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Author Topic: Streaming video as screensaver...  (Read 6192 times)

Jabberwock

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Streaming video as screensaver...
« on: October 13, 2008, 02:35:25 PM »
Hello,

I wanted to please my kid and show the streaming video of the panda cub from the Atlanta Zoo, found here:
http://afczoo-pandac...40d7b732de6049586894

as a screensaver... However, much to my surprise, there is no working software that could do that?

I've found one program, Active Player Screensaver, but it refuses to play that video link (complaining about a decompressor). What's funny, it does not play even the sample feed it has configured...

Microsoft has a plugin for Windows Media Player, but this one only plays files, not Internet streaming video (beats me why, as it uses the same WMP functionality).

I know I can fake it by starting WMP after scheduled idle time, but I hoped for a more elegant solution...

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Re: Streaming video as screensaver...
« Reply #1 on: October 17, 2008, 09:02:08 AM »
- a gentle voice told me, the link is not valid.


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Re: Streaming video as screensaver...
« Reply #2 on: October 17, 2008, 11:56:01 AM »
Yeah, got that, too.

You can get there from:
http://www.zooatlant...imals_panda_cam.php4

It's Windows Movie 9, I think.

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Re: Streaming video as screensaver...
« Reply #3 on: October 17, 2008, 12:19:47 PM »
I was lucky with the timing, the thing was actually MOVING when I watched!  :up:

 :P

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To my (lack of) understanding you only have a choice to save&use the playlist - but I haven't tried to do so with this particular stream. In the end the visible picture may be too small to use as a screensaver? Rather use it as a widget 'on the side' if you have a widescreen monitor.

Edit:
url to test: http://afczoo-pandac...191300be4557d3f2d5fb

« Last Edit: October 17, 2008, 12:27:15 PM by Curt »

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Re: Streaming video as screensaver...
« Reply #4 on: October 17, 2008, 12:53:33 PM »
I have no problem actually running it with Media Player (even in fullscreen, with the proper command line option). I am using this with one of the screensaver "fakers", which launch Media Player after specific idle time. However, this has all the disadvantages of not running proper screesaver, i.e. I have to close the window manually when I get back to work, some events from other applications get on top, etc.

Therefore, I hoped there might be an actual screensaver that would display streaming video. That is, there is one I mentioned at the top, but it is not working...

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Re: Streaming video as screensaver...
« Reply #5 on: October 17, 2008, 01:00:20 PM »
In Windows XP you can get the Windows XP Video Screensaver PowerToy that uses Windows Media Player as the screensaver.

I think that you should be able to select a playlist to play, from the options. If you can get the stream saved as a playlist file, it should work.


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Re: Streaming video as screensaver...
« Reply #6 on: October 17, 2008, 01:09:36 PM »
Unfortunately, this does not work... It crashes when I put URL or a playlist with the URL in the specified directory. Regular movies work just fine.

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Re: Streaming video as screensaver...
« Reply #7 on: October 17, 2008, 01:12:06 PM »
I have no problems playing the video with Active Media Player - just use the url I provided: http://afczoo-pandac...191300be4557d3f2d5fb

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Re: Streaming video as screensaver...
« Reply #8 on: October 17, 2008, 01:18:48 PM »
Well, it does not work for me, as I wrote before.

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Re: Streaming video as screensaver...
« Reply #9 on: October 17, 2008, 01:27:12 PM »
I've found one program, Active Player Screensaver, but it refuses to play that video link (complaining about a decompressor). What's funny, it does not play even the sample feed it has configured...

Maybe it's a codec problem. You could try installing the K-Lite Codec Pack.


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Re: Streaming video as screensaver...
« Reply #10 on: October 17, 2008, 02:34:09 PM »
- as it is Windows Media 9, it shouldn't have to do with the codecs

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Re: Streaming video as screensaver...
« Reply #11 on: October 18, 2008, 05:53:05 AM »
KMplayer has a 'desktop' mode where the video is played on the desktop itself.

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Re: Streaming video as screensaver...
« Reply #12 on: October 18, 2008, 07:33:40 AM »
So do many other players, but thats not a screensaver.  This is a very valid question.  I wonder if some amazing Donation Coder could cook one of these up?
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