[MPlayer-users] problem seeking in videos

Corey Hickey bugfood-ml at fatooh.org
Sun Jan 25 04:01:40 CET 2004

dave giffin wrote:
> I have a wrapper script that runs mplayer.
> When I tell mplayer (via the 'slave protocol') to seek
> to a certain time, using "seek [seconds] 2" on certain
> AVIs, it doesn't work right.
> For example, if I tell mplayer to seek to 2 minutes 0
> seconds, it will go to 1 minute 35 seconds.
> I know that the error is not with my wrapper script.
> what should i try to fix this problem.
> I'm using mplayer-1.0pre3 on an athlon-xp with Debian
> sarge, XFree86-4.3 and a 2.4.22 linux kernel
> :)

What is the exact slave command you're sending to mplayer?

If I run:
$ cat | mplayer -slave somemovie.avi

...and then type:
seek 120 2

mplayer seeks to 120 seconds, no problem.

However, be aware that seeking precisely in any type of video other than
avi (and perhaps mpeg) can be problematic.


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