[MPlayer-users] -ss option time descrepancy

Michel Bardiaux mbardiaux at peaktime.be
Mon Sep 13 13:39:58 CEST 2004

D Richard Felker III wrote:


> this will not help. -ss 00:10:00 is exactly the same as -ss 600. the
> problem is that mplayer's seeking sucks, but you _cannot_ do correct
> seeking in an mpeg file without reading the _entire_ thing from the
> start up to the point you want to seek to...

If one assumes an MPEG-PS format with correct timestamps, correct 
seeking to a particulat frame using repeated bisection then a little bit 
of MxV parsing should work, no? Of course the problem is then to 
*decode* non-key frames, especially when faced with variable GOP size or 
  open GOPs...

So ITYM 'seeking in a pathological MPEG'?

> :( and of course that
> sucks too, because seeking will take 5 minutes or something...

Michel Bardiaux
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Tel : +32 2 790.29.41

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