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I am attempting to stream lectures via the MMS protocol (mms://xxxx/xxx/xxx.wmv) in Windows and Linux Mint 11. In Windows, this is no problem using Windows Media Player. In Linux, however, I have to change the protocol in VLC's network stream tab to RTSP.

The problem is:

I can't speed up the playback (ie. 1.5x, I have to save time).
The time bar doesn't work, so you can't tell how far into a lecture you are or how much time is left.

How can I stream videos over MMS in Linux while preserving the ability to change playback speed and view playback progress?

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so i guess this isn't an easy problem ? – saeed hardan Nov 19 '11 at 22:34

Using VLC 1.1.11 you should be able to see the time elapsed and total time remaining in your stream. I am not sure about speed but you should be able to fast forward. vlc -I rc rtsp://xxxx/xxx/xxx.wmv or vlc -I rc mms://xxxx/xxx/xxx.wmv is the correct format. Please note that mms is just a protocol rollover as its been deprecated in favour of rtsp.

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the time bar now works fine , but fast forwarding not , and : "mms is just a protocol rollover as its been deprecated in favour of rtsp" this is what bugs me , why it would work in windows media player and not vlc. – saeed hardan Nov 30 '11 at 19:03
While streaming mms in VLC you can click anywhere in the time bar to seek to that position. Try this vlc mmsh://xxx/xxx.wmv MMSH will stream MMS over HTTP – Dejan Dec 1 '11 at 21:25
no it still doesn't work , only vlc rtsp://XXXX/Xxx.wmv works , but also without the possibility of fast forwarding ... – saeed hardan Dec 4 '11 at 10:46

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