How to Play uploaded media files instead of downloading them ?

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  1. sa3er, Oct 15, 2011
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    sa3er macrumors member

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    for example somebody uploaded a MP4 movie
    when i click on it the browser will download it ...
    is there anyway i play it instead of downloading it ? in that way if i don't interested on that file i will not waste my bandwidth ...

    is there any online flash player which i put URL of a file on it and it start playing it ?
     
  2. MacNut macrumors Core

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    You can not play flash of any kind using iOS.
     
  3. fireshot91 macrumors 601

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    This..isn't in the iOS section?

    He means on a desktop...
     
  4. MacNut macrumors Core

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    That's why I hate the mobile version of MR. Everything is too small.
     
  5. sa3er thread starter macrumors member

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    lol :D

    macbook silly no iphone :p

    any way to do that ? would be very handy
     
  6. LoganT macrumors 68020

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    If you download Atomic Browser, you can download files to your device.
     
  7. sa3er thread starter macrumors member

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    guys ! why you don't understand :eek:
    i want to play and watch the file instead of downloading it
     
  8. iJohnHenry macrumors P6

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    The data has to get to you, you can't get to it.

    You cannot avoid bandwidth usage, if that's what you are after.

    Delete the resulting file when you have finished watching it.
     
  9. LoganT macrumors 68020

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    You would save bandwidth if you downloaded the file, because you wouldn't have to use data again when you watch it a second time.
     
  10. sa3er thread starter macrumors member

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    i only watch one time no need to view same clip for second time :rolleyes:
     
  11. AdrianK macrumors 68020

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  12. LoganT macrumors 68020

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    If you download it or stream it, it uses the same amount of bandwidth.
     
  13. LoganT macrumors 68020

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    Answer me this: When you watch a YouTube video, how do you think you are watching it?
     
  14. iJohnHenry macrumors P6

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    This conceptual problem might be beyond his powers of comprehension.

    OP, can you successfully lift yourself up by your own boot-straps?

    No??

    Same principle applies.
     
  15. r1ch4rd macrumors 6502a

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    Actually, you do use slightly less data when you stream something. Streaming isn't quite the same as downloading.

    With streaming, all of the contents of the file are fired towards your PC in order and your PC will play the contents as received, buffering anything that it doesn't need just yet.

    If any packets don't make it to your PC and you have passed that point in the stream, they are not requested again. They are just written off.

    This is why sometimes your picture quality dips when you stream something - the video player is compensating for lost data but keeps the picture going. It's more important to keep going and not ruin the flow than it is to get the lost data (pausing the stream in the process).

    Also - if you skip over any of the film, you don't download the parts that you didn't watch (unless they got buffered).

    With downloading, the file gets sent to you in any old order. You might receive the back end of it first. Any lost packets are re-requested and eventually you end up with the full file.

    The key thing with streaming is that the server you are requesting from has to understand the order in which to send things. A web server does not typically know how to do this for an arbitrary file format. The file format may not make this easy. This is why specific file formats such as flv are used.

    So - unfortunately you can't just stream anything you want.

    EDIT: Please note - sometimes your browser may trick you into thinking that you are streaming something when it is just downloading it and playing back. This can work fine for small files over a fast connection. It's not always easy to tell what is actually happening.
     

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