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Rotation of video playback window in Nokia 5800 XpressMusic (Known Issue)

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Calling the SetRotationL() method of the CVideoPlayerUtility may result in blank video output (black screen) in the Nokia 5800 XpressMusic.

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Tested with
Devices(s): Nokia 5800 XpressMusic
Platform(s): S60 5th Edition (initial release)
S60 5th Edition
Keywords: CVideoPlayerUtility, SetRotationL
Created: User:Technical writer 1 (24 Feb 2009)
Last edited: hamishwillee (01 Aug 2012)


Depending on the resolution and aspect ratio of the video playback window, an attempt to set the video rotation with the following method may cause a loss of video, with blank output being shown instead. The audio track will continue to play normally:

void CVideoPlayerUtility::SetRotationL( TVideoRotation aRotation );

For example, a full-screen video playback in landscape mode (EVideoRotationClockwise90) fails in the Nokia 5800 XpressMusic when the above method is used.


Avoid using CVideoPlayerUtility::SetRotationL() to control the orientation of video playback window. Instead, set the orientation of the entire player application with the SetOrientationL function from CAknAppUi. For video playback in landscape (90° clockwise rotation), use:

void CAknAppUi::SetOrientationL( EAppUiOrientationLandscape );
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