Media API question regarding metadata retrieval

David DeHaven david.dehaven at
Thu Apr 2 16:27:51 UTC 2015

> > > If not is there a specific reason not
> > > to offer this functionality independently of a player?
> >
> > There were plans, there were also issues as we don't have a Java based mp4 parser so we're relying on the underlying platforms (e.g. QTKit, AVFoundation, etc..) to provide that data, which basically means we're creating a player at the native level anyways. If you're using the horribly outdated FXM format you get the benefit of a Java
> >
> > Deferring to native code absolutely makes sense but I didn't think that you needed to create a player to obtain duration, width and height in AVFoundation either.
> No, but for the lack of a separate interface for metadata retrieval. In hindsight there were a number of things that should have been done differently :/
> Alright, understood. No offense intended btw.. Thanks for taking the time to explain! 

None taken! :) Happy to help when I can.


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