Brightcove Native Player for iOS Reference

Google Cast Plugin for Brightcove Player SDK for iOS, version 6.9.1.1726

Requirements

  • Xcode 11.0+
  • ARC

Supported Platforms

iOS 11.0 and above.

Installation

The Google Cast Plugin for Brightcove Player SDK provides a static library framework for installation.

The Google Cast plugin supports version 4.5.0 of the Google Cast SDK for iOS. The Google Cast release notes can be found here.

CocoaPods

You can use CocoaPods to add the Google Cast Plugin for Brightcove Player SDK to your project. You can find the latest Brightcove-Player-GoogleCast podspecs here. The pod will incorporate the correct version of GoogleCast automatically. CocoaPods 1.0 or newer is required.

CocoaPod Podfile example:

```bash source ‘https://github.com/CocoaPods/Specs' source ’https://github.com/brightcove/BrightcoveSpecs.git'

platform :ios, ‘11.0’

use_frameworks!

target ‘ExampleApp’ do pod ‘Brightcove-Player-GoogleCast’ end ```

Installing Brightcove-Player-GoogleCast automatically installs the dependency, Brightcove-Player-Core. Based on your needs, you may choose to include either the dynamic Brightcove-Player-Core framework, or the static one. By default, the dynamic Core framework is installed. To choose the static Core framework, your Podfile would look something like this:

```bash source ‘https://github.com/CocoaPods/Specs’ source ‘https://github.com/brightcove/BrightcoveSpecs.git’

platform :ios, ‘11.0’

use_frameworks!

target ‘ExampleApp’ do pod ‘Brightcove-Player-GoogleCast-static’ end ```

When updating your installation, it’s a good idea to refresh the local copy of your BrightcoveSpecs repository to ensure you have the latest podspecs locally, just like you would update your CococaPods master repository. Use pod repo update to do so.

Manual

To add the Google Cast Plugin for Brightcove Player SDK to your project manually:

  1. Follow the Google Cast SDK Manual Setup guide.
  2. Follow the Brightcove Player SDK Manual Installation guide.
  3. Download the Google Cast Plugin for Brightcove Player SDK framework.
  4. On the “General” tab of your application target, add BrightcoveGoogleCast.framework from the Google Cast Plugin for Brightcove Player SDK download to the list of Frameworks, Libraries, Embedded Content.
  5. On the “Build Settings” tab of your application target, ensure that the “Framework Search Paths” include the paths to the frameworks. This should have been done automatically unless the framework is stored under a different root directory than your project.

Imports

The Google Cast Plugin for Brightcove Player SDK can be imported into code a few different ways; @import BrightcoveGoogleCast;, #import <BrightcoveGoogleCast/BrightcoveGoogleCast.h> or #import <BrightcoveGoogleCast/[specific class].h>. You can import the GoogleCast and BrightcovePlayerSDK modules in similar fashion.

Before You Begin

Before attempting to utilize this plugin you should already be familiar with the following:

Quick Start

The BrightcoveGoogleCast plugin is a bridge between Google Cast iOS SDK and the Brightcove Player SDK for iOS.

This snippet shows its basic usage.

    [1] self.googleCastManager = [BCOVGoogleCastManager new];

    [2] id<BCOVPlaybackController> playbackController = [BCOVPlayerSDKManager.sharedManager createPlaybackController];

    [3] [playbackController addSessionConsumer:self.googleCastManager];

Breaking the code down into steps:

  1. Create a reference to the BCOVGoogleCastManager singleton.
  2. Create an instance of BCOVPlaybackController to use.
  3. Add your BCOVGoogleCastManager reference as a session consumer to your BCOVPlaybackController instance.

Brightcove CAF Receiver

The application ID for the Brightcove CAF Receiver is 341387A3 and is assigned to the constant kBCOVCAFReceiverApplicationID. You can verify the application ID by checking the CAF Receiver config.json.

If you are using the Brightcove CAF Receiver you’ll need to initialize these variables like this:

[1] BCOVReceiverAppConfig *receiverAppConfig = [BCOVReceiverAppConfig new];
    receiverAppConfig.accountId = kAccountID;
    receiverAppConfig.policyKey = kServicePolicyKey;

[2] self.googleCastManager = [[BCOVGoogleCastManager alloc] initForBrightcoveReceiverApp:receiverAppConfig];

The following properties are also available to set on BCOVReceiverAppConfig as needed:

  • splashScreen (for customizing the splash screen image)
  • playerUrl (for using a customized player)
  • authToken (for use with PAS/EPA)
  • watermarkingToken (for use with Forensic Watermaking)
  • adConfigId (for use with SSAI)
  • userId (for use with analytics tracking)
  • applicationId (for use with analytics tracking)

Delegate Methods

BCOVGoogleCastManagerDelegate has delegate methods you can use to be notified when major cast-related events have occurred or are about to occur, for example

  • - (void)switchedToLocalPlayback:(NSTimeInterval)lastKnownStreamPosition;
  • - (void)switchedToRemotePlayback;
  • - (void)currentCastedVideoDidComplete;
  • - (void)castedVideoFailedToPlay;
  • - (void)suitableSourceNotFound;
  • - (void)willBuildMediaInformationBuilder:(GCKMediaInformationBuilder *_Nonnull);
  • - (void)willSendMediaLoadOptions:(GCKMediaLoadOptions *_Nonnull);

For a complete list with descriptions, refer to the BCOVGoogeCastManagerDelegate Protocol Reference.

To take advantage of these events, set a delegate on the BCOVGoogleCastManager singleton.

    self.googleCastManager.delegate = self;

Source Selection

The BCOVGoogleCastManager will attempt to find a suitable source to use. It will look for sources in this order:

  1. HTTPS HLS v3
  2. HTTPS DASH
  3. HTTPS MP4
  4. HTTP HLS v3
  5. HTTP DASH
  6. HTTP MP4

If none of these are found, the delegate method suitableSourceNotFound will be called.

Your Video Cloud account will need to be set up to support HLS v3, ensure that DASH is enabled or have an MP4 source available for each video.

Customizations

There are two properties, in addition to the delegate property, that you can set on the BCOVGoogleCastManager class. These are:

  • GCKImage *fallbackPosterImage: The GCKImage that will be used when there is no poster image available for a video.
  • CGSize posterImageSize: The height and width that you want to use for the GCKImage object image that is created. Defaults to 480h x 720w.

Known Issues / Limitations

When using a default, unmodified receiver (including the demo receiver) the following limitations apply:

  • DRM is not supported.
  • Multiple Audio Tracks are not supported.
  • Client-side and Server-side Advertising are not supported.
  • Live and Live DVR streams are not supported.

When using the Brightcove CAF receiver the following limitations apply:

  • Client-side Advertising is not supported.

Support

If you have questions, need help or want to provide feedback, please use the Support Portal or contact your Account Manager. To receive notification of new SDK software releases, subscribe to the Brightcove Native Player SDKs Google Group.