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Releasing media stream created by gUM

From: Kevin Dempsey <kevindempsey70@gmail.com>
Date: Fri, 18 Oct 2013 09:50:00 +0100
Message-ID: <CAMvTgcekFhW4wRn_7P2_svmAC-oSqKM26qubDH3c14ayv4iZnw@mail.gmail.com>
To: public-media-capture@w3.org
In earlier versions of the gUM spec, the stream created by a getUserMedia()
call had a stop() method that ended all the tracks, reduced the reference
count on the track sources and if that reference count reached zero, the
source was stopped (and recommended that any 'on-air' indicator was

In recent versions of the spec the stream doesn't have a stop() method, but
MediaStreamTrack does. However, this stop() method stops the source
regardless of whether any other track is using that source. I know that the
'best practices' section recommends that sources should not be shared but
the MediaStreamTrack stop() function's "kill switch" behaviour forces that
upon implementors.

So under the current spec, the release the stream created by getUserMedia()
you have to call stop on all tracks it has (one audio and one video
maximum). This will also kill the sources and therefore end any track also
using those sources.

Can we also have the earlier behaviour in a function on the returned stream
(perhaps not called stop() to reduce possible confusion)?
Received on Friday, 18 October 2013 09:53:16 UTC

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