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BlackBerry PlayBook OS media support

The following table outlines media support for BlackBerry tablets running BlackBerry PlayBook OS.

Note that the BlackBerry Tablet Simulator does not support the full range of codecs that are supported by the BlackBerry PlayBook tablet.

Supported models and device characteristics

BlackBerry PlayBook

BlackBerry PlayBook
 
 
 
Feature Details
Screen size 1024x600 WSVGA
Pixel density 169 ppi

Supported media formats
Video formats 3GP, 3GP2, ASF, AVI, F4V, ISMV, M4V, MKV, MOV, MP4, MPEG4, WMV
Audio formats AAC, AMR, AWB, FLAC, M4A, MKA, MP3, OGG, WAV, WMA
Image formats BMP, JPG, GIF, PNG, SGI, SVG, TSG, TIF, WBMP

Recommendations for optimal local playback
Container MP4
Video codec H.264 High Profile @ 720p (1280x720)
Audio codec AAC LC Stereo 5.1

Video codec support

The BlackBerry PlayBook OS supports the codecs listed below up to the following levels:
  • Resolution: 1080p
  • Bit rate: Up to 20Mbps
Codec Details
H.263 Container format(s): 3GP, 3GP2, M4V, MOV, MP4, MPEG4
H.264 Baseline Profile, Constrained Baseline Profile, Main Profile, High Profile (up to Level 4.2)

Container format(s): 3GP, 3GP2, M4V, MKV, MOV, MP4, MPEG4

MPEG-2 Simple Profile (Main Level), Main Profile (High Level)

Container format(s): 3GP, 3GP2, AVI, M4V, MKV, MOV, MP4, MPEG4

MPEG-4 SP, ASP (Levels 0, 1, 2, 3, 4A, 5, 6)

Container format(s): 3GP, 3GP2, AVI, M4V, MKV, MOV, MP4, MPEG4

VP6 Software decode

Container format(s): F4V

WMV 9 (VC-1) Simple, Main, Advance (up to Level 3)

Container format(s): ASF, WMV

Audio codec support

Codec Details
AAC
  • AAC LC (96 Kbps or higher)
  • AAC+, eAAC+ (128 Kbps with stereo 5.1)

Container format(s): AAC, M4A, MKA

AMR AMR-NB

Container format(s): AMR

MPEG MPEG 1 (Layer 3), MPEG 2 (Layer 3), MPEG 3 (Layer 3); Stereo, 128 Kbps

Container format(s): MKA, MP3

PCM PCM, LPCM, A-Law, U-Law, ADPCM

Container format(s): MKA, WAV

Sorenson Spark Software Decode

Container format(s): F4V

WMA
  • WMA 9
  • WMA 10 (8 Kpbs or higher)
  • WMA 10 Professional (128 Kbps with stereo 5.1)
  • WMA Lossless (128 Kbps with stereo 5.1)

Container format(s): ASF, WMA, WMV

Supported video camera encoding

Container Component Codec Notes
MP4 Video H.264
  • 480p at 30fps produces a bit rate of 2.67 Mbps
  • 720p at 30fps produces a bit rate of 8 Mbps
  • 1080p at 30 fps produces a bit rate of 16 Mbps
Audio AAC AAC at 128 Kbps, stereo (2 channels), 48 kHz sampling.