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Old 06-10-2004, 06:47 AM   #1
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What program/plugin in Linux works well for streaming audio/video?


Maybe "streaming" is the wrong word. What I'm talking about is this: when I go to a website and click on an MPEG link in Windows, Media Player loads up and "streams" the file, i.e. buffers it and starts playing it as it's downloading.

I need something that will do the equivalent in Linux. I've tried a couple of the offerings installed with KDE, but they all use the "Download Manager" to download the file first and then open it instead of streaming it. Which is fine, but I'm impatient.

Also I've had some trouble with some of the media players. Most of the KDE players stutter, Xine seems to hang every now and then for no reason, and it looks like XMMS is giving me audio-only.

What do you guys use for streaming mpegs and other videos off the Internet? I'm trying to find something that works as well as (or better than) WMP for Windows.
 
Old 06-10-2004, 09:17 AM   #2
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I don't know about Konqueror because I use Mozilla Firefox, but mozplugger and the mplayerplug-in work very well for me. I don't know which one it is that's doing the business. It just works so I've stopped worrying about it. The Realplayer 8 does the Real formats. I had to install some extra codecs to get streaming video to work.
 
Old 06-10-2004, 09:26 AM   #3
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mplayer plugin is the thing doing the work for mozilla with quicktime and windows media format.
 
Old 06-10-2004, 09:27 AM   #4
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mplayer plugin is the thing doing the work for mozilla with quicktime and windows media format.
Is Mplayer a program/package I need to install, or is it just a plugin? I don't know if Mplayer came packaged with my distro or not.
 
Old 06-10-2004, 09:35 AM   #5
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here is a guide for slackware: http://jmccoy.sdf-us.org/slackware9/...edia/mplay.php

I am currently using debian and you can install it with "apt-get install mozilla-mplayer"
 
Old 06-10-2004, 10:59 AM   #6
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That guide seems pretty straightforward.

Another n00b question: do Netscape and Mozilla use the same files and configuration info? In other words, if I install the Mplayer plugin in Mozilla, will it work for Netscape as well?
 
Old 06-10-2004, 11:03 AM   #7
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Well, recnet versions of Netscape are based on Mozilla, so I think it should work. On my computer, the plugins are located in /usr/lib/mozilla/plugins. I'm sure there is a similar plugins directory for Netscape where you can put plugins. I haven't tried the mplayer plugin with Netscape though because I don't have it installed.
 
Old 06-10-2004, 12:05 PM   #8
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I have d/l Real Player and it doesnt work. It keeps telling me that I need some other plugin that I cannot seem to find. And with my mplayer, I dont have a GUI with it. Is that how its supposed to be? When I ran ./configure I also did a ./configure --gui or whatever that command was. Did I do something wrong?
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