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jonolumb
2005-09-13, 13:23
Hi there.
Whilst my slimserver will stream MP3 radio stream content to the squeezebox, there is no support for the wma streams- a problem I do not have on windows. This is (I strongly suspect) due to the fact that I only have the windows media binaries below installed on slimserver.
Windows Media Windows Media (built-in)


When I tick the other Windows media codecs (unchecked currently):
Windows Media FLAC wmadec/flac
Windows Media MP3 wmadec/lame
Windows Media WAV wmadec

none of them remain ticked and I receive the message:


Required binary was not found: [wmadec] -r 44100 -b 16 -n 2 $FILE$ | [flac] -cs --totally-silent --compression-level-0 --endian little --sign signed --channels 2 --bps 16 --sample-rate 44100 -
Required binary was not found: [wmadec] -r 44100 --abr 16 -n 2 $FILE$ | [lame] -x --resample 44100 --silent -q $QUALITY$ --abr $BITRATE$ - -
Required binary was not found: [wmadec] -r 44100 -b 16 -n 2 $FILE$

where can I get the binaries for these formats? Are there downloads available somewhere?
I am running the latest version of fedora linux and it is a clean install.
Thanks
Jono

mherger
2005-09-13, 13:34
> Whilst my slimserver will stream MP3 radio stream content to the
> squeezebox, there is no support for the wma streams- a problem I do not

SB1 or SB2? The latter will soon have support for WMA in the player
natively. (it's already available in the 6.2 nightly release)

> where can I get the binaries for these formats? Are there downloads
> available somewhere?

You'll need mplayer, and might give AlienBBC a try. Please go through the
plugins forum for AlienBBC related problems. There's lots of stuff to read
there (where to get the codecs, which version of mplayer etc.)

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kdf
2005-09-13, 13:35
Quoting jonolumb <jonolumb.1vbdrn (AT) no-mx (DOT) forums.slimdevices.com>:

>
> Hi there.
> Whilst my slimserver will stream MP3 radio stream content to the
> squeezebox, there is no support for the wma streams- a problem I do not
> have on windows. This is (I strongly suspect) due to the fact that I
> only have the windows media binaries below installed on slimserver.
> Windows Media Windows Media (built-in)

The built-in support should be working for SB2 with the latest 6.2 nightly
build and latest firmware.

wmadec, for transcoding does not have a unix binary version, which is they you
see the messages. This may help you, using a different codec for unix:

http://wiki.slimdevices.com/index.cgi?WMA

-k

pfarrell
2005-09-13, 13:41
On Tue, 2005-09-13 at 13:23 -0700, jonolumb wrote:
> there is no support for the wma streams- a problem I do not
> have on windows.

See http://www.pfarrell.com/music/slimserver/tips.html
There is a write up of how I got WMA to play on my ancient
linux box with a Slim SqueezeBox1

--
Pat
http://www.pfarrell.com/music/slimserver/slimsoftware.html

ortho_man
2005-09-14, 07:08
Hi Pat,

just been fascinated reading about your approach to playing wma-streams via slimserver/squeezebox. I have been looking for a solution that does the job with slimserver running on my buffalo linkstation for a while. The linkstation has limited system resources so the alienbbc approach supposedly doesn't work. Do you think ffmpeg would? I appreciate your help.

Regards
Jens

pfarrell
2005-09-14, 08:26
On Wed, 2005-09-14 at 07:08 -0700, ortho_man wrote:
> just been fascinated reading about your approach to playing wma-streams
> via slimserver/squeezebox. I have been looking for a solution that does
> the job with slimserver running on my buffalo linkstation for a while.
> The linkstation has limited system resources so the alienbbc approach
> supposedly doesn't work. Do you think ffmpeg would? I appreciate your
> help.

Since ffmpeg is free, why not try it and report back?
The program file is small, I can't see it using memory
but transcoding is fairly CPU intensive.

--
Pat
http://www.pfarrell.com/music/slimserver/slimsoftware.html

ortho_man
2005-09-14, 08:46
I can't say I am an expert at linux at all. I know my windows machine quite ok but I haven't done a lot with linux except installing slimserver on the linkstation (Perl) with a step-by-step guide and some friendly forum help. I am happy give it a try but I will definitely need some help along the way and with deinstallation. Could I be in touch with you in case I am stuck? Will go for it then when I find time.

Robin Bowes
2005-09-14, 08:57
Pat Farrell wrote:
> On Wed, 2005-09-14 at 07:08 -0700, ortho_man wrote:
>
>>just been fascinated reading about your approach to playing wma-streams
>>via slimserver/squeezebox. I have been looking for a solution that does
>>the job with slimserver running on my buffalo linkstation for a while.
>>The linkstation has limited system resources so the alienbbc approach
>>supposedly doesn't work. Do you think ffmpeg would? I appreciate your
>>help.
>
>
> Since ffmpeg is free, why not try it and report back?
> The program file is small, I can't see it using memory
> but transcoding is fairly CPU intensive.

Program size is not indicative of memory usage - I could write you a
1-line perl script that uses all of the memory of whatever computer you
run it on.

R.

PS. It might *seem* like it's "get at Pat" day, but it's not, honest! :)
--
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If a man speaks in a forest,
and his wife's not there,
is he still wrong?

pfarrell
2005-09-14, 08:59
On Wed, 2005-09-14 at 08:46 -0700, ortho_man wrote:
> I am happy give it a try but I will definitely need
> some help along the way and with deinstallation. Could I be in touch
> with you in case I am stuck? Will go for it then when I find time.

I'm reading this on a mailing list, so I'm not sure who "you" is,
but I'm friendly and so are others.

I blind my email address in a failed attempt to control
spam, but if you go to my website, it is easy to find.


--
Pat
http://www.pfarrell.com/music/slimserver/slimsoftware.html

pfarrell
2005-09-14, 09:09
On Wed, 2005-09-14 at 16:57 +0100, Robin Bowes wrote:
> Pat Farrell wrote:
> > Since ffmpeg is free, why not try it and report back?
> > The program file is small, I can't see it using memory
> > but transcoding is fairly CPU intensive.
>
> Program size is not indicative of memory usage - I could write you a
> 1-line perl script that uses all of the memory of whatever computer you
> run it on.

So can I. I expect you know that too.

But the nature of what ffmpeg is doing should not require it to be
memory intensive. Not that the authors did a good job -- that is
what the test is all about.

Still, I'd expect it to be more of a CPU constrained program
than a memory one, due to the problem domain.

> PS. It might *seem* like it's "get at Pat" day, but it's not, honest! :)

Coulda fooled me ;-)

--
Pat
http://www.pfarrell.com/music/slimserver/slimsoftware.html

AnklBytr
2005-09-19, 19:30
In Beta right now there's a new release that supports WMA native. Use caution as it really is BETA.

jonolumb
2005-09-22, 06:39
Hey all
Thanks for the excellent support. Great community here!
Anyway, I finally got round to installing ffmpeg and pointed the slimserver towards it. Everything worked first time round and I was really impressed. Thanks especially to Pat for your how to guide on your website!
I'll go and have a look at this native decoding now- is it just for when the box is connected to slimserver or will it work through squeezenetwork?
Thanks
Jono

ortho_man
2005-09-23, 07:15
What kind of device are you using it on? What are your system resources?

jonolumb
2005-09-26, 05:35
Its a 500mhz athlon PC with 128MB of Memory.
Running on Fedora Core 4
Jono