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Old 08-24-2006, 11:57 PM   #1
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Totem has problems with .asf and .avi

For some reason I can't play .avi and .asf files in Totem. It works in Mplayer but I don't like Mplayer. So I was wondering if there was a script to convert them to an MPEG video file? I've found some, but they convert them to files usable for DVD players. Is that the same thing?
Old 08-25-2006, 12:51 AM   #2
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I can play those files without any problems using Kaffeine (xine based) on Gentoo, Suse and FreeBSD. Are you using totem-xine with win32 codecs?
Old 08-25-2006, 11:24 AM   #3
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First question is do you have the codecs installed. If you do, then it's probably a matter that totem can't find them. That can be fixed by either moving them to where totem expects them, creating a symlink, or changing configuration. Changing configuration settings are probably going to be applicable to what back-end you're running.

I used to use totem and was able to get it to work with those formats. So I think it's probably just a matter that totem can't find them when it needs to. However, I do remember that I would sometimes run acrossed videos that totem would complain about and not be able to run in spite. For instance, I could usually play a .wmv, .asf, .avi, etc, but sometimes I would run into one that wouldn't. I usually just chalked it up to that they may have been a version of the format that totem either didn't like, or that the video files were messed up to begin with.

This link may help you if you're running totem as a front end to xine. It did in my case.

I believe that totem is really just a front-end. So what you'll have to do to fix will probably apply to what back-end your totem is running. The above link applies to totem running over xine. You can check what back end your totem is using by clicking on help: about.

Good luck, I like totem too. I think it's one of the better ones that I have tried. I hate how most of the other players use skins. I really think skins are the dumbest concept there ever was. But that's just my opinion. The only thing I don't like about totem is all of it's dependencies on gnome components. Unfortunately, if you have a lower-end system, you get stuck with that extra overhead in order to use totem. If I had a more modern system to work with, I probably would be running gnome since it's got some nice applications and there is always lots of new ones being developed for it.

Of course Kaffeine is another option for a front-end, but I think you stick with the one you like.
Old 08-25-2006, 11:20 PM   #4
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Well, it works somewhat now. I tried finding the config file for xine but I couldn't. So I installed the gstreamer... thing... for totem and can now play my files. However, they now all play like they are being fast forwarded. Any idea as to what's causing that?

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