Minh wrote:I'm not really sure how a web server would know where the 22nd minute of a WMV begins. Could you give me an example of a HTTP media that can start at an arbitrary point?
Well lets suppose I am going to make a link to inside the video, first I'd have to watch it to know where the interesting content is right?
I am not certain it would work, but you could simply just try determine the number of bytes into the stream (could be hard) and then have the videolink contain both the byte pointer and the time index. One limitation would be that the byte pointer would only be valid if the others would use the same stream, so having a 128,256,1024 Kbit streams it would only work for one of them without also watching the others
Other way could be to use estimate where the 22:00 minute is, go there, if its the 30th minute, use some algorithm to jump a couple times in the stream until close to the 22th minute. I am not sure however how much data would be needed to find the right position, however jumping like this to find the correct minute still takes less time than watching the whole stream from the start..