Streaming or Playing a Video File on Android

Well,

I have been through multiple forums looking for the best way that works for me to  play a streamed video file from a server or from my local machine, and I found an easy way to do that, here is how:


public void onCreate(Bundle icicle) {
    super.onCreate(icicle);
    getWindow().setFormat(PixelFormat.TRANSLUCENT);</code>

    yourVideoView = new VideoView(this);
    yourVideoView.setMediaController(new MediaController(this));
    setContentView(yourVideoView);

    // This works fine for almost all MPEG-4 and H.264 containers you find out there

    // If you have the video file on your sdk card

    yourVideoView.setVideoURI(Uri.parse("file:///sdcard/video.mp4"));

    // If you are getting the stream from an http Server let's say

    yourVideoView.setVideoURI(Uri.parse("The URL of the server, i.e: http:// ...."));
    yourVideoView.requestFocus();
    yourVideoView.start();
}

N.B: this might not work so well for your emulator, however this works well on a real device. If you insist on making this work on the emulator, then you might want to try this (Only for playing from a local source).

  • Go to your platform-tools directory in your android-sdk
  • copy the video file you want to this directory
  • run “adb push <your_file> /sdcard/<target destination>

I hope this helps

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