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Old 07-07-2009, 05:38 AM   #1
Steve W
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mplayer & H.264/AVC Video

I have mplayer installed, but it won't play files designated as "H.264/AVC Video". I have downloaded a series of James Burke's "Connections" (it's excellent!) off of YouTube. Some of the files are in Sorenson video format - they play fine in mplayer. Others are in H.264/AVC Video and don't play at all.

I can play H.264/AVC Video in Totem - but for some reason the sound and the video become unsynchonised. I can handle this in mplayer as it has functions for playing audio & video at different rates. I cannot do this in Totem (as far as I know).

I have searched for any kind of mplayer codec for H.264/AVC Video - without success.

Does anyone have any suggestions? I had optimistically thought that mplayer could play anything, given suitable codecs...

Old 07-07-2009, 07:29 AM   #2
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Totem uses GStreamer or Xine to play video, and I think mplayer does its own thing. MPlayer certainly can handle h264; I've done it.

Are the following packages installed?: ffmpeg x264 libx264-dev
Old 07-07-2009, 08:22 AM   #3
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Are the following packages installed?: ffmpeg x264 libx264-dev
I originally thought "How can I tell? Is there a shell command I can use?" Then I remembered Synaptic and searched for x264 and libx264-dev in there. Neither were installed. However, after installing both and rebooting, mplayer still will not play these H.264/AVC Videos. If I try playing them from the Shell, I get screens of error messages, most of them telling me I don't have the codec for it...

You refer to ffmpeg - is this mplayer by another name?


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