AVPlayer Generic Framework

Step 0: Creating AVPlayer based media player application

Create a directory for integration by doing the following. Open the terminal, change directory to the home directory, and create a folder sampleintegration

cd ~/
mkdir sampleintegration
cd sampleintegration/

Pull the Sample Application from https://sdk.mediamelon.com/$CustomerID/iOS/AVPlayerDemo-iOS.zip and unzip it

wget https://sdk.mediamelon.com/$CustomerID/iOS/AVPlayerDemo-iOS.zip

Get the sample app dependencies by changing the directory to the ~/sampleintegration/AVPlayerDemo-iOS and execute the following commands

Step 1: Integrating the MediaMelonSmartStreaming Framework

There are five steps involved for integrating the MediaMelon Player SDK using the MediaMelonSmartStreaming Framework:

  1. Importing the framework

  2. Adding the AvPlayerIntegrationWrapper.swift ( Player Adaptation Layer)

  3. Providing asset information for the content before starting the player and after creating its instance

  4. Cleaning up the SDK integration session

  5. Disable manifest fetching by the SDK

All AVPlayer related code of the sample application can be found in the Swift class ViewController.swift

Open the project file ~/sampleintegration/AVPlayerDemo-iOS/AVPlayerDemo-iOS.xcodeproj in XCode and edit the file ViewController.swiftas mentioned below

1. Import Frameworks

import AVFoundation
import MMGenericFramework

2. Add the AVPlayerIntegrationWrapper.swift file to your project

3. Provide Asset information

After the instance of the player is created, and AVAsset is set with it, we should set the asset information and send it to before starting its playback. In DemoViewController.swift, call function self.configureMMSDKwithURL(urlString, self.player)


private func configureMMSDKWithURL(hlsURLStr: String, player: AVPlayer) {
    //Integration Step 2
    print("Integrating with \(String(describing: AVPlayerIntegrationWrapper.getVersion()))")
    AVPlayerIntegrationWrapper.shared.enableLogTrace(logStTrace: true)
    let assetInfo = MMAssetInformation(assetURL: hlsURLStr, assetID: String(arc4random()), assetName: "assetNameRandom", videoId: "VIDEO_ID")
    // Optional Asset metadata
    assetInfo.setContentType("Movie") //Type of content (Movie / Special / Clip / Scene)
    assetInfo.setDrmProtection("Fairplay") //Widevine, Fairplay, Playready etc. Unknown means content is protected, but protection type is unknown. For clear contents, do not set this field
    assetInfo.setEpisodeNumber("10") //Sequence Number of the Episode (string).
    assetInfo.setSeriesTitle("testSeries") //Title of the series
    assetInfo.setSeason("testSeason") //Season For example - Season1,2,3 etc
    assetInfo.setGenre("testGenre") //Genre of the content
    // Optional custom metadata
    assetInfo.addCustomKVP("CustomKVP1Key", "CustomKVP1Value")
    assetInfo.addCustomKVP("CustomKVP2Key", "CustomKVP2Value")
    assetInfo.setQBRMode(.QBRModeDisabled, withMetaURL: nil)

    let registrationInfo = MMRegistrationInformation(customerID: "<your_customer_id>", playerName: "<player_name>")
    registrationInfo.setPlayerInformation(brand: "<player_brand>", model: "<player_model>", version: "<player_version>")
    registrationInfo.setSubscriberInformation(subscriberID: "<subscriber_id>", subscriberType: "<subscriber_type>", subscriberTag: "SubscriberTAG")
    AVPlayerIntegrationWrapper.initializeAssetForPlayer(assetInfo: assetInfo, registrationInformation: registrationInfo, player: player)
    //End of integration Step 2


// Configure MediaMelonSmartStreamingSDK
-(void)_configureMMSDKwithURL: (NSString *)urlString {
    MMAssetInformation * assetInfo = [[MMAssetInformation alloc] initWithAssetURL:urlString assetID:@"RANDOM_ID" assetName:@"Some Title" videoId:@"VIDEO_ID"];
    // Optional Asset metadata
    [assetInfo setContentType:@"Movie"]; //Type of content (Movie / Special / Clip / Scene)
    [assetInfo setDrmProtection:@"Fairplay"]; //Widevine, Fairplay, Playready etc. Unknown means content is protected, but protection type is unknown. For clear contents, do not set this field
    [assetInfo setGenre:@"testGenre"]; //Genre of the content
    [assetInfo setEpisodeNumber:@"10"]; //Sequence Number of the Episode (string).
    [assetInfo setSeriesTitle:@"testSeriesTitle"]; //Title of the series
    [assetInfo setSeason:@"testSeason"]; //Season For example - Season1,2,3 etc
    // Optional custom metadata
    [assetInfo addCustomKVP:@"Key1" :@"Value1"];
    [assetInfo addCustomKVP:@"Key2" :@"Value2"];
    [assetInfo setQBRMode:QBRModeDisabled withMetaURL:nil];
    MMRegistrationInformation* registrationInfo = [[MMRegistrationInformation alloc] initWithCustomerID:@"customer_ID" playerName:@"AVPlayerWithFreeWheelAds"];
    [registrationInfo setSubscriberInformationWithSubscriberID:@"subscriberID" subscriberType:@"subscriberType" subscriberTag:@"SubscriberTAG"];
    [registrationInfo setPlayerInformationWithBrand:@"AVPlayer" model:@"AVPlayer" version:@"0.1"];
    [registrationInfo setDomain:@"DOMAIN_NAME"];
    [AVPlayerIntegrationWrapper disableManifestsFetchWithDisable:YES];
    [AVPlayerIntegrationWrapper initializeAssetForPlayerWithAssetInfo:assetInfo registrationInformation:registrationInfo player:self.player];

4. Cleaning up the SDK Session

We need to clean up the SDK session once the playback completes. The SDK internally manages the cleanup for most of the cases. For example - when playback finishes, or some error is notified.

However, in some error cases, like network reachability issues, the error notification is delayed. And before this error notification is available, the user may trigger another session. Therefore, it is advised to clean up the session once the playback finishes.

We recommend cleanup at the following two places.

  • When the view controller hosting the post roll ad terminates

  • When the player is restarted


5. Disable manifest fetching by the SDK

If your workflow restricts the manifest to be accessible from both player and the MediaMelon Player SDK simultaneously, then, you can disable the fetch of manifest via disableManifestsFetch() in method _configureMMSDKwithURL()

private func configureMMSDKWithURL(hlsURLStr: String) {
    AVPlayerIntegrationWrapper.disableManifestsFetch(disable: true)
    AVPlayerIntegrationWrapper.initializeAssetForPlayer(assetInfo: assetInfo, registrationInformation: registrationInfo, player: player)

Note: Disable Manifest Fetch is Optional

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