[MPlayer-users] How to select a substream in Windows Media 9 streaming?

Peter Buchmann peter.buchmann at gmx.net
Tue Jan 11 11:57:00 CET 2005


Seems to me like
'player -vid 3 -playlist mms://vipmms.itele.fr/cpi_itele'
does the trick. output says its 288x216. -vid 4 is the smaller
version and -vid 1 and -vid 2 dont work for me.
with -vid you can choose the video substream.

'man mplayer' kinda helps


PS: Im using the CVS Version so if you dont use it that could
also be the problem but im not really sure about that.

Aleksey Sudakov wrote:
> Hello,
> Looks like nowadays Windows Media streaming comes with multiple
> substreams.
> I am trying to view mms://vipmms.itele.fr/cpi_itele using mplayer and
> unfortunately mplayer is only capable of playing 31 kbps stream (192x144
> horrible picture) while Windows Media 9 Player could play the same
> stream at 102 kbps (nice 288x216 picture).
> "mplayer -v" reveals that the media 9 stream above contains
> 4 substreams, namely stream ID 1 - 16996 bps, ID 2 - 9013 bps, ID 3
> 89821 bps and finally stream ID 4 at 30549 bps. Windows Media Player
> could figure out the best stream for available bandwidth (and could do
> substream switching on the fly, but that's a different story). From my
> research into different multi-substream streams it looks like mplayer
> always pick stream ID 4 or the last substream (I am not sure for all
> streams that I came up with have 4 substreams). Adding -vid doesn't help
> at all (mplayer hangs on anything but -vid 4). Neither does -bandwidth
> 89821 (500 error from the server).
> So how could I specify which substream to play in multi-stream media 9
> stream?
> Thanks,
> Aleksey
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