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    Minimal packages needed to play H.264 video

    I am trying to see if I can get video playing without installing a bunch of extra packages. That leaves out the restricted extras packages.

    Supposedly, recent Firefox builds have much more built in capacity for playing HTML5/H.264 video, but I don't have it working.
    I read that I need the gstreamer1.0-plugins-good and gstreamer1.0-libav packages, but that is not enough for the following sites:

    http://www.youtube.com/html5
    http://vimeo.com/86155755

    As well, the Totem Video player cannot find H.264 codecs.

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    Re: Minimal packages needed to play H.264 video

    open synaptic package manager there you can choose what ever you want. Then it will integrate with any system installed player and you can watch.
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    Re: Minimal packages needed to play H.264 video

    1) Synaptic is not installed in Ubuntu 14.04 by default. I am using "apt-cache search" and "apt-get install".
    2) What do I want? What package in Ubuntu 14.04 will allow H.264 video?

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    Re: Minimal packages needed to play H.264 video

    Just got through reading the earlier post of this: http://ubuntuforums.org/showthread.php?t=2208040

    Looks like I need to wait for a build of Firefox that can use gstreamer 1.0.
    Last edited by alan-pater; March 11th, 2014 at 10:43 PM.

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    Re: Minimal packages needed to play H.264 video

    Videos (aka Totem) is not playing the video from .flv files. It does play the audio.

    mp4 videos, on the other hand, play both the video and the audio.

    Both FLV and MP4 files contain h.264 video.

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    Re: Minimal packages needed to play H.264 video

    Each player is different, you've asked about totem (Videos

    gstreamer1.0-libav will give you h.264 in common containers with aac, ect.
    gstreamer1.0-plugins-bad will take care of remaining (inc. .flv
    If need be also install gstreamer1.0-plugins-ugly

    Players like vlc, mplayer, mpv do not use gstreamer so simply installing them takes care of any needed external libs

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    Re: Minimal packages needed to play H.264 video

    Quote Originally Posted by mc4man View Post
    gstreamer1.0-plugins-bad will take care of remaining (inc. .flv
    Interesting bunch of packages and libraries in the gstreamer1.0-plugins-bad metapackage, but it's not clear which will help play H.264 video in an FLV container.
    libdc1394-22 - high level programming interface for IEEE1394 digital camera
    libass4 - library for SSA/ASS subtitles rendering
    libchromaprint0 - audio fingerprint library
    libdca0 - decoding library for DTS Coherent Acoustics streams
    libdvdnav4 - DVD navigation library
    libdvdread4 - library for reading DVDs
    libenca0 - Extremely Naive Charset Analyser
    libfaad2 - freeware Advanced Audio Decoder
    libfftw3-double3 - Library for computing Fast Fourier Transforms
    libflite1 - Small run-time speech synthesis engine
    libfluidsynth1 - Real-time MIDI software synthesizer
    libgles2-mesa - free implementation of the OpenGL|ES 2.x API
    libgme0 - Playback library for video game music files
    libgtkglext1 - OpenGL Extension to GTK+
    libilmbase6 - several utility libraries from ILM used by OpenEXR
    libkate1 - Kate is a codec for karaoke and text encapsulation
    libmimic0 - A video codec for Mimic V2.x content
    libmms0 - MMS stream protocol library
    libmodplug1 - shared libraries for mod music based on ModPlug
    libmpg123-0 - MPEG layer 1/2/3 audio decoder
    libofa0-dev - Library for acoustic fingerprinting
    libopenal1 - Software implementation of the OpenAL API
    libopencv-* - computer vision libraries
    libopenexr6 - runtime files for the OpenEXR image library
    libsoundtouch0 - Sound stretching library
    libspandsp2 - Telephony signal processing library
    libsrtp0 - Secure RTP (SRTP) and UST Reference Implementations
    libswscale2 - Libav video scaling library
    libtbb2 - parallelism library for C++ - runtime files
    libvo-aacenc0 - VisualOn AAC encoder library
    libvo-amrwbenc0 - VisualOn AMR-WB encoder library
    libwildmidi1 - software MIDI player library
    libzbar0 - bar code scanner and decoder
    freepats - Free patch set for MIDI audio synthesis

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    Re: Minimal packages needed to play H.264 video

    Aha, narrowed it down!
    gstreamer1.0-plugins-bad-videoparsers
    So now Videos can play FLV files

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    Re: Minimal packages needed to play H.264 video

    Quote Originally Posted by alan-pater View Post
    Aha, narrowed it down!So now Videos can play FLV files
    It appears that in 14.04 they split up 'bad' into 3 packages

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    Re: Minimal packages needed to play H.264 video

    Ok. The next video file I am testing is with a .DIVX extension. System reports MP3 audio, DivX MPEG-4 video, and subpicture/x-xsub as unknown.

    Audio did not play, taken care of with a: sudo apt-get install gstreamer1.0-fluendo-mp3

    But no subtitles.

    Another video with subtitles that will not play, this time with a .MKV extension. Audio and video both play. audio: MPEG-4 AAC video: H.264

    subtitles: DVD subpicture

    So I have a couple of movies that Movies cannot show the subtitles for ....
    Last edited by alan-pater; March 12th, 2014 at 01:19 AM.

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