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bug #23284: video fails on news.bbc.co.uk

Submitter:  None
Submitted:  Sun 18 May 2008 03:34:37 PM UTC
Category:  RTMP and AMF Severity:  3 - Normal
Release:  None Status:  In Progress
Privacy:  Public Assigned to:  rsavoye
Open/Closed:  Open
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Tue 22 Jul 2008 02:44:10 PM UTC, comment #18: 

I have been grabbing video from other RTMP sites, like videolectures.net just fine. It should work already with the BBC, I'll have to find a URL and test it.

Rob Savoye <rsavoye>
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Tue 22 Jul 2008 06:43:49 AM UTC, comment #17: 

Marking as RTMP as that's the main obstacle at the moment. I wonder if it's possible to get the video with rtmpget.

This SWF is basically the same as the iPlayer, by the way, so once the news videos work, the streaming version of the iPlayer should be close (for those in the UK).

Benjamin Wolsey <bwy>
Group Member
Tue 20 May 2008 01:55:24 PM UTC, comment #16: 

That will change when RTMP is added.

Rob Savoye <rsavoye>
Group administrator
Tue 20 May 2008 10:29:07 AM UTC, comment #15: 

Currently NetConnection::connect pretty much just discards
the url given, we may as well print an UNIMPLEMENTED
message for anything different then NULL, which is used
for other kind of uses (usually real url is given in NetStream::play())

Sandro Santilli <strk>
Group Member
Tue 20 May 2008 09:55:49 AM UTC, comment #14: 

It should be easy to grab the "rtmp:" part of the URL when it's passed to NetConnection, and print a better error message. I'm traveling right now, so maybe one of the other devs can add this.

Rob Savoye <rsavoye>
Group administrator
Tue 20 May 2008 09:46:08 AM UTC, comment #13: 

Thanks for the analysis. In the meantime, it would be great to have better user feedback in this case. Even looking through the logs I wasn't able to work out for myself what the problem was.

David Woodhouse <dwmw2>
Tue 20 May 2008 08:44:59 AM UTC, comment #12: 

A quick check shows the BCC is using port 1935, ala RTMP, so this won't work until my current RTMP work is integrated into Gnash. This is on the TODO list for the next release (3+ months, not 0.8.3). As Adobe claims RTMP is now patented, it's also entirely likely nobody will be able to redistribute this in a binary package, even though it works. Once again software patents screw the end user, and only benefit monopolies. So anyway, the network connection fails because the RTMP handshake doesn't currently work.

Rob Savoye <rsavoye>
Group administrator
Mon 19 May 2008 12:50:14 PM UTC, comment #11: 

I'm gonna have to take "this works" back... I just now discovered that when I updated Ubuntu Hardy the other day, it installed the non-free plugin, which nuked Gnash. :-( So after nuking the non-free plugin, this doesn't work with Gnash cvs HEAD at all. Sorry for the incorrect response. Arg... Since I'm at the Ubuntu Developes Summit now, I reported this bug, and it turns out I
m not the only one having Hardy forcibly install the non-free plugin.

Rob Savoye <rsavoye>
Group administrator
Mon 19 May 2008 12:17:28 PM UTC, comment #10: 

From the log it looks like the timeout message comes
from the SWF itself, not gnash.
Beside, there are many UNIMPLEMENTED messages coming out
from gnash.

Apart from that, I can reproduce what seems an 'hung'
(but waiting some goes passed it)

I suspect this is one of those NetStream event order
related things. I'm running with gstreamer.

Rob, are you using ffmpeg ?

Sandro Santilli <strk>
Group Member
Mon 19 May 2008 10:59:27 AM UTC, comment #9: 

Doesn't seem to obey it. I clicked on gnash to play the stream at 11:55:53, and still get the timeout ten seconds later.

pmac /home/dwmw2 $ grep stream .gnashrc
set streamsTimeout 60


What network activity should I see after the HTTP request?

David Woodhouse <dwmw2>
Mon 19 May 2008 10:39:51 AM UTC, comment #8: 

You mentioned:

> This eventually says 'Timed out when trying to connect'

Try setting streams timeout to an higher number in your

# Timeout in seconds for stream download
# The download will timeout after the given seconds
# of inactivity. Every activity resets the timer
# Default: 10
set streamsTimeout 20

Sandro Santilli <strk>
Group Member
Mon 19 May 2008 09:20:43 AM UTC, comment #7: 

The i386 machine mentioned in comment #3 was Fedora 8. What packages might make a difference -- doesn't Gnash do all its network operation for itself?

