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Video encoding profiles and parameters

The following table lists examples of video encoding profiles and parameters that the Android media framework supports for playback.


Lower quality

Higher quality

Video codec

H.264 Baseline Profile

H.264 Baseline Profile

Video resolution

176 x 144 px

720p resolution is supported

480 x 360 px

1080p resolution is supported

Video frame rate

12 fps

30 fps

Video bitrate

56 Kbps

500 Kbps

Audio codec



Audio channels

1 (mono)

2 (stereo)

Audio bitrate

24 Kbps

128 Kbps

In addition to these encoding parameters, a device's video recording profiles can be used as a proxy for media playback capabilities. These profiles can be inspected using the CamcorderProfile class, which is available since API level 8.

Video content that is streamed over HTTP or RTSP

There are additional requirements for video content that is streamed over HTTP or RTSP:

  • For 3GPP and MPEG-4 containers, the moov Atom must precede any mdat Atom.
  • For 3GPP, MPEG-4, and WebM containers, audio and video samples corresponding to the Sametime offset cannot be more than 500 KB apart. To minimize this audio / video drift, consider interleaving audio and video in smaller chunk sizes.

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