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How to load video in mediaplayer from Android external storage?


I'm doing an application that will show some videos. They are big (hundreds of MBs) and they could be numerous /changed (e.g. I could phisically load them via USB or download them from the internet), so I would like to store them in the Android External Storage / sdcard, or somewhere else in the filesystem, and then reference them and load them in the MediaPlayer. Is it possible, either with blueprint or C++ scripting?

Product Version: UE 4.11
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asked May 20 '16 at 01:09 PM in Using UE4

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avatar image haruna Jun 16 '16 at 02:37 AM


Have you configured the Android Manifest to request permissions to access files in the SD Card? You should add this command to your Project Settings→Platforms - Android→Advanced APKPackaging Extra permissions.


You'll need to do that for starters.

avatar image ocramot Jun 17 '16 at 12:29 PM

Thank you! I didn't notice that I could add specific extra permissions to the manifest ( I didn't event thought that I should... I thought that UE4 packaging was handling these by itself) Still I don't know what path I have to use to access the sdcard or Internal Storage, but that's a start.

avatar image haruna Jul 04 '16 at 01:32 AM

You can get the file path this way: adb shell "echo $EXTERNAL_STORAGE" I don't know if you can run that command from within UE4 and check the validity of the result or not.

avatar image newtori Apr 17 '17 at 03:26 PM


I'm having the same problem and would like to know if you could figure out a solution? I tried using LoadVideo, but I could not make the video work and I didn't find the documentation for that function.

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Also I tried to generate a DLC package, they work very well, but I could not make the videos stay inside the DLC package :(

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avatar image ocramot Apr 18 '17 at 07:34 AM

Hello, I'm sorry but I eventually gave up and stored the files I needed in the /Movie filder, inside the .obb file. Of course I couldn't download any other. Still, I tried to solve this problem in 4.11, before the MediaPlayer overhaul in 4.13 (or was it 4.14?), so my answer would probably not be valid anymore.

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