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Yep, the newbie is back, this time with an MPEG video problem ...
Ok, here's the problem:
When I try to play MPEG files in XAnim, I get VERY choppy video and no sound ... When I try with Xine, I get perfect sound but no video (usually just a blank blue screen) ...
Now, trying the same with an avi file ... XAnim seems to play the video ok, but (again) no sound, Xine just doesn't do anything (the player's output screen flickers black for a second, then returns to the logo again).
I'm assuming this has something to do with the various video codecs around (and probably my lack of them). I'm running Mandrake 8.2, mostly default installation options apart from I installed every workstation package (if this is any help) ...
First of all i would recommend, installing your video cards drivers with hardware accelaration enabled.(if not already installed) then get mplayer !!which is one of the fastest and supports loads of formats. It is THE video player
nothing beats it, totally recommended, a must have !
now move your mouse over here : http://www.mplayerhq.hu/homepage/
Hmm ... I already downloaded mplayer, but had a problem:
I've downloaded the three RPMs for mplayer (mplayer-common, mplayer itself, and the GUI). I've installed the common files with no problems, HOWEVER ...
Upon trying to install the player itself, I'm given a small error dialog which says: "Error ... libpng.so.2 <>=S is needed by mplayer ...". I'm given the option to force the install, or quit. Since I really don't want to screw anything up, I quit <=)
I'm guessing this means I don't have all necessary/required libraries installed? If this is the case, could someone please tell me what they are and how to get them?
You are running MDK 8.2 right? If so, you are going to see problems when compiling mplayer from source, even though that is going to be my suggestion...
You have gcc3.0 on your mandrake discs, and it might be a good idea to install that instead of the version that comes with mandrake by default.
Anyway, you can still install from the source, but you will need to specify the option during configure to not check for gcc. Mplayer will tell you that the world is going to fall down around you, but don't worry, because you know that you have gcc install, and if you don't, then install it first
Or you could still go with your rpm's but you'll need to satisfy some dependecies. Install libpng from your mandrake disc. You'll have to do a little searching, but it's more than likely on there.
I don't think I do have the win32 codecs installed (at least, they're not in /usr/lib/win32 ...). I thought you only needed these to play AVI files? If this is the case, I can already play AVIs, it's MPEGs I'm having trouble with ... Will these codecs fix my MPEG playback, and if so ... where do I get them!?
I downloaded the win32 codecs, decompressed em, and copied the contents of the folder into /usr/lib/win32 ... still doesn't work! =(
So, I went down another route ... Found a player called gMerlin for GTK, and looked at its requirements, one of which was GTK+2, which I didnt have installed. I installed this from the mandrake CDs (version 1.3.something, gMerlin requires > 1.2 apparently) ....
ran ./configure on gmerlin, all fine until it gets to the GTK bit, upon which it says: Checking for GTK version > 1.2.something ..... No. Error: gmerlin needs GTK.
Hmmm. All this seems a HELL of a lot of trouble to go through just to play an MPEG file (and it still doesn't work!!!). Any gurus like to give me any more tips? Please?
I probably get cruzified for this but:
I wasn't able to install mplayer on my box either.I did it about 20 times before and it just insists that I don't have X11 on my box.
Try whereis libpng.so.2 and see where it is.Some info from you would also help:do you try to install the rpm or source version of mplayer?
I'm trying to install from the RPMs, although I'm starting to get the feeling the source (as you suggested) might be a bit easier. I've managed to install the mplayer-common RPM with no trouble, I just get that damn error whenever I try to install mplayer itself.