Resolution capping

The Player SDK for Browsers can apply a resolution cap to DASH streams. This page explains the steps you need to follow to implement resolution capping, together with code examples. It should be used alongside the supplied sample application.

Alternative APIs

A cap on the resolution can be set in two different styles and APIs exist to facilitate this. Either by an explicit cap of x and y pixels, or by declaring a set of preconfigured caps with labels that can be selected from a control bar menu.


A working app – see the * Integration guide for details of how to get it up and running.

Procedure for x, y capping

Simply call the setMaxResolution() function, for example:

playerInstance.otvtoolkit().setMaxResolution(640, 480);

To remove this cap use NaN, NaN:

playerInstance.otvtoolkit().setMaxResolution(NaN, NaN);

Procedure for menu driven capping

  1. After the instantiation of the otvplayer with the otvtoolkit plugin, you need to initialise the otvResolutionCapper component.


    In this default configuration, a settings menu will appear allowing selection from a set of predefined resolution caps:

    Quality Width Limit Height Limit
    Auto no limit no limit
    High 1920 1080
    Medium 1280 720
    Low 640 480


  2. To apply the cap programmatically, simply call the setQualityCap() method passing the quality level to be applied. For example:


    In this example, "Low" is one of the default labels configured.


There are options for customisation and overriding the defaults:

  • The quality levels and their labels can be overridden with the following option:

        qualityLabels: {
            Unlimited: [NaN, NaN],
            "1080p": [1920, 1080],
            "720p": [1280, 720],
            "480p": [640, 480]

    An option with the value [NaN, NaN] has the effect of clearing the cap.

  • The name of the feature within the control bar menu can be set with the following option:

        menuTitle: "Limit Resolution"


  • Currently HLS resolution capping is not supported.