[MPlayer-users] use mplayer with slow rtmp stream

Reimar Döffinger Reimar.Doeffinger at gmx.de
Sun Mar 6 20:43:14 CET 2016

On Sun, Mar 06, 2016 at 07:44:46PM +0100, john smith wrote:
> I use rtmpdump to get a livestream I want to put as a screensaver
> inside mplayer inside xscreensaver.  The command I use is:
> rtmpdump -live -r 'rtmp://cdn-03.whatsupcams.com/live/es_laspalmas3' \
>          -W http://www.whatsupcams.com/static/flowplayer/flowplayer.swf \
>          -quiet | mplayer -cache 8192 -
> The problem is that playback does not start at all but only in a
> couple of minutes, instead I get a lot of this:
> Cache empty, consider increasing -cache and/or -cache-min. [performance issue]

There are a few things that go wrong.
On in particular is that FFmpeg has issues with the audio stream,
it thinks there is one but it can't figure out the format.
All issues can be worked around with:
-lavfdopts probesize=32 -demuxer lavf

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