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Old 07-28-2009, 04:55 PM   #1
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The message box that comes up when I try to use RealPlayer says that I need VIDEO/X-RN-MP4. Where and how do I get that? I'm running Ubuntu Linux 9.04 and Firefox 3.5 (Shiretoko).

When I go to Synaptic Package Manager and type the desired component in the Quick Search window, it automatically scrolls to show show 13 selections. How do I know which (if any) is what I want?

I just opened the terminal and entered "sudo apt-get install VIDEO/X-RN-MP4." It said Bash:Sudo: command not found."

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Old 07-28-2009, 09:08 PM   #2
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The message box indicates that you are missing a codec (the plugin bit of software that interprets a particular video format, in this case mp4).

Codecs are normally packaged up, so the name of the package you need to install might not be exactly the same as the codec.

There is no need to use apt-get, since synaptic will do all you need. You may need to enable the universe repository, since mp4 is a non-free format.

I don't know the exact package you need, but have a look at the descriptions when you highlight them in synaptic. You are looking for an mp4 codec that is a plugin.

You may care to just install ubuntu-restricted-extras (a 'meta-' package that installs many of the non-free packages mostly related to multimedia).
 
Old 07-28-2009, 09:18 PM   #3
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When I go to Synaptic Package Manager and type the desired component in the Quick Search window, it automatically scrolls to show show 13 selections. How do I know which (if any) is what I want?
Select the one named "VIDEO/X-RN-MP4". All other files that may be necessary (if any) will automatically be included.

Cheers

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Old 07-29-2009, 08:16 AM   #4
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When I typed VIDEO/X-RN-MP4 in the Quick search box, the selection at the top of resulting window was(is) Mpeg4ip - utils. I installed that one and the three below it: Mpeg4ip - server, libmpeg4ip - 0, and libmpeg4ip - dev.

No change - Realplayer 11 still won't play. Kplayer, Miro Internet TV, MPlayer Movie Player, and SMplayer, and VLC Media Player still won't player either. MoviePlayer does play but does so too slowly, in a choppy manner. Youtube plays well in the small window, but is sort of like in suspended animation full screen.

I'm going to see if I can copy and paste the message box that Realplayer 11 displays: [didn't work]. Anyway, it says: ERROR General error: HXR_CORRUPT FILE . . . (followed by file specific fine print)
 
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I'd already had Ubuntu-restricted extras already installed.
 
Old 07-29-2009, 08:42 AM   #6
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I just went to Launchpad Ubuntu. Answered question #71698, asked on 2009-05-09 by Jobra. Problem is pretty much the same as mine; Guillermo Belli, on 2009-05-21, responded that Jobra is out of luck. I think that that means I'm out of luck, too.

What do I do now? When I had Ubuntu 8.04.2 and Firefox 3, I could play videos on MoviePlayer if I downloaded and saved them first. Should I downgrade to Ubuntu 8.04.3 or 8.10? Guillermo Belli says s/he doesn't have Jobra's or my problem because s/he uses Kubuntu.
 
Old 07-29-2009, 09:41 AM   #7
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I just went to Launchpad Ubuntu. Answered question #71698
That seems like a different issue.

In their case, they were having problems with the flash video using up too much cpu (and some issue having to reinstall flash to get the sound working). This relates to your issues with youtube flash, but doesn't mean that other applications won't be able to work.

In your case (according to your initial post), you are getting a message from the real player plugin saying you don't have a particular codec.

Incidentally, what is your CPU speed and RAM, and do you know the resolution of the video you are trying to play?

The aim here is to find the codecs you need. I don't think the mpeg4ip packages are the ones you want, because they relate to an old streaming video project.

Because these are not freely distributable codecs, they do not necessarily reside in the standard repositories. For example, there is the medibuntu repository which has DVD related stuff, and you will also find pages elsewhere on installing such things as the closed source version of the realplayer software in Ubuntu. Not running Ubuntu, I can't tell you where you should be looking, because each distro has different repositories for these things. But it is definitely possible to play mp4 video in players such as mplayer, even on quite old machines (I am running a P3).

I know this is a pain. But the reasons behind it are that many media formats are backed by commercial interests who attempt to restrict third parties from using the format. This makes it legally difficult to distribute software that can even read those formats.