Can you show the debug output (and a packet trace between you and the avclip.bbc.co.uk) so that we can compare how they differ with what I attached below?

David Woodhouse <dwmw2>
Mon 19 May 2008 08:17:53 AM UTC, comment #6: 

I tested this on an x86 machine running ubuntu Hardy, so my guess is it's probably a PPC related problem. although it could potentially be an issue with Fedora 9.

Rob Savoye <rsavoye>
Group administrator
Mon 19 May 2008 06:12:00 AM UTC, comment #5: 

It's never worked for me either. As far as I know, it's similar to the iPlayer design. If it works for Rob already, that's looking very promising!

Benjamin Wolsey <bwy>
Group Member
Sun 18 May 2008 08:24:31 PM UTC, comment #4: 

Also: when it first starts (before I click on it to start the video playing), is the bottom of the picture supposed to be red?


David Woodhouse <dwmw2>
Sun 18 May 2008 08:21:08 PM UTC, comment #3: 

Any ideas what might be different between your working system and my failing one? I tried building on i386 and that didn't fix it.

David Woodhouse <dwmw2>
Sun 18 May 2008 04:37:28 PM UTC, comment #2: 

Gnash CVS as of today, on Fedora 9 PPC.

 $ gnash --version
RcInitFile: parsing /usr/etc/gnashrc
RcInitFile: parsing /home/dwmw2/.gnashrc
Warning: unrecognized directive "splash_screen" in rcfile /home/dwmw2/.gnashrc line 2
Gnash cvs

Copyright (C) 2005, 2006, 2007, 2008 Free Software Foundation, Inc.
Gnash comes with NO WARRANTY, to the extent permitted by law.
You may redistribute copies of Gnash under the terms of the GNU General
Public License.  For more information, see the file named COPYING.

Build options cvs
   Renderer: agg - GUI: GTK - Media handler: gst
   Configured with: --disable-static --with-plugindir=/usr/lib/mozilla/plugins --enable-media=GST --prefix=/usr
   CXXFLAGS: -g -O2 -pthread -pthread     -W     -Wall     -Wcast-align     -Wcast-qual     -Wpointer-arith     -Wreturn-type      -fvisibility-inlines-hidden
Built against gstreamer version: 0.10.19
Linked against gstreamer version: 0.10.19

David Woodhouse <dwmw2>
Sun 18 May 2008 03:37:32 PM UTC, comment #1: 

What version of Gnash are you running ? (gnash --version) I just tried this link, and with Gnash cvs HEAD, the embedded video plays just fine for me.

Rob Savoye <rsavoye>
Group administrator
Sun 18 May 2008 03:34:37 PM UTC, original submission:  

http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/world/asia-pacific/7407119.stm ends up invoking gnash (almost) as follows:

/usr/bin/gtk-gnash -j 400 -k 260 -u http://news.bbc.co.uk/player/emp/2_2_2046/player.swf -F 57 -U http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/world/asia-pacific/7407119.stm -P allowfullscreen=true -P 'flashvars=config=http://news.bbc.co.uk/player/emp/config/default.xml&companionSize=300x30&companionType=adi&preroll=&config_settings_autoPlay=false&playlist=http%3A%2F%2Fnews.bbc.co.uk%2Fmedia%2Femp%2F7400000%2F7407200%2F7407212.xml&config_plugin_fmtjLiveStats_pageType=eav2&embedReferer=&config_plugin_fmtjLiveStats_edition=Domestic&embedPageUrl=/1/hi/world/asia-pacific/7407119.stm&' -P height=260 -P id=bbc_emp_fmtj_embed_emb -P name=embeddedPlayer_7407212 -P src=http://news.bbc.co.uk/player/emp/2_2_2046/player.swf -P type=application/x-shockwave-flash -P width=400 -P wmode=default http://news.bbc.co.uk/player/emp/2_2_2046/player.swf

This eventually says 'Timed out when trying to connect' somewhere lost in the debug output, while the GUI just freezes. There was no traffic between this machine and avclip.bbc.co.uk ( apart from the following HTTP transaction:

GET /fcs/ident HTTP/1.1

User-Agent: Gnash-cvs

Host: avclip.bbc.co.uk

Accept: /

HTTP/1.1 200 OK

Cache-Control: no-cache

Connection: Keep-Alive

Content-Length: 74

Server: FlashCom/2.5.4

Content-Type: application/xml

<?xml version="1.0" encoding="utf-8" ?>



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    2008-07-22 bwy Categoryvideo RTMP and AMF
    2008-05-20 rsavoye StatusConfirmed In Progress
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