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Old 11-22-2005, 06:24 PM   #1
janesfelcs
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MPlayer cant play AVI file


I have been able to play some mpegs, divx encoded movies, and some AVIs in my Linux box, but right now i am stuck trying to play some other AVI files without success. I've tried Mplayer, Xine, VLC and none of them can play them. Mplayer stops and says "AVI_NI: No video stream found", Xine stops and says "There is no demuxer available to handle ...", and VLC just dont play the file without any other notice. Totem player is able to play the file, but very slowly, very poor performance.

The AVI files are captures from a Sony Handycam video-camera, by Firewire using Microsoft Movie Maker 2 in a Windows PC. They play ok in the Windows PC, but cant play in my Linux box. Using GSpot on my Windows PC tells me that the AVI is a Multipart OpenDML AVI file, but nothing about the codecs used.

I guess what I need is the right codec for Mplayer, Xine or VLC so these programs can read the file. How can I determine which codec is needed? How can I install it?

My Linux distro is Fedora Core 4.

Any help would be greatly appreciated.

Jane
 
Old 11-23-2005, 12:50 AM   #2
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You can get the essential codecs here
 
Old 11-23-2005, 05:06 PM   #3
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Thank you for your help.

I've installed the essential codec package and the problem is still there, cant play these AVIs.

Any other hint?
 
Old 11-24-2005, 03:07 AM   #4
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I feel your pain.
I was having the same problems, but playing .wmv files. I opened the file "essential-20050412.tar.bz2" from the Mplayer home site from the directory "downloads". I placed it in a separate directory so I could open/extract the file. Once I got the file extracted, I copied everything in the directory to :
"/usr/local/bin/codecs" and "/usr/lib/win32". (I had created "/usr/local/bin/codecs" from some cryptic notes on the Mplayer.)
I can now view any of the .wmv files I have.
I hope this helps. There are a lot of well meaning people here... it is just the directions that some go... assuming you are a Linux guru... can frustrate you.
I do find reading the postings help... but, that is time consuming. Good Luck!
 
Old 11-26-2005, 12:22 PM   #5
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Thank you, Armor.

I've downloaded the essential codec pack, uncompressed it and copied to "/usr/local/lib/codecs", "/usr/lib/codecs", "/usr/local/lib/win32/", "/usr/lib/win32" and "/usr/local/bin/codecs". But that AVI files still don't play. Perhaps the problem is not the codec used (I think it's some form of DV codec) but the internal structure of the AVI file, may be it is some new version of AVI thant MPlayer cant still read.

Who knows ....

I'll keep trying, thank you anyway
 
Old 11-29-2005, 11:39 PM   #6
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Quote:
Originally posted by janesfelcs
Thank you, Armor.

I've downloaded the essential codec pack, uncompressed it and copied to "/usr/local/lib/codecs", "/usr/lib/codecs", "/usr/local/lib/win32/", "/usr/lib/win32" and "/usr/local/bin/codecs". But that AVI files still don't play. Perhaps the problem is not the codec used (I think it's some form of DV codec) but the internal structure of the AVI file, may be it is some new version of AVI thant MPlayer cant still read.

Who knows ....

I'll keep trying, thank you anyway
Thanks for the hint on /usr/lib/win32.. it got my .wmv working finally.

Incase someone else is reading after me, I ..
- installed mplayer using "yum install mplayer-gui"
- downloaded the essentials codec pack and copied it's contents to /usr/lib/win32 and /usr/local/mplayer/codecs
- I also created a link to /usr/local/codecs off an obscure note I found on another board [ ln -s /usr/lib/codecs /usr/lib/mplayer/codecs ]

and it worked for me. Hope this helps

- phreak
 
Old 12-09-2005, 12:36 PM   #7
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k, there is only one problem with this, i cant copy anything into the /usr/ folder or into anything that is not in the /home/ folder. im very new to linux but i also learn things quickly. any help with this would also be appretiated.

thank you.
 
Old 12-09-2005, 01:13 PM   #8
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btw, its not only mplayer but any player installed in mandrake 10.1
 
Old 12-20-2005, 03:03 AM   #9
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It sounds like you don't have root privileges. By default, you can't modify anything except your /home folder when you're a regular user. (It's a security feature.) If you don't know how to become root, go into a console, then type "su", then type the root password. You're now root. Be very careful, though -- you can really mess things up as the root user if you're not careful. When you're done being root, type "exit".
 
Old 12-20-2005, 06:56 AM   #10
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I'm having the same problem with xine. I have an AVI and an MPG that won't play, but others will. There's nothing wrong with the file because it plays on Windows and also Ubuntu and Vector OS on the same computer. I'm currently using Yoper for other reasons.

I have a copy of the latest codecs in
/usr/lib/win32/codecs
/usr/lib/codecs
/usr/local/bin/codecs

When I play the file, under log it says demux_avi: avi index is broken
The other file uses a quicktime plugin, but frames are thrown out because they're too old?

Under the plugin tab, it looks for plugins in ~/.xine/plugins/ Do I need that folder? Where's the config file that tells xine where to look?
 
  


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