Experimental: This is an experimental technology
Check the Browser compatibility table carefully before using this in production.

Non-standard: This feature is non-standard and is not on a standards track. Do not use it on production sites facing the Web: it will not work for every user. There may also be large incompatibilities between implementations and the behavior may change in the future.

The changeType() method of the SourceBuffer interface sets the MIME type that future calls to appendBuffer() should expect the new media data to conform to. This makes it possible to change codecs or container type mid-stream.

One scenario in which this is helpful is to support adapting the media source to changing bandwidth availability, by transitioning from one codec to another as resource constraints change.





A DOMString specifying the MIME type that future buffers will conform to.

Return value



TypeError DOMException

Thrown if the specified string is empty, rather than indicating a valid MIME type.

InvalidStateError DOMException

Thrown if the SourceBuffer is not a member of the parent media source's sourceBuffers list, or the buffer's updating property indicates that a previously queued appendBuffer() or remove() is still being processed.

NotSupportedError DOMException

Thrown if the specified MIME type is not supported, or is not supported with the types of SourceBuffer objects present in the MediaSource.sourceBuffers list.

Usage notes

If the parent MediaSource is in its "ended" readyState, calling changeType() will transition the media source to the "open" readyState and fire a simple event named sourceopen at the parent media source.

Browser compatibility

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See also