You don't appear to have any compatible media plugins

Vangelis forthnet northmedia1 at
Fri Apr 4 18:01:33 PDT 2014

On Fri Apr 4 01:02:01 BST 2014, dinkypumpkin wrote:

>That's a blast from the antediluvian past.
>I don't think get_iplayer ever could download RealVideo clips, just audio.

As ever, you are correct; however, the OP can save the realmedia clip to 
by using mplayer, already part of the GiP installation...
I do have the realplayer plugin installed in my browser (Fx 24.4.0esr), I 
went to
the URL initially posted, i.e.

activated the plugin and reloaded the page, having Fx's webconsole open;
that revealed the ram playlist URL, which is:

Open this in an editor and the true rtsp URL of the videoclip is revealed:

Dump via mplayer:

mplayer -bandwidth 9999999 -dumpstream -dumpfile rippingyarns_ep3_4x3_nb.rm 
rtsp:// -vc 
null -vo null -ao null

Command Prompt window output:

C:\Program Files\get_iplayer\mplayer\MPlayer-1.0rc2>mplayer -bandwidth 
9999999 -
dumpstream -dumpfile rippingyarns_ep3_4x3_nb.rm 
ide/nb/rippingyarns_ep3_4x3_nb.rm -vc null -vo null -ao null
MPlayer 1.0rc2-4.2.1 (C) 2000-2007 MPlayer Team
CPU: Intel(R) Core(TM)2 Duo CPU     T5250  @ 1.50GHz (Family: 6, Model: 15, 
ping: 13)
CPUflags:  MMX: 1 MMX2: 1 3DNow: 0 3DNow2: 0 SSE: 1 SSE2: 1
Compiled with runtime CPU detection.

Playing rtsp://
Resolving for AF_INET...
Connecting to server[]: 554...
Cache size set to 640 KBytes
realrtsp: Stream EOF detected
Core dumped ;)

Exiting... (End of file)

C:\Program Files\get_iplayer\mplayer\MPlayer-1.0rc2>

It's a tiny file (523 KB only), with these specs:

Format                           : RealMedia
File size                        : 524 KiB
Duration                         : 51s 838ms
Overall bit rate                 : 75.0 Kbps
Movie name                       :
Performer                        :
Copyright                        : (c) BBC

ID                               : 1
Format                           : RealVideo 2
Codec ID                         : RV20
Codec ID/Info                    : Based on H.263, Real Player 6
Duration                         : 50s 886ms
Bit rate                         : 59.0 Kbps
Width                            : 192 pixels
Height                           : 144 pixels
Display aspect ratio             : 4:3
Frame rate                       : 15.000 fps
Bits/(Pixel*Frame)               : 0.142
Stream size                      : 366 KiB (70%)

ID                               : 0
Format                           : ACELP
Codec ID                         : sipr
Codec ID/Info                    : Real Player 4
Duration                         : 51s 838ms
Bit rate                         : 16.0 Kbps
Channel(s)                       : 1 channel
Sampling rate                    : 16.0 KHz
Bit depth                        : 16 bits
Stream size                      : 101 KiB (19%)

To playback locally, OP needs a RealMedia capable player;
I'm on Win32, so RealPlayer, Media Player Classic Home Cinema, VLC
or the CLI FFplay will do the job...


I highly appreciate it when you make me learn English words I do not already 
The previous one was "vestigial"...

Take care,

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