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Old 05-01-2013, 02:57 AM   #1
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Help for mplayer

hi everyone,
i want to play a series files with mplayer but i want to play them a few seconds, for example:
file #1 is a mp3 file with 3:45 time, but i want to play it for 30seconds and after it mplayer exit automatically and exit code must be true for mplayer (it must be 0). i mean if i kill mplayer after 30 seconds with "kill" command, exit code will be 1, but mplayer did correct with mp3 file!!

anyone helppppppppp.
Old 05-01-2013, 03:27 AM   #2
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ffmpeg has the -t and -to options which allow it to stop after a certain period of time, you could try filtering the mp3 file through ffmpeg into mplayer.
so something like

ffmpeg -i something.mp3 -to 10 -f wav -  | mplayer - -cache 8092
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Old 05-01-2013, 03:52 AM   #3
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tanx flamelord, useful, now if i want to play mms links with mplayer, what i must do for playing just a few seconds? for example:
"mplayer mms://link: port"
i knew the way, that in .mplayer/conf can set an option for setting the play time, but i forget that option, in manual of mplayer i didnt find it. (like volume=0)
Old 05-01-2013, 04:03 AM   #4
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You can use a combination of the -ss and -endpos flags if you need to play a specified portion of a file.
The "-ss TIME" flag seeks to the specified position in the file, while the "-endpos TIME" flag specifies how much of the file will be played.
So, for example, a command line like this
mplayer -ss 0:02:00 -endpos 0:20:00 FILE
will play FILE starting from the second minute (0:02:00) for exactly 20 minutes (0:20:00), which corresponds to the 22nd minute of FILE (0:22:00).
You can also specify time by using natural numbers that are interpreted as seconds.
Regarding the return value, I guess you can wrap the mplayer command in a script and trap the kill/close signal.
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