Playing/downloading .ram streams with mplayer
I've searched about it quite a lot, but wasn't able to find a solution yet.
The problem comes specifically from addresses like this:
(lecture from the paleontologist Peter Ward)
I've tried things like:
mplayer -v -playlist <address>
mplayer -v -playlist -dumpstream <address> -dumpfile <name.I.made.up.rm>
mplayer -v -playlist <address> -dumpstream -dumpfile <name.I.made.up.rm>
And other permutations of the parameters, but to no avail.
I was testing whether this sort of "indirect" address ("php?id=####" is what I mean by "indirect", I don't know if that's the correct jargon) was the problem, and I think it may be. I tried:
mplayer -playlist http://www.dreamworks.com/trailers/i...lr3_rm_750.ram -dumpstream -dumpfile island.rmv
...which I got from a page on the gentoo wiki, and it partly succeeded, but only weirdly mininally.... there must be only like 3 frames downloaded or less, but enough to see that something was downloaded (I can pause on a green screen with that message "the following preview has been approved for all audiences").
I know that I can download the .ram, then get the address of the .smi, download it, then get the address of the rstp://, but there must be a way to speed things up... as realplayer itself plays directly from the .ram on the internet, or even from this sort of "indirect address" I mentioned before.