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Old 04-30-2004, 02:28 AM   #1
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playing avi and wmv files in xine ?


Do I need a special codec to play avi and wmv files in xine? I keep telling Mozilla to use xine for them but it will only work with mpegs. Thanks.
 
Old 04-30-2004, 08:40 AM   #2
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Yes, xine uses win32 DLLs to decode avi streams. Here you find informations on where to find them:
http://www.amalthea.de/xine/win32codec.spec
 
Old 05-09-2004, 04:07 AM   #3
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xine and codecs

This looks like what I need to do too because xine will play my WMV files so I can hear the sound but no picture is displayed.

So, I go to http://www.amalthea.de/xine/win32codec.spec where it says go to ftp site ftp://ftp.mplayerhq.hu/MPlayer/releases/codecs/

Then if you look here:
http://www.amalthea.de/xine/ it says: "Due to legal reasons I cannot provide a RPM with the Windows DLLs. You have to download the DLLs from somewhere else. See the specfile for locations. For packaging the RPM, copy the DLL tarballs to SOURCES/win32codecs.tar.bz2 and SOURCES/qt6dlls.tar.bz2 and the specfile from here to SPECS/win32codec.spec under /usr/src/packages for SuSE or /usr/src/redhat for RedHat. Then type rpm -bb /usr/src/*/SPECS/win32codec.spec (later versions of RPM use the command rpmbuild here). You will find the freshly built binary RPM under the RPMS directory of the package building tree. Install it as usual."

I don't really follow the text above, and in any case I'm running Mandrake 10. Can someone say a few words on how to make this work?

Thankyou,
 
Old 08-22-2004, 03:33 AM   #4
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wonder if i can download a winblows program and use wine? i have the same problem with totem not handling wmv's well. I either get sound and no picture, i have to manually advance frames, or no sound. It's damn frustrating
 
Old 08-22-2004, 03:44 AM   #5
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got any links to wmv's that don't work? i don't go to many places where they use wmv's but the one's i've seen seem to work fine using the latest xine-lib. i'm using konq as my browser with kaffeine as the xine wrapper for handling embedded video media files, though. it could be that the videos aren't encoded right as wmv videos that didn't seem to work right in linux also didn't work right with wmp either in windows. hard to say without some examples of videos you're trying to access.

but in reality, you could just get the codecs (use the tarballs) from mplayer's sight and untar them in /usr/lib/win32 (create the directory if needed) and xine will use them with no problems (from what i've experienced).

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Old 08-22-2004, 03:00 PM   #6
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i can see the movies fine from the xp machines, they are on ebaumsworld. I think it may be the xine is not configured properly. I see xine-config on my system, but no xine program (using updatedb/locate) I downloaded the latest version, the winblows codecs, got compile errors. downloaded the rpm's, installed, got errors. The ./configure went allright, but make blew up in my face. Will keep hacking on it.
 
Old 08-22-2004, 03:35 PM   #7
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well i was able to play them videos in konqueror using xine-libs as the engine and the kaffeine kparts service for handling embedded video files, so they will play in linux using xine or kaffeine. i think it's just a matter of getting all the dependancies and installing and configuring xine and/or kaffeine.
 
Old 08-22-2004, 04:10 PM   #8
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Ok, xine works, but still has no sound, and playback of a wmv is extremely crappy. How do i tell xine to use windows codecs? i have them, downloaded into /usr/local/lib/codecs I checked my /home/jay/.xine/config file, there seemed to be no place to add a link telling xine where to find windows codecs. It refused to play a .avi file using xine-ui but totem played it perfectly. I am at a bit of a loss.

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Old 08-23-2004, 02:31 AM   #9
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Right click xine click settings and go to codecs tab. There should be a section there for you to put the exact pathname to your windows codecs. If you do not see it then your configuration settings may be on begginer. Click on `gui' tab and change the "Configuration Experience Level" to something greater than begginer. Changing it to Master of Known Universe will display all config settings.
 
Old 08-24-2004, 06:04 PM   #10
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the only codec's it lets me path to is the realplayer ones
 
Old 08-25-2004, 01:21 AM   #11
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Quote:
Originally posted by Ghost_runner
the only codec's it lets me path to is the realplayer ones
The selection for the path to the windows codecs should be directly below that. As I said, if it's not then you will more than likely need to change your experience level to a higher one.
 
Old 08-25-2004, 03:37 AM   #12
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a graphical look at what to change.

changing your user experience level:

Xine Config Screenshot #1

setting your windows codecs library path:

Xine Config Screenshot #2

fyi, xine defaults to looking for codecs in /usr/lib/win32

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Old 08-26-2004, 12:34 PM   #13
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it's set to master of the universe, still only shows realplayer codec path, i'll move my codecs to /usr/lib/win32 see if that makes any difference, thanx

edit: I am using 0.9.23, is this the latest version?

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Old 08-27-2004, 05:18 PM   #14
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my xine doesn't have that block, and it's set to master of the universe, i went into .xine/config and manually edited it to show
codecs.win32_path:/usr/lib/win32
and made sure the codecs were there, still have problems, playback is crappy, and sound is non-existant
 
Old 08-27-2004, 06:37 PM   #15
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This problem is common amongst Mandrake users because I am going through the same thing and it seems like people who report this problem are Mandrake users.

Best is to use another player other than Xine, like Mplayer.

Oh yeah, and don't even bother compiling the new version of Xine if you are a Mandrake user. It's practically impossible to compile anything in Mandrake, if you haven't discovered this already.
 
  


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