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I'm running video streaming with lighttpd & mod_h264 on CentOS. Now, I want to set to client can only watch the movie for the first x minutes. Example: 10 minutes. Who can give me a solution for this? Thanks !

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You can set the start and end parameters as part of the url


Which should start the video at 0 and let it run for 10 minutes.

It may be better to use a preview link and some server side rewriting though as the above could easily be adjusted manually.

Enable url rewriting by having "mod_rewrite" as part of the server.modules.

Add this

url.rewrite = (
"(.*)/preview$" => "$1?start=0&end=600"

which, given a url like


will provide the first 10 minutes of the file.

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Thanks to @lain, But How to hidden this "start=0&end=600" or /preview or generate new link for prevent hotlink? –  longser Aug 25 '12 at 13:47
@longser: I already answered that - Make your preview URL end in /preview and then use the url.rewrite rule I provided. –  Iain Aug 25 '12 at 13:54
@lain I think what he is asking is how can you prevent someone from hitting the url /video.mp4?start=15&end=600 directly. I don't see where the solution outlined would do this, but maybe I am missing something. –  BrianV Nov 17 '12 at 13:24

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