Ustream.tv doesn’t support opening streams in VLC by default, but it is possible with some effort. Most video streaming sites use the Real Time Messaging Protocol (RTMP) for transmitting video data to your flash player. Using rtmpdump we can connect to RTMP streams, and record them or play them in VLC.
1: Install rtmpdump
$ sudo apt-get install rtmpdump
Binaries for all platforms: here.
2: Find the RTMPDump Parameters
It’s not trivial to find out the correct parameters for
rtmpdump, so use this Python script:
#!/usr/bin/env python # This script finds the rtmpdump command syntax for opening a UStream stream. import sys import urllib2 import re def getVideoData(url): # Get the HTML contents req = urllib2.Request(url) response = urllib2.urlopen(req) html = response.read() # Extract the channel ID from the HTML channelId = None m = re.search("Channel\sID\:\s+(\d+)", html) if (m): channelId = m.group(1) # Extract the channel title from the HTML channelTitle = None m = re.search("property\=\"og\:url\"