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I'm writing a cgi-script that is to take in what realvideo's you want to play in sequence and then creates a SMIL file of the clips so that the browser can call real player which will use the SMIL file to paly the specified clips in sequence.  I have written the code which outputs the correct SMIL file to the browser but it just returns an empty page.  When I view the source I see the SMIL file is being sent correctly.  I have checked the MIME types both in the script and on my web server(IIS 4).  Any ideas?

here is the script:

print "Content type: application/smil\n\n";

print "<smil>\n";
print "<head>\n";
print "<meta name=\"base\" content=\"rtsp://fellini.media.mit.edu/\"/>\n";
print "</head>\n";
print "<body>\n";
print "<seq>\n";

if($ENV{REQUEST_METHOD} eq 'GET'){
      $buffer=$ENV{'QUERY_STRING'};
}
else {
      read(STDIN, $buffer, $ENV{'CONTENT_LENGTH'});
}      

foreach $pair (split(/&/, $buffer)){
      $pair =~ tr/+//;
      ($name, $value) = split(/=/, $pair);
      print "<video src=\"$value\"/>\n";
}


print "</seq>\n";
print "</body>\n";
print "</smil>\n";



Vikas Sodhani
vsodhani@mit.edu
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What happens if you change the "Content-type" to "text/html"???
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Firstly I thought the mime-type should be application/x-smil as I don't believe that this is a standardised mime-type (but I stand to be corrected).

Secondly is this mime-type registered on your system (ie for the browsers benefit). Check in Explorer|view|options|file types and ensure that a program is associated with the mime type.

Thirdly try using the embed tag within HTML just to ensure that all the components are talking correctly.

Lastly are you certain that the rtsp server is actually outputing what you expect.
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