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Authored by: robg on Jul 06, '04 09:31:58AM
But in my opinion, it's just an expansion on this one, so here's 'anonymous' comment:
After getting bored of watching buffering counters slowly count up to 100% in Windows Media Player and Real(One)Player, I stumbled across an old hint (Rip MP3 and windows media streams from the command line). Reviewing this, I downloaded the latest binary on mplayer compiled for Mac OS 10.3. Using the -dumpfile and -dumpstream command, I was able to capture (and watch flawlessly) Windows Media and Real Media streams (namely 'Alan Alda in Scientific American Frontiers' at http://www.pbs.org/saf). Previous versions did not allow Real Media streams, but the addition is a welcome one.

The easiest way to find the Windows Media or Real Media URL is to drop the little RM or ASF file on TextEdit and copy the mms or rtsp address from there into mplayer in the command line (they are easy to download: type in the address for the ASF or RM file in Safari, "grab" the little icon at the far left of the address and "drop" it into the download window).

After you know the address, open mplayer in the command line and use the -dumpfile and -dumpstream commands:

% mplayer -dumpfile ???.wmv -dumpstream mms://copied.url.here
or
% mplayer -dumpfile ???.rm -dumpstream rtsp://copied.url.here


Remember to replace the mms://copied.url.here or rtsp://copied.url.here with your own URL (from TextEdit) and the ??? with your desired file name (with the appropriate extension)!
-rob.

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Authored by: chyna4xena on Jul 06, '04 08:49:32PM
When viewing and copying the rtsp URL out of the file for use on the command line, remember to properly escape special characters. One site uses a
!
character in all its rtsp URLs, which has to be entered as
\!
on the command line (whether quotes are used or not).

I had trouble getting any version of mplayer to rip and dumpfile certain rtsp streams (most streams worked, though), in particular, the vids off the Australian Big Brother site.

After several days of messing around, the solution that worked for me was to download the RealPlayer 8 PPC codecs from the mplayer site, then download and build the live.com streaming libraries (the docs tell you where to place the RealPlayer PPC codecs) and finally building mplayer v1.0pre4 (with the options set to include streaming, of course).

It took an age to go through all this nonsense, but I have since not encountered an unrippable rtsp stream anywhere.


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