A long time ago I had vlc working on my system, but along the way I did an upgrade and vlc stopped working. More specifically, the audio codecs seem to work just fine, but there is no video.
I am now fiddling with this a bit and would like to get the video running. However vlc does not seem to be able to locate the codecs or where the codecs are supposed to go.
I did visit the vlc homepage, read the faq and the installation instructions, and come up pretty much blank.
The codecs for vlc appear to be located in /usr/lib/vlc/codec (and also in /usr/local/lib/vlc/codec) and doing an strace vlc indicates that it is looking in the right place for them.
But the preferences Input/Codecs section shows only a Theora codec and a Fake codec and I get no video.
Running VLC from the command line gives this error on an avi:
 main decoder error: no suitable decoder module for fourcc `XVID'.
VLC probably does not support this sound or video format.
and gives this error on a wmv:
 main video output error: no video filter module matched "scale"
 main video output error: no suitable vout module
 main video output error: cannot delete object (356, (null)) with children
 main decoder error: failed to create video output
The system is Mandriva 2008 and it is vlc 0.8.6.
Anyone know what is happening?