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[Nov. 18th, 2007|05:43 pm]

I'm working at OSU, for a little bit less take-home than I was getting from unemployment. I'm going to have to live on a four-day paycheck for all of December. And I'm learning about multimedia streaming without the benefit of documentation.

Re: the last, as per usual, it *looks* like I have everything set up properly, but nothing is working, and I have no idea why.

After Chibi's surgery, I'm almost $3000 dollars in debt when I was willing to live with $2000. And I'd been hoping for a job that paid, at a minimum, about 20% more than I'm making. And I don't know if the job will ever turn full time, so it's entirely possible that I'm wasting both time and money by working there.

So I've been a bit depressed. And I've been coping, by which I mean "surviving", but it isn't easy.

The good news is that I've been able to keep busy, and not dwell on the things that bother me most, so I've been able to keep dipping downward, but never quite getting caught in a full blown depressive episode.

The bad news is that I've been out of it the past couple days, and I know right now that it's probably best that I don't try to catch up with my friends list.

Things aren't as bad as this post might make them seem, and I know I don't update that often anyway, so there's not much need for a "I might not be updating all that much" message, but that's the news of my life at the moment.

[User Picture]From: phinnia
2007-11-19 02:00 am (UTC)
I hope things work out. *hug*
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[User Picture]From: droops
2007-11-19 02:25 am (UTC)
Sucks about the job paying less, but think of it as a temporary station that will lead to better things!
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[User Picture]From: pagawne
2007-11-19 02:31 am (UTC)
John, it will all work out. When the depressive states sneak up on you, do not try to get through an entire day at a time. Try for an hour or so at a time, or half a day. Okay, as long as *you* think you can manage without going into a spiral. (There were times for me that it was as little a 2-3 minutes at a time.) Full spectrum light bulbs help some. Also try to do something nice for yourself every day. Sometimes as simple as sitting and doing absolutely nothing for 10-15 minutes, it doesn't have to cost money.

When you are up looking at the things that bother you, try looking at them one at a time instead of all together. That way they can't all gang up on you.

I have complete faith you can manage all this with not too much trouble. Hugs and a pot of tea and scones.
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[User Picture]From: lolleeroberts
2007-11-19 03:04 am (UTC)
It is easier to find a job when you already have one. The ex-roomie took a job at much less than she wanted just to get a foot in the door. A year later she took another job with a nice increase in pay and is getting constant nibbles from other companies. Edited to correct spelling

I hope that you have similar luck.

Edited at 2007-11-19 03:05 am (UTC)
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From: griffen
2007-11-19 04:47 am (UTC)
I'm thinking of you, and hoping for the best outcome for you in all situations you're facing right now. *hugs*
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[User Picture]From: ruth_lawrence
2007-11-19 07:41 am (UTC)
I do hope things look up for you.
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From: iamjw
2007-11-19 12:05 pm (UTC)
*hugs* offered.
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[User Picture]From: laurarey
2007-11-19 01:27 pm (UTC)
Want help on the streaming problem?
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[User Picture]From: johnpalmer
2007-11-19 03:14 pm (UTC)
I'd love some... the worst thing is that I'm supposed to become the expert, so no one else there can help me, and I don't know of any books that will teach me how to do things. (I'm sure I can pick up any book and it'll tell me what a streaming server is, tell me how wonderful MPEG4 (part 10) is, and name some names (Real Media Server, Quicktime Streaming Server/Darwin, Microsoft Media Server, Flash Media Server)... but actual setups and examples of working setups are hard to find.

I'm hoping VLC can do encoding and broadcasting... it's free and seems - *seems* - to do what we need. But I haven't gotten it to stream to a Darwin server, and have the Darwin server reflect it.

(What we want it to do is encode the stream to a file and to a live stream. Then, folks who miss the class can watch it later, and so can distance learning students.) We hope to get it streamed to an MP4 file that can be read by a variety of readers. Right now, we're stuck with Real Player, which is annoying.)

Um... I'm babbling right now, aren't I? And I have to get ready for work. Maybe we can chat later?
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[User Picture]From: laurarey
2007-11-19 03:32 pm (UTC)
Yep, no problem.

So, VLC will act as the broadcaster and Darwin will reflect it to the user...are you getting any error messages at all? Or just...nothing streaming?
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[User Picture]From: johnpalmer
2007-11-19 04:37 pm (UTC)
That's the funny thing.

VLC creates an SPD file, which I put in the Darwin server's "Movies" directory. I verify the server is working by connecting and picking up one of the sample movies (which I have to remember to rename to something shorter than "sample_h264_100kbit_movie_with_godawful_long_name.MP4" or whatever they name their movies.) Then I can verify that the stream is working by opening the SDP file as a file (i.e., "open file" not "open URL"). But when I connect to rtsp://localhost/sample(.spd) (with or without the extension), or rtsp://, I get a "not found" in Quicktime, and nothing at all in VLC. The request does show in Darwin's log of file requests, so I'm connecting to the server, and it's hearing my request.

I'm pretty sure the SDP file is okay, because it opens locally (and I have VLC playing to the display, and to the network, so I can see that the same stuff is playing in both locations)... but the RFC isn't written in newbiese. (I'm hitting that again this morning... maybe a few hours off has cleared my head. But I don't think it'll break stuff down as simply as I want it.)

I'm wondering if maybe I'm sending a stream that Darwin can't reflect... maybe it needs to be set up differently to be able to be reflected? VLC has a *lot* of options, and I don't know if I'm setting something wrong, or not setting something whose default isn't right.

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[User Picture]From: johnpalmer
2007-11-20 10:37 pm (UTC)
I found part of an answer.

It will work if VLC and Darwin are on the same machine. It won't work if VLC and Darwin are on different machines.

I (FINALLY!!!!) found one reference that suggests VLC doesn't work remotely because Darwin sends a request and doesn't get an answer... Darwin is a stickler for etiquette. I've seen another suggestion that *maybe* if you set up a relay just right, it'll reflect.
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[User Picture]From: laurarey
2007-11-20 10:40 pm (UTC)
I'm so glad you made headway!
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[User Picture]From: wyang
2007-11-20 07:02 pm (UTC)

Cover-all-bases questions.


Just doing a fast look, this page may be helpful...


I've never done this with VLC before... but the directions look reasonably decent. You may have looked at this already (if so, please disregard).

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[User Picture]From: johnpalmer
2007-11-20 07:20 pm (UTC)

Re: Cover-all-bases questions.

I found that page, but it led me to do more searching, and I also found another that suggests that maybe I need to set up a broadcast descriptor file (which is different from the SDP file from VLC)in order to broadcast over Darwin... maybe Darwin daisy chains VLC.SDP > Broadcast Description File > Darwin.SDP?

I'll test it out once I have a chance.

In the meantime, I'm trying to find out if VLC's telnet mode is broken, or if MS's (And PuTTY's!) telnet is broken.

As annoying and frustrating as this is, it's also just a tiny bit exciting. I've never had to dig quite so deeply into anything so quickly.
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[User Picture]From: johnpalmer
2007-11-20 10:39 pm (UTC)

Re: Cover-all-bases questions.

Found part of the answer... VLC works just fine if Darwin is on the same machine. It might work remotely, but the Apple forum suggests it doesn't. At least I know that I was right that it was "supposed to be working" with my setup. (Except that it wasn't.)
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