function, you can pause playback and
    change the player state to PLAYER_STATE_PAUSED.

Configuring the Video Playback

During video playback, you can manage the display settings – display
mode and display orientation – as needed. Before setting the parameters,
make sure that the player handle has been created, the display set, and
the player started.

To configure the display settings:

  1. Check whether the display is visible.

    If the display is not visible, make it visible using the
    player_set_display_visible() function with true as the second

    bool is_visible;
    error_code = player_is_display_visible(ad->player, &is_visible);
    dlog_print(DLOG_ERROR, LOG_TAG, "player_is_display_visible = %d", error_code);
    if (!is_visible) {
        error_code = player_set_display_visible(ad->player, true);
        dlog_print(DLOG_ERROR, LOG_TAG, "player_set_display_visible = %d", error_code);
  2. Set the display mode.

    The available display modes are defined in the
    player_display_mode_e enumeration (in
    wearable applications).
    Note that the DST ROI mode is deprecated since Tizen 3.0.

    error_code = player_set_display_mode(ad->player, PLAYER_DISPLAY_MODE_FULL_SCREEN);
    dlog_print(DLOG_ERROR, LOG_TAG, "player_set_display_mode = %d", error_code);
  3. Set the display orientation.

    The display orientations are defined in the
    player_display_rotation_e enumeration (in
    wearable applications).

    error_code = player_set_display_rotation(ad->player, PLAYER_DISPLAY_ROTATION_90);
    dlog_print(DLOG_ERROR, LOG_TAG, "player_set_display_mode = %d", error_code);

Terminating the Video Player

When you are finished using the player, release all the resources
allocated to it:

  1. Reset the player by calling the player_unprepare() function, which
    changes the player state to PLAYER_STATE_IDLE.
  2. Destroy the player handle using the player_destroy() function.
error_code = player_stop(ad->player);
error_code = player_unprepare(ad->player);
error_code = player_destroy(ad->player);

if (error_code != PLAYER_ERROR_NONE)
    dlog_print(DLOG_ERROR, LOG_TAG, "fail to destroy player: error code = %d", error_code);

Recording Video

To record video, use the Recorder API (in
applications). The main features of the Recorder API include:

  • Basic recording functionalities: record, stop, pause, cancel, and
  • Setting the maximum recording time and size
  • Controlling the system volume level

The supported formats in video recording are MP4 and 3GP.

The following figure illustrates the general recorder state changes.

Figure: Recorder state changes

Recorder state changes

Initializing the Video Recorder

To prepare the recorder for the recording session, and to define the
necessary callbacks to handle recording events:

  1. To use the data types and functions of the Recorder API (in
    applications), include the <recorder.h> header file in your

    #include <recorder.h>
  2. To initialize the video recorder, configure the camera and video
    recorder, and register callback functions for the event of reaching
    the recording limit.

    Before you start configuring and initializing, define a structure
    for the camera and video recorder handles. This structure contains a
    Boolean variable specifying whether the video recorder is
    switched off.

    #include <camera.h>
    struct recdata {
        bool shutdown;
        recorder_h recorder;
        camera_h camera;
  3. Define configuration values for the camera and the video recorder:

    static const int RECORD_TIME=2;
    static const int RECORD_LIMIT=4;
    static int g_bitrate = 288000;
    static int duration;
    static int playing=0;
    static int ret;
    • Configure the camera.

      Create a handle for the camera using the
      camera_create() function. The parameters are the hardware
      camera to access and the camera handle to be returned. The
      camera state is set as CAMERA_STATE_CREATED.

      static recdata rec_data;
      int error_code = 0;
      rec_data.shutdown = FALSE; = NULL;
      rec_data.recorder = NULL;
      /* Create the camera handle */
      error_code = camera_create(CAMERA_DEVICE_CAMERA0, &;
      if (error_code != CAMERA_ERROR_NONE)
          dlog_print(DLOG_ERROR, LOG_TAG, "fail to create camera: error code = %d", error_code);
    • Configure the video recorder.

      To create a handle for the video recorder, use the
      recorder_create_videorecorder() function with the camera and
      video recorder handles as parameters. The state of the video
      recorder is set as RECORDER_STATE_CREATED.

