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Jasethemuss
April 30th, 2008, 08:45 PM
Hi there,

I've had a few ongoing problems with video which I haven't had much trouble resolving after trawling the site and further afield. I've followed all the steps here http://ubuntuforums.org/showthread.php?t=766683&highlight=mplayer+hardy
but am still having trouble on a couple of embedded video sites.

I can play quicktime movies from the apple site fine, but some others I'm just give me a blank screen with no ability to right click for menu options or anything. For example, does anyone know what I would need to view the video on this site here:

http://www.tv3.co.nz/VideoBrowseAll/3NewsLiveStream/tabid/387/Default.aspx

Although mplayer and its firefox plugin are installed, embedded videos don't show any acknowledgement that they're using mplayer (e.g. the mplayer icon in the corner of the screen, the loading % etc). Is this normal for 8.04 now, or is it actually using another application possibly?

Thanks in advance...

Roger D
April 30th, 2008, 08:54 PM
Perhaps you need to install Flash - go to Synaptic

Roger D

Jasethemuss
May 1st, 2008, 07:27 AM
Thanks Roger - I already have flash installed though; version 9.0.124 according to synaptic.

diablo75
May 1st, 2008, 07:37 AM
Try Applications>Add/Remove, change the filter to show "all available applications", and then do a search for the word "restricted". Check off "Ubuntu Restricted Extras" if it's not already checked, and then click Apply. This will install Java as well as a bunch of video codecs.

I'm not exactly sure why, but I have no problem playing the video. The source HTML appears to reference a WMV file in there....

FreewheelinFrank
May 1st, 2008, 07:44 AM
The Mplayer plug-in comes up for me, but then it just shows "stopped".

diablo75
May 1st, 2008, 07:51 AM
The Mplayer plug-in comes up for me, but then it just shows "stopped".

I'm running a fresh install of 8.04, and Firefox is using totem-player by default instead of mplayer. If you're getting mplayer, you could try hitting the play button a few times. Sound stupid, but most of the time it does the trick...

Jasethemuss
May 1st, 2008, 11:15 AM
Try Applications>Add/Remove, change the filter to show "all available applications", and then do a search for the word "restricted". Check off "Ubuntu Restricted Extras" if it's not already checked, and then click Apply. This will install Java as well as a bunch of video codecs.

I'm not exactly sure why, but I have no problem playing the video. The source HTML appears to reference a WMV file in there....

I'd already installed the restricted extras - double checked as per your suggestion, but it was ticked. The problem seemed to occur after I ran a bunch of recommended system updates. It had been working previously, but it's a mystery to me what's actually changed.

Jasethemuss
May 1st, 2008, 11:38 AM
I'm thinking of uninstalling all the plugins and firefox and then running through a fresh install of everything I need based on the tutorial mentioned above. Also, I think I may have accidentally wiped one of the lines on my sources list. A previous post on another thread http://ubuntuforums.org/showthread.php?t=739119 gave a sample default list:

## team.
deb http://us.archive.ubuntu.com/ubuntu/ hardy universe
deb http://us.archive.ubuntu.com/ubuntu/ hardy-updates universe

## N.B. software from this repository is ENTIRELY UNSUPPORTED by the Ubuntu
## team, and may not be under a free licence. Please satisfy yourself as to
## your rights to use the software. Also, please note that software in
## multiverse WILL NOT receive any review or updates from the Ubuntu
## security team.
deb http://us.archive.ubuntu.com/ubuntu/ hardy multiverse
deb http://us.archive.ubuntu.com/ubuntu/ hardy-updates multiverse

## Uncomment the following two lines to add software from the 'backports'
## repository.
## N.B. software from this repository may not have been tested as
## extensively as that contained in the main release, although it includes
## newer versions of some applications which may provide useful features.
## Also, please note that software in backports WILL NOT receive any review
## or updates from the Ubuntu security team.
# deb http://us.archive.ubuntu.com/ubuntu/ hardy-backports main restricted universe multiverse
# deb-src http://us.archive.ubuntu.com/ubuntu/ hardy-backports main restricted universe multiverse

## Uncomment the following two lines to add software from Canonical's
## 'partner' repository. This software is not part of Ubuntu, but is
## offered by Canonical and the respective vendors as a service to Ubuntu
## users.
deb http://archive.canonical.com/ubuntu hardy partner
# deb-src http://archive.canonical.com/ubuntu hardy partner

deb http://us.archive.ubuntu.com/ubuntu/ hardy-security main restricted
deb-src http://us.archive.ubuntu.com/ubuntu/ hardy-security restricted main multiverse universe #Added by software-properties
deb http://us.archive.ubuntu.com/ubuntu/ hardy-security universe
deb http://us.archive.ubuntu.com/ubuntu/ hardy-security multiverse


Does that look sound, or should I be using something else?

Artificial Intelligence
May 1st, 2008, 11:46 AM
Uninstall totem-mozilla it usually interfer with mplayer-plugin.

Jasethemuss
May 1st, 2008, 11:58 AM
Un
install totem-mozilla it usually interfer with mplayer-plugin.

Yeah, I gathered that after reading a few other similar forum questions, but I made sure I'd uninstalled that before I posted here. So, it shouldn't be a case of totem interfering. Thanks though.

por100pre1
May 1st, 2008, 12:40 PM
Weird. I can't even access that webpage. :(

Jasethemuss
May 3rd, 2008, 12:33 AM
Maybe I should do a clean install of Hardy, given that I upgraded from Gutsy? I'd want to make sure I didn't lose all my data though...
I would just shrug my shoulders and accept I can't play some formats, but I pay for a subscription to a jiu-jitsu site, so it's just money down the drain and I don't want to have to cancel it if there's a chance of solving the problem.

Any advice?

Jasethemuss
May 3rd, 2008, 03:12 PM
I'm glad I'm already bald, else I woulda had a bleeding scalp from tearing my hair out over the hours I've spent on this. The good news is I've finally sorted the problem. It was a conflict between mozplugger and the mozilla-mplayer plugin. As soon as I removed mozplugger, bingo.
I still couldn't get it to work with the gnome-mplayer though and reverted back instead to the regular mplayer app, but I'm happy with that.

Thanks for the tips everyone.