once more into the breach: the linux video self-abuse kit

If you are:

  • Using Fedora Core 2;
  • Able to watch and listen to MPEG files (libmpeg2);
  • Able to watch and listen to WMV 9 files (WMV 9 win32; MS WM Audio 2 ffmpeg);
  • Able to watch and listen to QuickTime (Sorenson 1 ffmpeg; QDesign Audio v2) using the same program;

then please tell me everything you had to install to make that work, and you will be my hero.

If this does not describe you exactly, then please do not respond. Really: if you are not a user of FC2 who has all three of those problems solved with a single player program, then I am completely uninterested in what you have to say. Don't make me ban you.

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What I have tried:

  • xine:
    xine-0.99.2-1.1.fc2.fr, xine-lib-1.0.0-0.14.rc6a.1.fc2.fr
  • mplayer:
    mplayer-1.0-0.11.pre5.1.fc2.fr, mplayer-fonts-1.1-2.fr, mplayer-skins-1.4-1.fr
  • totem:
    totem-0.99.15.1-1.1.fc2.fr
  • vlc:
    videolan-client-0.7.2-1.1.fc2.fr
  • codecs:
    all-20040916.tar.bz2 into /usr/lib/win32/
    (I also tried only essential-20040922.tar.bz2, same results.)

Results:

  • xine:
    • MPEG: works.
    • WMV9: dumps core at startup ~90% of the time (that is, if I run it 10x on the same file, it works once, and dumps core every other time.)
    • QT: unsupported audio codec QDesign Audio v2 QDM2.
  • gmplayer:
    • MPEG: works.
    • WMV9: dumps core at startup.
    • QT: works.
  • totem:
    • MPEG: works.
    • WMV9: dumps core at startup.
    • QT: no audio.
  • vlc:
    • MPEG: works.
    • WMV9: no video.
    • QT: no audio.

Here are a couple of short test files: test.wmv, test.mov.

Update: I was able to get gmplayer to work with "execstack -s /usr/bin/mplayer", but I still can't get xine to work. I would rather use xine (or totem or vlc) because I hate gmplayer's UI way more than all the others.

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