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Archived:Additional settings needed to run DevVideoRecord on N96 (Known Issue)

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To record a video on the Nokia N96, additional settings are needed as the N96 hardware is different from other Symbian devices.

Article Metadata
Tested with
Devices(s): Nokia N96
Platform(s): S60 3rd Edition FP2
S60 3rd Edition FP2
Created: User:Kbwiki (29 Oct 2009)
Last edited: hamishwillee (14 Jun 2013)


The N96 uses hardware codecs which require additional settings compared to other S60 devices. When the Archived:MDFDevVideo Record Symbian API is run on the Nokia N96, the application fails with the KErrNotReady (-18) error while calling CMMFDevVideoRecord::WritePictureL(), or with KErrNotSupported (-5) if the camera has been set as the video source with CMMFDevVideoRecord::SetSourceCameraL().

How to reproduce

The Archived:MDFDevVideo Record Symbian API can be used to reproduce the problem on the Nokia N96.


To ensure that MDF DevVideo encoders work on the Nokia N96, call the CMMFDevVideoRecord::SetRateControlOptions() function in MMMFDevVideoRecordObserver::MdvroInitializeComplete before calling CMMFDevVideoRecord::Start().

 void CDevvideoExAppUi::MdvroInitializeComplete( TInt aError )
if ( aError != KErrNone )
// TODO: Handle errors
// Set rate control options
TRateControlOptions rateCtrl;
rateCtrl.iControl = EBrControlNone;
rateCtrl.iPictureQuality = 0;
rateCtrl.iBitrate = iBitRate;
rateCtrl.iPictureRate = iFrameRate;
rateCtrl.iQualityTemporalTradeoff = 0;
rateCtrl.iLatencyQualityTradeoff = 0;
iDvr->SetRateControlOptions( 0, rateCtrl );
// Start encoding
// Write first input picture
iPicNum = 0;
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