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Old 07-29-2009, 06:23 PM   #8
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Thank you very much for your time and consideration. I'll try to find out the information you asked for.
 
Old 07-29-2009, 08:42 PM   #9
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Hi. CPU speed? I'm not clear on how to find that out. Would any of this be that(?): Processor: Intel(R) Pentium (R) 4 CPU 2.60GHz.

I got this computer used from FreeGeek(Columbus)[Ohio, USA]. The sticker on the side has information that may or may not be true. It says that it has 512 MB RAM.

The resolution of the videos I want to watch varies, I'm sure, as I've tried many as well as online television. The properties listed on MoviePlayer's sidebar during a Youtube video says that the video codec is FFmpeg MPEG-4. I just saw that a few minutes ago; I'll go to Synaptic Package Manager and look that up after I post this.

I want to add that I have made some progress since I first began endeavoring to get videos to play -- MoviePlayer used to not play at all. The missing component then was VIDEO/X-HX-AVC1. . .

I want to say more, but Firefox just crashed. I was afraid I'd lost this reply, but Jaunty (or Firefox -- I don't know which) restored everthing. So I better I better post this while I still can.
 
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Fair enough. Should be fast enough to watch youtube videos, they aren't really high bandwidth. You might want to watch memory usage with the 512Mb (ie, not have too many other apps running). But as I said, slower machines than yours have been known to work.

ffmpeg is the name of a sortware library and application which is used both for mpeg encoding and for playback. It is used as a component of a lot of other systems, so the codecs it provides are certainly worth trying. Another major mpeg4 encoder/decoder in the linux world is mplayer.
 
Old 07-30-2009, 04:12 PM   #11
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Hello. I've added Medibuntu-Ubuntu 9.04 "jaunty jackalope" free non-free and Medibuntu (source) Ubuntu 9.04 "jaunty jackalope" free non-free (Source Code) to third-party software in Software Sources.

Under the Ubuntu Software tab, when I click on Select Best Server, and the Testing Repositories Box pops up, it never completes all 291 tests. I'll get up to 283 (or 289, or even 290) and then freeze (even all night)!

I went to Ubuntu Repositories and got the terminal commands to put in the Medibuntu repository, but I don't think it would go. I think Firefox
 
Old 08-08-2009, 07:06 PM   #12
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Okay, never mind Real Player -- it didn't run when I had Hardy Heron 8.04 and Firefox 3.0 either; but it didn't matter to me then because Movie Player worked.

Well, Movie Player works now, too; but it plays downloaded videos slow and choppy. How do I fix that?

Youtube plays fine in the small window, but it, too, plays slow and very choppy in full screen. How do I fix that?

Swfdec Flash Player won't install. I'll see if I can paste the message I get from Add-Remove Applications here:


E: dpkg was interrupted, you must manually run 'sudo dpkg --configure -a' to correct the problem.
E: _cache->open() failed, please report.

What -- precisely (step-by-step so that moron me can understand) -- do I do with this information?
 
Old 08-08-2009, 08:16 PM   #13
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Just as I was submitting my last reply, I happened to notice that at the bottom of this page is, in blue highlighted letters, an advertisement that says "Download Codec Pack." And it mentions that the package is free. Since this thread mentions codecs and mtea- packages, I clicked on the words.

I was redirected to another page illustrating the "FFD Show Codec Package" that does include FFmpeg MPEG-4. So I downloaded it. Archive Manager says:

"An error occurred while loading the archive.
Command Line Output
[/home/freegeek/Desktop/AVSVideoConverter.exe]

End-of-central-directory signature not found. Either this file is not

a zipfile, or it constitutes one disk of a multi-part archive. In the

latter case the central directory and zipfile comment will be found on

the last disk(s) of this archive.

zipinfo: cannot find zipfile directory in one of /home/freegeek/Desktop/AVSVideoConverter.exe or

/home/freegeek/Desktop/AVSVideoConverter.exe.zip, and cannot find /home/freegeek/Desktop/AVSVideoConverter.exe.ZIP, period."

I've also noticed that in Synaptic Package Manager; just because I check a box for installation (reinstallation, etc.) doesn't mean it's going to happen.
 
  


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