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  1. #1
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    Microsoft Windows Player files...

    Hi Folks -

    I was wondering if anyone has tried to install some sort of server to support WMV files on a Linux box?

    My client had told me he had real video files, so I installed Real Server basic, and then I discovered they were WMV files.

    I checked out the MS site, but couldn't really find much info, at least nothing around about Linux.


    Thanks,

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    No, you cannot "stream" MS asf or wmx files on a Linux box.
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    Yeah, that's kind of what I was afraid of.

    Thanks for the reply!


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    However you can http stream asf and wmv files on linux.

    Code:
    <ASX version="3">
       <Entry>
          <ref href="http://www.domain.com/location/of/file.wmv"/>
       </Entry>
    </ASX>
    Also don't forget to register the mime types

    http://msdn.microsoft.com/library/de.../html/mime.asp

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    Originally posted by Rich2k
    However you can http stream asf and wmv files on linux.

    Code:
    <ASX version="3">
       <Entry>
          <ref href="http://www.domain.com/location/of/file.wmv"/>
       </Entry>
    </ASX>
    Also don't forget to register the mime types

    http://msdn.microsoft.com/library/de.../html/mime.asp
    That was it!!!! Thanks Rich! I will hopefully have another happy customer!!!


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    But remember, if you go through http, it's not streaming. It's just progressive download. If their files are not large and they don't have too many files, it will be ok.

    But if they have many files, I think it's better to get a Windows server.
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    Originally posted by maxbear
    But remember, if you go through http, it's not streaming. It's just progressive download. If their files are not large and they don't have too many files, it will be ok.

    But if they have many files, I think it's better to get a Windows server.
    That's true... His files aren't very big though, and I don't plan on offering this as part of my normal packages. He was one of my first customers, so I always try to treat him extra special.


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    Yes and you can only encode for one speed per file. However if you encode for 256k and label it broadband it is very likely that it will download faster than viewing... interestingly the MSDN and window media sites still calls it 'http streaming'.

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