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Mon Dec 19 2022

How to enable logging in the Bitmovin Android Player

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Troubleshooting streams on mobile devices can be challenging, especially if issues occur rarely and only in specific circumstances. A common approach in such a scenario is to add log statements to the code in order to observe configurations and states at the time of the failure.

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All state updates of the Android Player are published through the EventEmitter interface which is implemented by all main components of the Player: The Player and the Source for playback as well as the OfflineContentManager for downloading content for offline playback.

Apart from the events that indicate a specific state change in the respective component, there are three more general events that are especially useful for logging:

  • The Error event signals a fatal error that can not automatically be recovered from.

  • The Warning event is emitted if something unexpected happens but core functionality is expected to continue.

  • The Info event which contains additional neutral information.

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In the following code snippet, error, warning and info events from the player and source are logged to the console.

1player.on<PlayerEvent.Error> { Log.e("Player Error", it.toString()) }
2player.on<PlayerEvent.Warning> { Log.w("Player Warning", it.toString()) }
3player.on<PlayerEvent.Info> { Log.i("Player Info", it.toString()) }
5source.on<SourceEvent.Error> { Log.e("Source Error", it.toString()) }
6source.on<SourceEvent.Warning> { Log.w("Source Warning", it.toString()) }
7source.on<SourceEvent.Info> { Log.i("Source Info", it.toString()) }

The events also enable more complex logging scenario such as e.g. logging only failed downloads:

1source.on<SourceEvent.DownloadFinished> {
2 if (!it.isSuccess){
3 Log.e(
4 "Download Error",
5 "Unable to download ${it.url}, response code was ${it.httpStatus} after ${it.downloadTime} seconds."
6 )
7 }

A more in-depth logging implementation can be found in the sample projects.

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