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    Audio but no video when streaming TV in RR

    Mitch and Guino,

    I'm streaming TV from my house and I can watch it with WMP, MPC, or Winamp with no problem if RR is not running. I want to embed one of these players in a skin so I can watch it from within RR, but if RR is running then there is no video, just audio. Even if I minimize RR and fire up a player separately, the video is just black until I exit RR then it works fine.

    I'm thinking this is something to do with how RR is using the overlay for playing videos in the video skin and it's getting in my way. I would be okay with playing the streaming TV within the video skin, but I don't know how to open a mms://... address instead of a filename from within the video browser or the video skin.

    I'm running the Feb. 2010 RR, DFX 4.0 skin, and ffdshow from last year, and everything works fine except for this one item.

    Any idea how to configure one of these players to show the video? Thanks!
    Zotac N630I-D-E M/B w/ Nvidia 7100, E5300 cpu, Xenarc 700IDT, M2-ATX, XP, RR & DFX 5.1.

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    You may be right as many video cards have limited overlay support. In any case, RR does NOT use any overlay support directly. The only time RR could be using a video Overlay is when playing a video on the video player and/or DVD player, still this depends EXCLUSIVELY on the PLAYER used. The built-in player will use whatever defaults are set in windows -- this generally means using overlay when available. MPC can be set specifically NOT to use overlay if you want. I would assume that VLC may have similar options.

    I would suggest YOU configure RR to use MPC and set it up to use VMR9 -- this should prevent it from using any overlay (just so you can use it outside).

    What doesn't make sense to me in all this is why would you want to watch streamed tv while playing a video in RR -- if you're not playing a video in RR then your video overlay should be available to use in another player (and if this is the case and it's not working, then you may just be running out of video resourses -- you can try usedx=false in RR.INI and see).
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    Thanks for the tips, Guino. I'll try some things and see if that helps.

    BTW I wasn't playing a video in RR while watching streaming TV. I had RR running but minimized to the taskbar as a test, but no video was playing. I would do one or the other but not both simultaneously.

    Oh, if in RRConfig the video player plugin is set to "Built-in", what is RR using to play the videos with?

    Thanks!
    Zotac N630I-D-E M/B w/ Nvidia 7100, E5300 cpu, Xenarc 700IDT, M2-ATX, XP, RR & DFX 5.1.

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    Okay, I got it working in WMP by setting it to NOT use the video overlay renderer. I have WMP set up to run as an external app so I'm good now. Still going to try MPC but I'm sure it's a similar setting or using VMR9.

    Thanks for the help!
    Zotac N630I-D-E M/B w/ Nvidia 7100, E5300 cpu, Xenarc 700IDT, M2-ATX, XP, RR & DFX 5.1.

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