View Full Version : Seek

08-27-2002, 01:16 PM
I am trying to play an MPEG video and was wondering what the seek action is used for and how. The user guide doesnt give enough of an explanation or an example.

08-27-2002, 01:57 PM
It is used to go directly to a specific frame in the movie.

In audio-video circles, this is known as "seeking."

08-27-2002, 02:06 PM
I understand that but what I am confused about is when you import your movie does Autoplay know where the frames are??? If I want to jump to a specific part of the movie, where do I set that frame up? In the software I created the movie with?

08-27-2002, 02:18 PM
Actually you specify the time that you want to seek to in the video.

Taken straight from the docs:

Seek to
The time in seconds that you want the Media Player Object to "seek" to. A value of
-1 will seek to the end of the media.

08-29-2002, 12:45 AM
I just learned something :-) Currently, I was just using "Seek" without adding any time element for the purpose of RESETTING the Video to the beginning...and it's been working like a charm.

But this opens up some VERY, VERY interesting possibilities for something I may need to do :-)



09-06-2002, 08:33 AM
Well I got it to work and found out the specific time I need to skip to. But... My Windows Media file freezes the video but not the audio. You hit seek, the sound goes to where it it, the video freezes, 3-5 seconds later it catches up. Is there a better way?? Refresh???

09-06-2002, 10:10 AM
Sounds like maybe a codec or hardware (what is the file loading off of?) issue.

09-06-2002, 11:24 AM
I dont think its a hardware 2.4 gigs 256 ram 60 G HD. Its a movie I downloaded once to learn MS producer so I dont know what the codec is. Im using test files so once I get my "real" content I know AMS 4 like the back of my hand so I can produce multiple CDs in a short time.

09-06-2002, 12:11 PM
It probably has to do with how the video was encoded, then. I've seen SVCDs that were encoded slightly off standard that can lose sync in Media Player (but play fine in something with a better MPEG-2 codec, like PowerDVD).