[Athen] RE: captions when video on streaming server

Harris,John Paul John.P.Harris at colostate.edu
Mon Sep 12 08:06:38 PDT 2011


Does the media player from the streaming server have the capability to find and play the ASX or SMIL files? Sometimes, a media player cannot synchronize an external caption file or open an SMIL/ASX file for video playback. A lot of times a player can only play captions when the info is embedded in the file container, like an MP4 file container.

I am somewhat sure your issue is related to the media player that is installed on your streaming server .

John Paul Harris
Assistive Tech IT Coordinator
Assistive Technology Resource Center
Colorado State University

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Subject: [Athen] captions when video on streaming server


I am looking for guidance on how to get captions to play with a video hosted on a streaming server.

A department on campus has a commercial video (with proper permissions) on a streaming server. They have obtained a CD from the production company that has three different formats of the video (WMV, MOV and FLV), as well as the proper caption file formats for each. So far, I have been unsuccessful in getting captions to play when the video is streaming.

I have tried having the ASX file and the SMI file on the server with the WMV. I have also tried having the ASX file and the SMI file on a local hard drive with the WMV on the server. I've clicked on the ASX file rather than have it embedded in a web page. Does that make a difference in this situation?

Thanks in advance for any ideas or resources you can provide!


Dean Brusnighan
Assistive Technology Specialist
Purdue University, Young Hall
155 S. Grant Street
West Lafayette, IN 47907-2108
Phone: 765-494-9082
dabrus at purdue.edu<mailto:dabrus at purdue.edu>

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