Setup video player with controls in flutter using chewie package

Setup video player with controls in flutter using chewie package

Quickly configure video player with controls in your flutter project with chewie package.

Fazail Alam
Frontend dev · Mon Jun 27 2022

Making a video player with controls from scratch in flutter can be not an easy task. Chewie package comes with 3 built-in ui controls for video player. For android, it’s MaterialUI, for ios it’s CupertinoUI and for desktop it’s MaterialDesktopUI. You can also create options which will control video, By default it comes with playback speed and subtitles options. Now let’s start with adding necessary dependencies.

dependencies:
...
chewie: ^1.3.3
video_player: ^2.4.2
...
flutter:
    assets:
        - file.mp4 # short video file for testing is ./assets directory

Chewie uses video_player package under the hood to play video. So, we need to add video_player dependency.

Project Structure

/
├── assets/
│   └── file.mp4
├── lib/
│   ├── main.dart
│   └── video_page.dart
└── pubspec.yaml

Add VideoPage widget in home named parameter of the MaterialApp widget. VideoPage will be stateful widget. We need two controllers, one for video_player and another for chewie. We will initialize them in an async function. First we will initialize _videoPlayerController and then we will call initialize() method on _videoPlayerController which is Future so we need to prefix it await, then we will initialize _chewieController and pass the _videoPlayerController to it. Lastly call setState() to update the state.

_initControllers() async {
    _videoPlayerController = VideoPlayerController.asset('assets/file.mp4');
    await _videoPlayerController.initialize();
    _chewieController = ChewieController(
      videoPlayerController: _videoPlayerController,
    );
    setState(() {});
}

In our build method pass FutureBuilder to Scaffold widget. Now pass _initControllers method to FutureBuilder’s future parameter. Then in builder method we will first check if connectionState is waiting then we will return CircularProgressIndicator widget. If connectionState is done, first we will copy aspect ratio from _videoPlayerController to _chewieController then we will return Chewie video player widget.

Widget build(BuildContext context) {
    return Scaffold(
      body: FutureBuilder(
          future: _initControllers(),
          builder: (context, snapshot) {
            if (snapshot.connectionState == ConnectionState.waiting) {
              return const Center(child: CircularProgressIndicator());
            }
            if (snapshot.connectionState == ConnectionState.done) {
              _chewieController.copyWith(
                aspectRatio: _videoPlayerController.value.aspectRatio,
              );
            }
            return Center(
              child: AspectRatio(
                aspectRatio: _chewieController.aspectRatio!,
                child: Chewie(controller: _chewieController),
              ),
            );
        }),
    );
}

And at last dispose controllers in dispose method.

@override
void dispose() {
	_videoPlayerController.dispose();
    _chewieController.dispose();
    super.dispose();
}

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