There are three different modes of transporting the stream to the player.
|Standard input pipe||This is the default behaviour when there are no other options specified.|
|Named pipe (FIFO)||Use the
This is a list of video players and their compatibility with the transport modes.
|Name||Stdin Pipe||Named Pipe||HTTP|
|Daum Pot Player||Yes||No||Yes |
|MPC-HC||Yes ||No||Yes |
|VLC media player||Yes ||Yes||Yes|
|||(1, 2) |
|||Stdin requires MPC-HC 1.7 or newer.|
Some versions of VLC might be unable to use the stdin pipe and prints the error message
VLC is unable to open the MRL 'fd://0'
Use one of the other transport methods instead to work around this.
Known issues and workarounds¶
MPC-HC reports "File not found"¶
Upgrading to version 1.7 or newer will solve this issue since reading data from standard input is not supported in version 1.6.x of MPC-HC.
MPC-HC only plays sound on Twitch streams¶
Twitch sometimes returns badly muxed streams which may confuse players. The following workaround was contributed by MPC-HC developer @kasper93:
To fix this problem go to options -> internal filters -> open splitter settings and increase "Stream Analysis Duration" this will let ffmpeg to properly detect all streams.
--player-passthrough hls has also been
reported to work.
MPlayer tries to play Twitch streams at the wrong FPS¶
This is a bug in MPlayer, using the MPlayer fork mpv instead is recommended.
VLC hangs when buffering and no playback starts¶
Some versions of 64-bit VLC seem to be unable to read the stream created by rtmpdump. Using the 32-bit version of VLC might help.
Youtube Live does not work with VLC¶
The stable version of VLC cannot play Youtube Live streams. This a known bug that is fixed in VLC 3, which is still in development. You can also try using a different player.
Youtube Live does not work with Mplayer¶
Some versions of Mplayer cannot play Youtube Live streams. And errors like:
Cannot seek backward in linear streams! Seek failed
Switching to a recent fork such as mpv resolves the issue.
When using OMXPlayer the stream stops unexpectedly¶
When reading from a fifo pipe OMXPlayer will quit when there is no data, to fix
this you can supply the timeout option to OMXPlayer using
--player "omxplayer --timeout 20".
For live streams it might be beneficial to also add the omxplayer parameter