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Archived:Capturing contents of video playback area not possible (Known Issue)

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There are no Symbian or S60 3rd Edition platform-level APIs that provide a way to access the video frame buffers in order to capture screen shots of video playback. This known issue has been verified by Nokia Developer.

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Tested with
Devices(s): (All)
Platform(s): S60 3rd Edition
S60 3rd Edition (initial release)
Created: User:Technical writer 1 (04 Mar 2008)
Last edited: hamishwillee (14 Jun 2013)


Methods such as CopyScreenToBitmap() from CWsScreenDevice, RHardwareBitmap or screen address retrieved with UserSvr::ScreenInfo() do not provide a way to capture screenshots of video playback currently in progress.

All above methods result in a blank rectangle being captured for the video area. This is because MMF video controllers do not hand the video frames over to the window server, but simply request a safe drawing region and use Direct Screen Access to render the decoded frames. Symbian OS does not provide access to raw LCD framebuffer.


No solution available.

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