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  • VideoView is a customized component which is available in Android and it's the combination of MediaPlayer and SuffaceView which help you to play a video more easily.
  • By the help of MediaController and VideoView classes, we can play the video files in android.

Media Controller class:

  • Android provides many ways to control playback of audio/video files and streams. One of this way is through a class called MediaPlayer.
  • Android is providing MediaPlayer class to access built-in mediaplayer services like playing audio,video e.t.c.
  • In order to use MediaPlayer, we have to call a static Method create() of this class. This method returns an instance of MediaPlayer class. Its syntax is as follows −
MediaPlayer mediaPlayer = MediaPlayer.create(this,;
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  • The android.widget.MediaController is a view that contains media controls like play/pause, previous, next, fast-forward, rewind etc.

VideoView class

  • The android.widget.VideoView class provides methods to play and control the video player. The commonly used methods of VideoView class are as follows:
Method Description
public void setMediaController(MediaController controller) sets the media controller to the video view
public void setVideoURI (Uri uri) sets the URI of the video file.
public void start() starts the video view.
public void stopPlayback() stops the playback.
public void pause() pauses the playback.
public void suspend() suspends the playback.
public void resume() resumes the playback.
public void seekTo(int millis) seeks to specified time in miliseconds.


  • Drag the VideoView from the pallete, now the activity_main.xml file will be like below:

File: activity_main.xml

<RelativeLayout xmlns:androclass=""  
    tools:context=".MainActivity" >  
        android:layout_centerVertical="true" />  
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Activity class

  • Let's write the code to play the video file. Here, we are going to play 1.mp4 file located inside the sdcard/media directory.


package com.example.video1;  
import android.os.Bundle;  
import android.view.Menu;  
import android.widget.MediaController;  
import android.widget.VideoView;  
public class MainActivity extends Activity {  
    protected void onCreate(Bundle savedInstanceState) {  
        VideoView videoView =(VideoView)findViewById(;  
                //Creating MediaController  
        MediaController mediaController= new MediaController(this);  
              //specify the location of media file  
           Uri uri=Uri.parse(Environment.getExternalStorageDirectory().getPath()+"/media/1.mp4");          
              //Setting MediaController and URI, then starting the videoView  
    public boolean onCreateOptionsMenu(Menu menu) {  
        // Inflate the menu; this adds items to the action bar if it is present.  
getMenuInflater().inflate(, menu);  
return true;  

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