Installing VLC and Firefox in order to play MMS links on a Mac:
The purpose of this guide is to help you install and setup Firefox and VLC Media Player in order to play MMS links on an Apple computer. This is the only MLTC supported way of playing these files. Unfortunately, Apple has recently dropped all support for mms, rtsp, http, and other streaming-type media formats from thier latest version of QuickTime (10).
Prerequisites: You must have Firefox installed and use Firefox as the web browser when doing this. Firefox is free, and can be obtained from the Firefox Website
- First, download and install the latest version of VLC Media Player from: HERE
- Start up VLC Media Player to ensure the installation was successful, and the program opens properly.
- From within Firefox, Visit the Modern Languages and Cultures Website enter your "Course Materials" and Textbook area, and try to play one of the files. You will be given a pop-up similar to the one below:
Please select "VLC" or "VLC.app" If VLC is not one of the choices, please select (Choose...) to choose a player
You will then be presented with a window similar to the one below:
Within the Finder, select "Applications", and then scroll down and select "VLC" from the applications list.
Now you will be able to select "VLC" to play all Streaming Audio from the MLTC Website.
Playing Files within VLC
Contrary to most media players, VLC will add subsequent media files to the VLC "playlist" and not begin playing them automatically. This means that you will have to use the Next/Previous, as well as the "play" buttons to actually play your files. Please keep this in mind when playing multiple files.
Playing of FIRST Audio File:
When VLC opens, the file is queued but will not play automatically. Press the PLAY button to begin playing the file. Please note it may take up to 30 seconds for the stream to buffer and begin playing, be patient!
Playing Subsequent Audio Files:
Any files added after the first are again "queued" but not played. You will have to use the NEXT button, followed by the PLAY button in order to begin playing this file. As before, it may take up to 30 seconds for the stream to buffer and begin playing.
We recommend using the PLAYLIST button to open the Playlist in order to better navigate and play your file(s). See below for an example of VLC with the playlist open. Newly added files will show up on the playlist, and can be accessed by clicking on them.
Congratulations, you should now be all set, remember to select "VLC" to play all MLTC Files!