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Opens a movie from a container.

Component Version macOS Windows Linux Server iOS SDK
AVAsset 5.2 ✅ Yes ❌ No ❌ No ✅ Yes, on macOS ✅ Yes
MBS( "AVAsset.OpenContainer"; Container )   More


Parameter Description Example
Container The container with the movie file. MyTable::MovieContainer


Returns asset reference number or error.


Opens a movie from a container.
Should work for external and internal containers.
Please allow a second to load video in background asynchronously.
Available in OS X v10.7 and later.

Please call AVAsset.Release later to free object from memory.

You can use AVExport.ExportSession to export to a new file. With AVExport.SetTimeRange you can only export a clip and with AVExport.ExportSessionMerge you can merge multiple videos to one.


Open movie from container:

MBS( "AVAsset.OpenContainer"; MyTable::MyContainer )

Close it later

MBS( "AVAsset.Release"; $asset )

See also

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This function checks for a license.

Created 19th June 2015, last changed 2nd February 2022

AVAsset.NaturalWidth - AVAsset.OpenFile