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Alternative way to play streams
Streams are usually streamed using retarded Adobe RTMP protocol, which no one player understands. But there is now a working workaround using rtmpdump. For example:
rtmpdump -r rtmp://fms5.visionip.tv/live/RT_3 -v -e -o - | vlc -
This command makes rtmpdump to download and output stream to stdout, and "vlc -" means "read stream from stdin". This example would work with any player that support reading stream from stdin. What also could work is saving stream into a
file and playing this file at the same time.
rtmpdump is also available as library, meaning you only have to make thought about how to forward stream to a player.
Using players other than f§$%/!n flash have obvious advantages like possibility to correct brightness, contrast, make volume higher as 100% (in case you are using laptop loudspeakers normal volume can be not enough), probably saving stream while playing. They
are also much faster that $$$G* flash (i really hope flash player will die someday).