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Android BasicMediaDecoder Sample

This sample shows how to use the MediaCoder to decode a video, use a TimeAnimator to sync the rendering commands with the system display frame rendering and finally render it to a TextureView.


MediaCodec was introduced in API 16, and can be used for low level (decoding/encoding) operations. In the same API was also introduced TimeAnimator, which can be used to synchronise animation frames. Finally, MediaExtractor provides a simple way to extract demuxed media data from a data source.

The main steps are described below:

  1. Create a layout with a TextureView for your activity.
  2. Initialise a MediaExtractor instance with new MediaExtractor() and a TimeAnimator instance with new TimeAnimator().
  3. To start video playback, call setDataSource(this, videoUri, null) on your MediaExtractor instance, where videoUri is the URI of your video source.
  4. On your MediaExtractor instance, call getTrackCount() to know how many tracks you have in your streams. They may not all be video tracks. Deselect all tracks by calling unselectTrack(i) where i is the index of the track.
  5. Get the mime type of a track by calling getTrackFormat(i).getString(MediaFormat.KEY_MIME) on your MediaExtractor instance, where i is the index of your selected track. If the mime type contains "video/", then this is a video track so you can select it, using selectTrack(i) on your MediaExtractor instance.
  6. Create a MediaCodec instance by calling MediaCodec.createDecoderByType(mimeType).
  7. Configure your MediaCodec instance with configure(trackFormat, textureView, null, 0), where trackFormat is obtained by calling getTrackFormat(i) on your MediaExtractor instance.
  8. Set a TimeListener on your TimeAnimation instance, and override its onTimeUpdate(final TimeAnimator animation, final long totalTime, final long deltaTime) method.
  9. In onTimeUpdate, check if the media track has reached the end of stream, using getSampleFlags() on your MediaExtractor instance and looking for MediaCodec.BUFFER_FLAG_END_OF_STREAM flag.
  10. Still in onTimeUpdate, assuming this isn't the end of the sample, write the media sample to your MediaDecoder instance, using queueInputBuffer(index, 0, size, presentationTimeUs, flags) method. You will need to set up your buffers, refer to MediaCodec documentation for details.
  11. After writing the media sample, you need to advance the sample, calling advance() on your TimeExtractor instance (this is a blocking operation and should be done outside the main thread).
  12. Finally, you can release and render the media sample by calling dequeueOutputBuffer(info, timeout) and releaseOutputBuffer(i, true), refer to MediaCodec documentation for details.
  13. In onPause() or if you have reached the end of the stream, call end() on your TimeAnimation instance, then call stop() and release() on your MediaCodec instance, and finally, call release() on your MediaExtractor instance.


  • Android SDK 26
  • Android Build Tools v26.0.1
  • Android Support Repository


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Getting Started

This sample uses the Gradle build system. To build this project, use the "gradlew build" command or use "Import Project" in Android Studio.


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This activity uses a {@link android.view.TextureView} to render the frames of a video decoded using {@link} API.

Called when the activity is first created.