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Old 11-18-2010, 11:10 PM   #1
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Question How to play the more obscure .wmv codec videos on 64 bit linux?


Greetings to everyone,

I have a .wmv file that only plays with a combination of w32codecs and mplayer compiled from source.

Here is the .wmv file:
http://hotfile.com/dl/82165944/4bac4...Intro.wmv.html

Here are the codecs:
http://www.mplayerhq.hu/MPlayer/releases/codecs/
all-20100303.tar.bz2

The problem is that these codecs only work on 32 bit Linux and I have a 64 bit Linux.

I've been searching all over the net for 64 bit versions of these codec dlls but I didn't find anything. Do you how can I play this type of wmv files on a 64 bit linux?
 
Old 11-18-2010, 11:19 PM   #2
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Would be fine if you give us some more infos. Which distribution are you using?
I use Debian, and I never had to use w32codecs to play any kind of video.
 
Old 11-18-2010, 11:22 PM   #3
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Would be fine if you give us some more infos. Which distribution are you using?
I use Debian, and I never had to use w32codecs to play any kind of video.
Hey,
I'm using Fedora 14 x86_64/amd64. w32codecs only work on 32 bit linux. Do you have 32 bit or 64 bit Debian? If you have 64 bit Debian then please download the .wmv file I posted in my original post and you'll see that it won't play. You might get audio without any video. I have a Fedora 14 32 bit in a virtual machine and it plays fine there, so the problem is that w32codecs only work on 64bit linux.

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Old 11-18-2010, 11:35 PM   #4
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OK, you are right, this is actually the first time I can not play a movie on my 64-bit system. On Debian there is a package named w64codecs, which seems to be a counterpart of w32codecs. I installed that, but are not able to play the video. Maybe I have to compile mplayer from source to get it working, but at first you can try to find this a package for your distro.
 
Old 11-18-2010, 11:47 PM   #5
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OK, you are right, this is actually the first time I can not play a movie on my 64-bit system. On Debian there is a package named w64codecs, which seems to be a counterpart of w32codecs. I installed that, but are not able to play the video. Maybe I have to compile mplayer from source to get it working, but at first you can try to find this a package for your distro.
This is from the mplayer website:

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Note: 64-bit Users: Win32 codec DLLs are not supported and there may be a warning similar to the following:

NOTE: Win32 codec DLLs are not supported on your CPU (x86_64) or your
operating system (Linux). You may encounter a few files that cannot
be played due to missing open source video/audio codec support.
I have tried a many packages for my distro with no luck. I was hoping someone here knew a workaround to make the w32 codecs work on 64 bit linux, or another solution.

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Old 11-19-2010, 12:03 AM   #6
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You can try a 32-bit chroot, or install a 32-bit version of your OS into a virtual machine.
 
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You can try a 32-bit chroot,
I'll try this guide (http://www.debian-administration.org/articles/356) on chroot and I'll reply back with the results:

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or install a 32-bit version of your OS into a virtual machine.
I have a virtual machine with WinXP, I can use Windows Media Player to play these files but I don't want to start a virtual machine just to play videos of this type.
 
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I'll try this guide (http://www.debian-administration.org/articles/356) on chroot and I'll reply back with the results:
I don't think this will work for you, this is Debian-related and uses debootstrap, which is AFAIK only working with Debian and derived distros.
 
Old 11-19-2010, 12:41 AM   #9
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I don't think this will work for you, this is Debian-related and uses debootstrap, which is AFAIK only working with Debian and derived distros.
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I know, I'm just using it as a reference guide because it's explained well, I know the fedora equivalents to the steps posted there. I'll try this and post back, in the meantime if you or anyone knows a better solution then any help would be appreciated.
 
  


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