mplayer for Linux (was: Parliment House Webcasting - limited access through proprietary formats)

Mark Purcell msp at
Thu Feb 21 21:09:58 EST 2002

Just to followup I have managed to locate a Linux solution to play
these Windows Media Player webcasts. Full details at

Whilst it doesn't satisfy 100% opensoftware at least I can now have it
sitting as a small window on my linux box.  And at only 40 kBit/s the
video feed isn't a great bandwidth hog.. Quality isn't great either as
expected for the bandwidth...


PS For what's it worth this is what it looks like (Minus the actual video
of course :):

msp at htpc:~$ mplayer

MPlayer CVS-011220-11:52-2.95.4 (C) 2000-2001 Arpad Gereoffy (see /usr/share/doc/mplayer-*/)

CPU vendor name: GenuineIntel  max cpuid level: 2
CPU: Intel Celeron 2/Pentium III Coppermine,Geyserville (Type: 6, Stepping: 6)
Testing OS support for SSE... yes.
Testing OS support for SSE unmasked exceptions... yes.
Tests of OS support for SSE passed.
CPUflags: Type: 6 MMX: 1 MMX2: 1 3DNow: 0 3DNow2: 0 SSE: 1 SSE2: 0
Reading /home/msp/.mplayer/codecs.conf: 23 audio & 63 video codecs
font: can't open file: /home/msp/.mplayer/font/font.desc
Font /usr/share/mplayer/font/font.desc loaded successfully! (495 chars)
Setting up lirc support...
mplayer_lirc: could not connect to socket
mplayer_lirc: No such file or directory
Failed opening lirc support!
You won't be able to use your remote control
Linux RTC init: open: No such device
Using usleep() timing
Connecting to server ...
protocol: HTTP/1.0
http minor version: 0
uri: (null)
method: (null)
status code: 200
reason phrase: OK
 0 - Server: Cougar
 1 - Content-Type: video/x-ms-asf
 2 - Content-Length: 94
Content-Type: [video/x-ms-asf]
Content-Length: [94]
Connected to server:
Trying ASF/HTTP...
Connecting to server ...
read: 289
=====> ASF Live stream
=====> ASF header chunk follows
Got chunk
Size 2 read=645
Connecting to server ...
read: 289
=====> ASF Live stream
Stream not seekable!
=====> ASF header chunk follows
Detected ASF file format!
Stream not seekable!
VIDEO:  [MP43]  176x144  24bpp
[V] filefmt:6  fourcc:0x3334504D  size:176x144  fps:1000.00  ftime:=0.0010
Detected audio codec: [divx] drv:4 (DivX audio (WMA))
fs seg 0x40017000
Loading DLL: 'divxa32.acm'
AUDIO: srate=16000  chans=1  bps=2  sfmt=0x10  ratio: 1500->32000
Trying to force video codec driver family 7 ...
Can't find video codec for forced driver family, fallback to other drivers.
Detected video codec: [divxds] drv:4 (DivX ;-) (MS MPEG-4 v3))
Loading DLL: ''
Using DirectShow codec:
Decoder is capable of YUV output ( flags 0x1f)
Movie-Aspect is undefined - no prescaling applied.
VO: [sdl] 176x144 => 176x144 Packed YUY2
Disabling DPMS
stat: 1
SDL: Using driver: x11
AO: [sdl] 16000Hz Mono Signed 16-bit (Little-Endian)
SDL: Samplerate: 16000Hz Channels: Mono Format Signed 16-bit (Little-Endian)
Start playing...
A:818389.5 V:818388.8 A-V:  0.719 ct:  1.031  6556/6556   0%  1%  3.8% 80 3 0%

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