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I'm trying to rip the video at, so I can play it at a faster speed. I paste into a firefox browser in Windows and MediaPlayer plays the thing. However if I try mplayer -dumpstream, it gets stuck into an infinite loop trying to play the file.

If I use wget to download the link, I get a small text file which basically points to the same URL. How can I get mplayer to download this stream?

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Have you tried adding a Referer: header to wget? – Teddy Nov 10 '09 at 16:17
Tried that..nope. – User1 Nov 12 '09 at 4:32
I checked and the stream doesn't exist anymore (using normal windows media player) Has it moved to a different location I can test ? – ohadsc Apr 16 '10 at 16:46

I don't know how to make the mplayer plugin capture a stream, but mplayer itself can capture streams fairly well. Try running from the command line. Either:

wget < your url > -O - | mplayer -cache 8192 -


mplayer < your url > -dumpstream -dumpfile < out file >
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mplayer puts these in an infinite loop. – User1 Nov 12 '09 at 4:33
I think the wget approach may work. I seem to be missing an avisynth.dll for windows I would need to actually play the lecture at your URl, however, the wget works & mplayer starts. Calling mplayer directly does cause it to get stuck in a loop. I'm 99% sure it's because when mplayer makes it's request, the response has ?MSWMExt=.asf. tacked on the end. That is going to cause mplayer alot of grief, but I don't know how to prevent it. – DaveParillo Nov 12 '09 at 5:10

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