V2.79, FLV/RTMP & .swfinfo

Fielden, Iain I.Fielden at shu.ac.uk
Thu Jan 13 09:13:03 EST 2011

I am running XP pro and I had V2.78 running just fine until a week ago, when I had to switch to the FLVstreamer method (thanks Zaphod).

I tried deleting C:\Documents and Settings\[USERNAME]\.swfinfo and switching the options file back to pointing to RTMP. That did not work, so it seems that simply nuking the .swfinfo occasionally does not help. (I may have misunderstood the posts that I read and missed out on something that needs to be done in addition to deleting .swfinfo).

I upgraded to V2.79, making sure that options and .swfinfo were both utterly deleted before the new install started.

Downloads under V2.79 then failed with the same message as with V2.78.

After the failed download attempt my .swfinfo  looked like this:

url: http://www.bbc.co.uk/emp/10player.swf
ctim: Thu, 13 Jan 2011 08:09:39 GMT
date: Mon, 26 Apr 2010 18:16:43 GMT
size: 000f926d
hash: c4e8996c5f691a323a3623ed079c726798eb249c95d67a6ff67329d16cb1bc2a

This .swfinfo was either put there by the installer or was downloaded from the Beeb today on Get_IPlayer's first and only connection.

I have since changed the options file to point back at FLVstreamer, and it is once more working for me, though with a lot of dropping and re-starting of downloads (which I understand is a feature of FLVstreamer and why RTMPdump is preferred - correct me if I'm wrong).

I hope this info is helpful.

Iain F

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