      /* Create the video recorder handle */
      error_code = recorder_create_videorecorder(, &rec_data.recorder);
      if (error_code != RECORDER_ERROR_NONE)
          dlog_print(DLOG_INFO, LOG_TAG, "fail to create a Video Recorder: error code = %d", error_code);
  4. Register appropriate callback functions to receive notifications
    about recorder state changes or reaching the recording limit:

    /* Set the state change callback for the video recorder */
    error_code = recorder_set_state_changed_cb(rec_data.recorder, on_state_changed_cb, NULL);
    if (error_code != RECORDER_ERROR_NONE)
        dlog_print(DLOG_ERROR, LOG_TAG, "error code = %d", error_code);
    /* Define the change callback for the video recorder */
    static void
    on_state_changed_cb(recorder_state_e previous, recorder_state_e current, bool by_asm, void *data)
        dlog_print(DLOG_DEBUG, LOG_TAG, "_recorder_state_changed_cb (prev: %d, curr: %d)\n", previous, current);
  5. You can set various attributes of video recording, such as video
    codec, file format, file name, encoder bitrate, as well as audio

    • To set the video codec, you need to check first which codecs the
      device supports by calling the
      recorder_foreach_supported_video_encoder() function. The
      possible video codec values are defined in the
      recorder_video_codec_e enumeration (in
      wearable applications).
      Using the returned value and the recorder_set_video_encoder()
      function, you can set the video recorder codec:

      recorder_video_codec_e supported_codec;
      static bool
      _video_encoder_cb(recorder_video_codec_e codec, void *user_data)
          recorder_video_codec_e * supported_codec = (recorder_video_codec_e*)user_data;
          *supported_codec = codec;
          return false;
      error_code = recorder_foreach_supported_video_encoder(rec_data.recorder, _video_encoder_cb, &supported_codec);
      /* Set the video encoder for the video recorder */
      error_code = recorder_set_video_encoder(rec_data.recorder, supported_codec);
    • To set the video encoder bitrate, use the
      recorder_attr_set_video_encoder_bitrate() function:

      /* Set the video encoder bitrate */
      error_code = recorder_attr_set_video_encoder_bitrate(rec_data.recorder, g_bitrate);
    • To set the file format, use the
      recorder_set_file_format() function. Make sure that the file
      format matches the video codec.

      /* Set the file format */
      error_code = recorder_set_file_format(rec_data.recorder, RECORDER_FILE_FORMAT_MP4);
    • To set the file name, use the recorder_set_filename()

      struct tm localtime = {0};
      time_t rawtime = time(NULL);
      char filename[256] = {'\0'};
      size_t size;
      /* Create the file name */
      if (localtime_r(&rawtime, &localtime) != NULL) {
          size = snprintf(filename, sizeof(filename), "%s/%s-%04i-%02i-%02i_%02i:%02i:%02i.mp4",
                          app_get_data_path(), FILENAME_PREFIX,
                          localtime.tm_year + 1900, localtime.tm_mon + 1, localtime.tm_mday,
                          localtime.tm_hour, localtime.tm_min, localtime.tm_sec);
      } else {
          /* Error handling */
      /* Set the full path and file name */
      error_code = recorder_set_filename(rec_data.recorder, filename);
    • To set the audio attributes, such as encoder, encoder bitrate,
      and sample rate, use the recorder_set_audio_encoder(),
      recorder_attr_set_audio_encoder_bitrate(), and
      recorder_attr_set_audio_samplerate() functions, respectively.

Managing Video Recording

When the recorder handle is created, the video recorder is in the
RECORDER_STATE_CREATED state. To start recording, the video recorder
must be in the RECORDER_STATE_READY state.

To manage recording:

  1. Get the recorder ready by calling the recorder_prepare() function,
    which changes the player state from RECORDER_STATE_CREATED to

    error_code = recorder_prepare(rec_data.recorder);
  2. Once the recorder is ready, start video recording using the
    recorder_start() function. The recorder state changes to

    error_code = recorder_start(rec_data.recorder);
  3. In the RECORDER_STATE_RECORDING state, you can pause or stop

    • To pause recording, call the recorder_pause() function that
      changes the recorder state to RECORDER_STATE_PAUSED. In this
      state, you can resume or stop recording. To resume, call the
      recorder_start() function.

      error_code = recorder_pause(rec_data.recorder);
    • You can stop recording either in the RECORDER_STATE_RECORDING
      or RECORDER_STATE_PAUSED state. In stopping recording, you can
      save or discard the recorded data. To save the recorded data,
      use the recorder_commit() function, and to discard, use the
      recorder_cancel() function. Both functions set the video
      recorder state to RECORDER_STATE_READY.

      error_code = recorder_commit(rec_data.recorder);
      /* OR */
      error_code = recorder_cancel(rec_data.recorder);

Terminating the Video Recorder

After you finish video recording, release all the resources allocated to
the video recorder:

  1. Reset the video recorder by calling the recorder_unprepare()
    function, which changes the recorder state from
  2. Release the video recorder resources by calling the
    recorder_destroy() function. The recorder state changes to
error_code = recorder_unprepare(rec_data->recorder);
error_code = recorder_destroy(rec_data.recorder);

if (error_code != RECORDER_ERROR_NONE)
    dlog_print(DLOG_ERROR, LOG_TAG, "fail to destroy recorder: error code = %d", error_code);