If you wish to access the bytes of the asset directly, or access a video file you will most likely want to get a
File object access to the Asset.
This is not as simple as it would seem as both operating systems restrict access to certain media assets on the device, so commonly the extension will copy the asset to your application and give you access to that file.
You must be aware that after calling the
getFileForAssetAsync function you may have a copy of the asset contained in your application storage.
This method using direct access is not as reliable and will fail in more recent versions of iOS.
We don't recommend using this method. It has been deprecated and most likely remove it in a future release.