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#127 Some videos are downloaded instead of being played

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Kevin DeKorte
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2007-02-25
2007-02-25
Itay
No

When a video file is loaded in the URL or linked from a
web page (but not embedded) it is usually played.
In some web pages the video is downloaded instead.

Example:

In this web page:
http://www.inscapepublishing.com/ed/video.asp
videos are played in the browser.
(http://www.inscapepublishing.com/ed/video/PureStyles.wmv)

but in this:
http://www.ngja.org/pub/0607/video/mtc21-hb/index.html
they are downloaded.
(http://www.ngja.org/pub/0607/video/mtc21-hb/hb-elgrip1.wmv)

Discussion

  • Kevin DeKorte
    Kevin DeKorte
    2007-02-25

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    The mimetype of the problem site is set wrong.

    Output from wget that shows mimetype
    wget http://www.ngja.org/pub/0607/video/mtc21-hb/hb-elgrip1.wmv
    --12:38:50-- http://www.ngja.org/pub/0607/video/mtc21-hb/hb-elgrip1.wmv
    Resolving www.ngja.org... 64.17.173.2
    Connecting to www.ngja.org|64.17.173.2|:80... connected.
    HTTP request sent, awaiting response... 200 OK
    Length: 639066 (624K) [text/plain]
    Saving to: `hb-elgrip1.wmv'

    100%[=======================================>] 639,066 245K/s in 2.5s

    12:38:53 (245 KB/s) - `hb-elgrip1.wmv' saved [639066/639066]

    See where the type is text/plain. This is wrong and so the plugin is never given the file. Have the site fix there files. This is not something that can be fixed in the plugin since the plugin is never given the files to play.

     
  • Kevin DeKorte
    Kevin DeKorte
    2007-02-25

    • status: open --> closed-wont-fix
     
  • Itay
    Itay
    2007-02-25

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    Isn't there a way to add an item to right-click menu on a movie link ("open with mplayer plugin") so it will be opened with the plugin?

     
  • Kevin DeKorte
    Kevin DeKorte
    2007-02-25

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    Nope, there does not seem to be a way to do that. However, there is away around that...

    Install "GNOME MPlayer" this is another app I wrote. You can get it from http://dekorte.homeip.net/download/gnome-mplayer
    And then when it asks you to save select "Open with GNOME MPlayer" and then that will open the video in a new window. I tried that today and it seems to work rather well.

     
  • Itay
    Itay
    2007-02-25

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    Thanks! since I'm using KDE I think I'll choose a native one, such as kplayer