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Better Video player suggestions ? flv/swf

Post by Shotokan101 » Thu Oct 16, 2008 2:16 pm

Hi - I'm looking for a free (preferably) video player application that will play .swf and .flv files and allow better playuback control - e.g. pause/frame advance/playback speed control etc.

Any suggestions ?

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Post by Steve » Thu Oct 16, 2008 2:18 pm

What happened? Did you break the "pause" function on the last one? :twisted:
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Post by Shotokan101 » Thu Oct 16, 2008 2:22 pm

Steve wrote:What happened? Did you break the "pause" function on the last one? :twisted:
Naught Boy :beat:
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Post by thechief » Thu Oct 16, 2008 2:48 pm

SUPER is an excellent free video converter. If any of your current players has that feature, you can use it convert flv or swf files to formats that they support.
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Post by thechief » Thu Oct 16, 2008 2:49 pm

Shotokan101 wrote:Naught Boy :beat:
Missing a "y" somewhere? :smirk:
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Post by Shotokan101 » Thu Oct 16, 2008 2:55 pm

Indeed Chief "y"not :D

...I've got Super and know that I can convert to mpeg etc. and use standard players but I'm really trying to find a native player with the extra funtionality - I've tried a couple of flv players but none so far have frame advance etc....

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Post by Neo » Thu Oct 16, 2008 3:17 pm

I use VLC media player, but I'm not sure it has the all features you want...
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Post by Shotokan101 » Thu Oct 16, 2008 3:20 pm

Thanks Neo - I'll have a look - at this point in time "any" of my wishlist would be an improvement :wink:

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P.S. - ever considered writing a media player Neo :lol:

P.P.S. In case anyone is interested the reason I'm looking for these features is to allow detailed analysis of Martial Arts Videos from Youtube and similar sites - and not to view "Pr0n" in greater detail as Steve suggested..... :lol:

EDIT: - from the docs. it looks like it does support frame advance - but that may be input media dependant of course so I'll try it out tonight.

Not sure if it supports .swf....
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Post by Shotokan101 » Fri Oct 17, 2008 1:45 pm

update: - THE HUNT GOES ON :cry:

Despite the screen pics in the Docs. VLC doesn't support frame advance.
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Post by Kieran » Fri Oct 17, 2008 6:24 pm

Command line mplayer will do all of those things for you and more
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Post by Shotokan101 » Fri Oct 17, 2008 11:39 pm

Kieran wrote:Command line mplayer will do all of those things for you and more
"Command Line" :shock:

...I'll have a look Kieran - I was beginning to think that there must be a structure reason with the file format that didn't allow frame indexing....

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Post by Neo » Fri Oct 17, 2008 11:53 pm

Shotokan101 wrote:I was beginning to think that there must be a structure reason with the file format that didn't allow frame indexing...
Well Flash is proprietry and doesn't use the same frame encoding as regular mpeg or similar movie file formats ;)
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Post by Shotokan101 » Fri Oct 17, 2008 11:56 pm

Neo wrote:
Shotokan101 wrote:I was beginning to think that there must be a structure reason with the file format that didn't allow frame indexing...
Well Flash is proprietry and doesn't use the same frame encoding as regular mpeg or similar movie file formats ;)

...so does this mean you CANNOT frame advance or reverse then ?
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Post by Neo » Sat Oct 18, 2008 12:11 am

Shotokan101 wrote:...so does this mean you CANNOT frame advance or reverse then ?
...well not in the traditional sense, but you can probably make a good approximation by reading data either side of the current time. The author(s) of MPlayer may well have found a solution :)

If they haven't, I could probably come up with a very basic player that could pause after very short intervals to give the impression of frame-advance...
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Post by Shotokan101 » Sat Oct 18, 2008 12:18 am

Thanks Neo - I'll check out mplaye and some of it's gui front ends and then I'll let you have my user requirements spec. :lol:

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