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    Re: HOWTO: Win32 Video Codecs (AMD64 and 64bit systems)

    Quote Originally Posted by losing.virginia
    I don't have /home/<user name>/.xine/config. There is nothing there. I have totem-xine installed as well as xine-ui. Do I need to do something?
    Another solution if the one of tseliot doesn't solve your problem: if like me you installed xine for the first time at this occasion, you have to launch totem before going further. Launching Totem will create the folder .xine (but not the file config in my case, but then I created it). Don't forget to close Totem before going on.

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    Re: HOWTO: Win32 Video Codecs (AMD64 and 64bit systems)

    No offense but I am not that new..

    I have run totem-xine but when I go to the location /home/<usr>/.xine/ all I have is a catalog.cache file. I have run totem-xine but not xine....

    HAHA just ran Xine and now the config file is there. For some reason when I installed xine it didn't show up in the gnome menus or from the the terminal but did appear after a reboot.

    Is this supposed to do Windows Media 9? I only get audio for wmv files that are encoded as version 9.
    Last edited by losing.virginia; August 11th, 2005 at 03:33 AM.

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    Re: HOWTO: Win32 Video Codecs (AMD64 and 64bit systems)

    As a follow up if I add the line for the win32codecs it disappears after I run Xine or Totem-xine. It seems to regenerate the config file automatically.

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    Re: HOWTO: Win32 Video Codecs (AMD64 and 64bit systems)

    Quote Originally Posted by losing.virginia
    As a follow up if I add the line for the win32codecs it disappears after I run Xine or Totem-xine. It seems to regenerate the config file automatically.
    Don't you worry this is normal, it just moves up the line with win32 codecs path but it doesn't delete it and the videos keep on working.

    As far as wmv9 are concerned, as I said before now I'm stuck with my notebook with Ubuntu32. I can't help you until Compaq gives me my computer (AMD64) back. Then I'm sure I'll find a way to make wmv9 work.

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    Re: HOWTO: Win32 Video Codecs (AMD64 and 64bit systems)

    After a bit of hunting I found the totem_config in /home/<usr>/.gnome2 which seems to be the same as the xine config file. When I looked in the totem-addons it seems that it is full of symlinks to the files /usr/lib/win32. So it seems that the line in the config worked but I just happen to have troublesome files.

    Good luck with the machine

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    Re: HOWTO: Win32 Video Codecs (AMD64 and 64bit systems)

    Quote Originally Posted by tseliot
    This HOWTO is mainly aimed at all the users of Ubuntu 64bit (although it would work also on a 32bit system) who can't (obviously) install these codecs using the repositories.

    If you want to watch your movies (avi and wmv) or listen to your music files (wma) which require Win32 codecs this is what you need:
    Works like a charm Then I can watch my beloved Sherlock Holmes movies again

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    Re: HOWTO: Win32 Video Codecs (AMD64 and 64bit systems)

    About the problems with wmv9 videos.

    Could anybody try to open them (for example you can go ti ign.com and download a video trailer of any game) in kaffeine and mplayer after having followed my guide?

    Please, tell me if it work, as I can't try it myself without my computer.

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    Re: HOWTO: Win32 Video Codecs (AMD64 and 64bit systems)

    Quote Originally Posted by tseliot
    About the problems with wmv9 videos.

    Could anybody try to open them (for example you can go ti ign.com and download a video trailer of any game) in kaffeine and mplayer after having followed my guide?

    Please, tell me if it work, as I can't try it myself without my computer.
    Mmm... sound work but no video
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    Re: HOWTO: Win32 Video Codecs (AMD64 and 64bit systems)

    Ok, thanks for the information.

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    Re: HOWTO: Win32 Video Codecs (AMD64 and 64bit systems)

    Quote Originally Posted by tseliot
    This HOWTO is mainly aimed at all the users of Ubuntu 64bit (although it would work also on a 32bit system) who can't (obviously) install these codecs using the repositories.

    If you want to watch your movies (avi and wmv) or listen to your music files (wma) which require Win32 codecs this is what you need:

    1)You have to OWN A LEGAL COPY of Windows, because these are proprietary codecs (somebody correct me if I'm wrong)

    2)Install “xine-ui” and “totem-xine” in Synaptic or type in the command line:
    sudo apt-get install xine-ui ; totem-xine


    3) Download the codecs from this website:
    http://www.mplayerhq.hu/homepage/design7/dload.html
    (just download the “essential codecs package”)

    4)Open the command line(“Konsole” if you are using KDE, “Terminal” if you are using GNOME) and follow these steps:

    a) Get to the directory where you have downloaded the file (/home/alberto/downloads in my case)

    cd /home/alberto/downloads

    b) Create the directory in which you are going to put the codecs (/usr/lib/win32 in my case)

    sudo mkdir /usr/lib/win32

    c) Now, assuming the file you downloaded is “essential-20050412.tar.bz2”:

    sudo tar jxvf essential-20050412.tar.bz2 /usr/lib/win32

    d) Then, if you are using KDE type: (alberto is my username and the name of my folder, so remember to put YOURS)

    kate /home/alberto/.xine/config

    Otherwise if you are using GNOME type:

    gedit /home/alberto/.xine/config

    (please don't forget to put the dot “.” before the word “xine”)

    e) Get to the end of the document and add the following line:

    decoder.external.win32_codecs_path:/usr/lib/win32

    Here's an example (part of my config file):

    # percentage of skipped frames to tolerate
    # numeric, default: 10
    #engine.performance.warn_skipped_threshold:10

    # allow implicit changes to the configuration (e.g. by MRL)
    # bool, default: 0
    #misc.implicit_config:0

    decoder.external.win32_codecs_path:/usr/lib/win32

    f) Save the file (yes, overwrite it) and exit.

    g) Now restart xine (if you were using it)

    Congratulations, now you can open wma, wmv, and avi files by using Totem and Xine!


    P.S.:Unfortunately I didn't get Amarok to play wma files although I installed its xine engine and I set it as its default engine.
    Well, better than nothing!

    Alberto

    UPDATE: It seems wmv9 don't work with my HOWTO. I promise to find a way to make them work as soon as I have my computer back from Compaq.
    I got as far as sudo tar jxvf essential-20050412.tar.bz2 /usr/lib/win32 but keep getting the error message:
    tar: /usr/lib/win32: Not found in archive
    tar: Error exit delayed from previous errors

    I've checked that /usr/lib/win32 has been created, and it has. What am I doing wrong?

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