Watching video

Discussion in 'Mac Apps and Mac App Store' started by opusthe2nd, Nov 11, 2005.

  1. opusthe2nd macrumors 6502

    opusthe2nd

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    I am looking for someone to show me how I can watch news video on my PB. I have WMP, Mplayer, QT, Flip4Mac and I still cant watch much.

    We dont have TV and I like to keep up on the news and such. Cant seem to do it in OS X, and hate with a passion to go to Windows, but I will if that is the only way to get it done.

    Cant get any video on this page: http://www.ktvb.com/
     
  2. yellow Moderator emeritus

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    Doesn't look like a Mac friendly site.. my guess is they're using the Windows DRM encoded version of WMV files. Which you're NEVER going to get working on a Mac until Microsoft releases an updated WMPlater for Mac OS X.

    Which you have a better chance of winning a billion dollars in a lottery you don't buy a ticket for.
     
  3. macbaseball macrumors 6502a

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    I'm not sure if were talking about the same videos, but they all worked fine for me with Windows Media Player. I just clicked on two or three videos on the front page.
     
  4. yellow Moderator emeritus

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    Strange.. I cannot get WMP to even run on any Tiger boxes.. but with Flip4Mac, the video is just blank (white).

    Seems they all die with some sort of 'ad-click' that never appears.
     
  5. opusthe2nd thread starter macrumors 6502

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    Any video on that homepage, I just get a white box. The question is, why can you view it and I cant?
     
  6. MisterMe macrumors G4

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    The stream most certainly plays in WMP 9 for MacOS X. However, saying that "they all worked fine" is a gross overstatement. The video is the worse that I have ever seen. I get the feeling that it is optimized for a 1200 baud dial-up line.

    opusthe2nd, on the first attempt to play the video there is an error message that says the stream is not recognized. The error message is not true. I wonder if you saw it and, if you did, did you take it seriously.
     
  7. tag macrumors 6502a

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    Can download the videos directly with a touch of work...

    As a person who never does anything the easy way, I found that you can easily ( well easily, but not that easily ) download any of the videos from this site and view them through Flip4mac decoder ( will most likely run in WMP as well but I dont have that). This route wont let you view them on their website ktvb.com, but you will be able to download them to view them.

    INSTRUCTIONS:

    1) got o KTVB.com and open up a page that has a video you want to watch.

    2) after that page loads enough view its source

    3) search for the first part of the URL by searching for 'mms://'
    it should result with something like... "mms://beloint.wmod.llnwd.net/a125/o1/"

    4) get the second half of the URL by searching for '/cgi-bin/bi/video/makeadplaylist.pl?title='

    you then take the part directly after the '=' and before the '&'
    ie. '/cgi-bin/bi/video/makeadplaylist.pl?title=www.ktvb.com/arsoninvestigation.wmv&adurl="+wmPlayer_adurl+'

    take 'www.ktvb.com/arsoninvestigation.wmv'
    (for a shortcut, this second half of the url should be in the page url as well.

    5) Now put the two parts together, and get the video address
    mms://beloint.wmod.llnwd.net/a125/o1/www.ktvb.com/arsoninvestigation.wmv

    6) Now this file can't be downloaded easily so you need a specialty program, I use ASFRecorderX, though there are a few different programs that do this. If using ASFRecorderX, put the URL in the URL field and set the client Tool to mmsclient and hit start and it will download it for you into watchable video (note that for some reason on this app for me anyways it always downloads the video to the root directory '/' when using mmsclient tool)

    So there you go, its not pretty by a long shot, but it does work. Though it may not be worth it to you to bother with this much work.

    Can grab ASFRecorderX from here ...
    http://www.versiontracker.com/dyn/moreinfo/macosx/21171&vid=129151
     
  8. opusthe2nd thread starter macrumors 6502

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    Interesting....and I paid $1900 to do this. :)

    I just did a clean install because this has infuriated me to no end. I figured I could start that way...and go from there. The only thing by way of media player that I loaded was flip4mac. I cant view any .wmv video anywhere now. So, lets recap, $1910 and nothing works. :)
     
  9. tag macrumors 6502a

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    Also did you restart after installing flip4mac? I can't be 100% positive, but I would swear that you need to restart after installing it before it is fully functional.
     
  10. opusthe2nd thread starter macrumors 6502

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  11. Chundles macrumors G4

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    I use WMP and Tiger and they work fine together.
     
  12. opusthe2nd thread starter macrumors 6502

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    Rebooted, now I have some sites that will play.
     
  13. tag macrumors 6502a

    tag

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    Yes flip4mac will play most .wmv files as long as they aren't streamed through mms:// if it is, then you must download them with a variant of the above crappy process, though once you do, flip4mac will be able to decode them.
     

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