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    Exclamation Can't get WMV file to play in 64-bit Ubuntu 12.04

    I have installed Ubuntu 12.04 LTS on my Dell Inspiron 530. I have some wmv video files from my Windows machine. If I try to open these files usiing any player e.g.
    1) VLC Player
    2) UM Player
    3) SM Player
    4) MPlayer Media Player
    , it gives only voice. The video comes garbled.

    I have tried:
    1) Downloaded and applied restricted update
    2) Downloaded and applied videolan codecs. It seems medibuntu website is closed.

    I must have spent almost 60 hours trying to fix this. I have also tried to do same thing in Ubuntu 13.10 no luck. Please help if possible.
    Last edited by V_Naik; April 14th, 2014 at 01:27 AM.

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    Re: Can't get WMV file to play in 64-bit Ubuntu 12.04

    Can you give a download link for one of the troublesome videos?
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    Re: Can't get WMV file to play in 64-bit Ubuntu 12.04

    You could also ck. the mplayer log in smplayer or run mplayer from a terminal
    (or identify the vid with mediainfo

    If it's a mms2 then you'll not be able to play on 12.04 64 bit with stock 12.04 media players, if not mms2 then the logs or terminal output could prove informative.

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    Re: Can't get WMV file to play in 64-bit Ubuntu 12.04

    There was a problem with Windows Media files on 64-bit versions of mplayer because the codecs for WM files are 32-bit. I don't know whether that is still true; Andrew might have a better understanding of the problem. All the files I watch use H.264 in the Matroska container.
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    Re: Can't get WMV file to play in 64-bit Ubuntu 12.04

    Can you give me more details about Matroska container?

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    Re: Can't get WMV file to play in 64-bit Ubuntu 12.04

    Format : VC-1
    Format profile : AP@L1
    Codec ID : WVC1
    Codec ID/Hint : Microsoft
    Description of the codec : Windows Media Video 9 Advanced Profile

    Downloaded Matroska, does not seem to support WMV....
    Last edited by V_Naik; April 15th, 2014 at 05:38 AM.

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    Re: Can't get WMV file to play in 64-bit Ubuntu 12.04

    Quote Originally Posted by V_Naik View Post
    Format : VC-1
    Format profile : AP@L1
    Codec ID : WVC1
    Codec ID/Hint : Microsoft
    Description of the codec : Windows Media Video 9 Advanced Profile
    I would have thought that a modern enough MPlayer could cope with that using ffvc1:

    Code:
    andrew@skamandros~$ mplayer Test_1440x576_WVC1_6Mbps.wmv 
    MPlayer SVN-r37150-4.8.2 (C) 2000-2014 MPlayer Team
    
    Playing Test_1440x576_WVC1_6Mbps.wmv.
    libavformat version 55.37.100 (internal)
    ASF file format detected.
    [asfheader] Video stream found, -vid 1
    VIDEO:  [WVC1]  1440x576  24bpp  1000.000 fps  6000.0 kbps (732.4 kbyte/s)
    Load subtitles in ./
    ==========================================================================
    Requested video codec family [wmvvc1dmo] (vfm=dmo) not available.
    Enable it at compilation.
    Opening video decoder: [ffmpeg] FFmpeg's libavcodec codec family
    libavcodec version 55.58.103 (internal)
    Selected video codec: [ffvc1] vfm: ffmpeg (FFmpeg WVC1)
    ==========================================================================
    Audio: no sound
    Starting playback...
    Movie-Aspect is 2.50:1 - prescaling to correct movie aspect.
    VO: [xv] 1440x576 => 1440x576 Planar YV12 
    V:   5.1   3/  3 ??% ??% ??,?% 0 0 
    [VD_FFMPEG] DRI failure.
    V:  24.8 497/497 28%  2%  0.0% 0 0 
    
    Exiting... (Quit)
    You cannot give a link to your file or upload it somewhere? This would take a lot of the guesswork out...

    Quote Originally Posted by V_Naik View Post
    Downloaded Matroska, does not seem to support WMV....
    'Matroska' refers to a media container rather than a codec or a player so it will be of no help to you in this case . Matroska btw is the most brilliantly flexible container available today and there are some great tools available for working with it.
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    Re: Can't get WMV file to play in 64-bit Ubuntu 12.04

    This is more detail about clip...

    MPlayer svn r34540 (Ubuntu), built with gcc-4.6 (C) 2000-2012 MPlayer Team

    Playing 2003_Sept_TDK 2010_08_31_22_53_21.wmv.
    libavformat version 53.21.1 (external)
    Mismatching header version 53.19.0
    ASF file format detected.
    [asfheader] Audio stream found, -aid 1
    [asfheader] Video stream found, -vid 2
    VIDEO: [WVC1] 720x480 24bpp 1000.000 fps 4000.0 kbps (488.3 kbyte/s)
    Clip info:
    title: 2003_Sept_TDK
    Load subtitles in ./
    ================================================== ========================
    Opening video decoder: [ffmpeg] FFmpeg's libavcodec codec family
    libavcodec version 53.35.0 (external)
    Mismatching header version 53.32.2
    Selected video codec: [ffvc1] vfm: ffmpeg (FFmpeg WVC1)
    ================================================== ========================
    ================================================== ========================
    Opening audio decoder: [ffmpeg] FFmpeg/libavcodec audio decoders
    AUDIO: 48000 Hz, 2 ch, s16le, 128.0 kbit/8.33% (ratio: 16002->192000)
    Selected audio codec: [ffwmav2] afm: ffmpeg (DivX audio v2 (FFmpeg))
    ================================================== ========================
    AO: [pulse] 48000Hz 2ch s16le (2 bytes per sample)
    Starting playback...
    Movie-Aspect is undefined - no prescaling applied.
    VO: [xv] 720x480 => 720x480 Planar YV12
    [vc1 @ 0x7facdab483c0]concealing 0 DC, 0 AC, 0 MV errors
    [vc1 @ 0x7facdab483c0]concealing 0 DC, 0 AC, 0 MV errors
    A: 5.1 V: 5.0 A-V: 0.050 ct: 0.000 2/ 2 ??% ??% ??,?% 1 0 ^[[J^M
    [vc1 @ 0x7facdab483c0]concealing 0 DC, 0 AC, 0 MV errors

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    Re: Can't get WMV file to play in 64-bit Ubuntu 12.04

    Looks like you have the correct codecs in place to play the file, perhaps a less aged version of MPlayer might get things going? Again, nice to see the file itself....
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    Re: Can't get WMV file to play in 64-bit Ubuntu 12.04

    How can I download latest version of mPlayer?

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