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I haven't been able to play videos from here. I tried Moonlight, but it doesn't show an image, just sound, and sometimes some part of the image, but mostly a black canvass. Thanks.

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Works here (chromium 15.0.something, x86_64). – Mat Oct 19 '11 at 18:50
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Yes, you can extract the url from the HTML-source and use mplayer:

$ mplayer -ao pulse mms://proedvid.stanford.edu/videocontent/knuth/musings/981203/981203-knuth-500.wmv

The playback (audio/video) works fine on a Ubuntu 11.04 system.

You can automate this a bit, e.g. via:

$ curl -s -S 'http://myvideos.stanford.edu/player/slplayer.aspx?coll=ea60314a-53b3-4be2-8552-dcf190ca0c0b&co=40ac3a89-a6a2-439f-8f74-64d250a12818&o=true' | \
  grep mms  | sed 's/.*\(mms:\/\/[^"]\+\)".*/\1/'
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Excellent! Thank you for this. – Dervin Thunk Oct 19 '11 at 20:19
This works (and the videos are great :), Using ffmpeg -i it shows 2 video streams (500kbps and 300kbps) and 1 audio.. I demuxed the 500kpbs (358.7 MB) and the audio (49.0 MB). The full file is 568.3 MB, so this means 160.6 MB is extra. I haven't been able to demux this phantom stream, but something is going on.. The video is 99.37 minutes and the 500kbps stream's size confirms that pretty closely.. Any ideas about what is going on with this? ... The demux commands were ffmpeg -map 0:0 -vcodec copy -i "$1" -an -y "$1".0.wmv and similar for the audio with .asf output... – Peter.O Oct 20 '11 at 20:17
PS.. I used a different mplayer command to your example to get the stream, but the 'mms://...` was the same. Here is the command I used: mplayer -dumpstream -dumpfile "Donald-Knuth.wmv" "$( curl -s -S "$URI" |grep mms |sed -r 's|.*(mms://[^"]+)".*|\1|' )" – Peter.O Oct 20 '11 at 20:21

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