public class VideoView
extends ViewGroup

   ↳ android.view.View
     ↳ android.view.ViewGroup
       ↳ androidx.media2.widget.VideoView

A high level view for media playback that can be integrated with either a SessionPlayer or a MediaController. Developers can easily implement a video rendering application using this class. By default, a MediaControlView is attached so the playback control buttons are displayed on top of VideoView.


  1. Using VideoView with SessionPlayer or MediaController
  2. Using VideoView with MediaControlView
  3. Choosing a view type
  4. Comparison with android.widget.VideoView
  5. Displaying Metadata

Using VideoView with SessionPlayer or MediaController

Using VideoView with MediaControlView

VideoView is working with MediaControlView and a MediaControlView instance is attached to VideoView by default.

If you want to attach a custom MediaControlView, assign the custom media control widget using setMediaControlView(MediaControlView, long).

If you don't want to use MediaControlView, set the VideoView attribute R.attr.enableControlView to false.

Choosing a view type

VideoView can render videos on a TextureView or SurfaceView. The default is SurfaceView which can be changed by using the setViewType(int) method or by setting the R.attr.viewType attribute in the layout file.

SurfaceView is recommended in most cases for saving battery life. TextureView might be preferred for supporting various UIs such as animation and translucency.

Comparison with android.widget.VideoView

These are the main differences between the media2 VideoView widget and the older android widget:

Displaying Metadata

When you play music only (sound with no video), VideoView can display album art and other metadata by calling MediaItem.setMetadata(MediaMetadata). The following table shows the metadata displayed by the VideoView, and the default values assigned if the keys are not set:
MediaMetadata.METADATA_KEY_TITLE R.string.mcv2_music_title_unknown_text
MediaMetadata.METADATA_KEY_ARTIST R.string.mcv2_music_artist_unknown_text
MediaMetadata.METADATA_KEY_ALBUM_ART R.drawable.media2_widget_ic_default_album_image

Note: VideoView does not retain its full state when going into the background. In particular, it does not save, and does not restore the current play state, play position, selected tracks. Applications should save and restore these on their own in Activity.onSaveInstanceState(Bundle) and Activity.onRestoreInstanceState(Bundle).

Attributes :

Example of attributes for a VideoView with TextureView and no attached control view:



Nested classes

interface VideoView.OnViewTypeChangedListener

Interface definition of a callback to be invoked when the view type has been changed. 



Indicates video is rendering on SurfaceView.


Indicates video is rendering on TextureView.

Inherited constants