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Author Topic: VLC, Mplayer and xine: sound but no video for some .avi files  (Read 2402 times)
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« on: January 16, 2008, 11:45:11 pm »


I'm encountering some troubles while playing .avi files with vlc.
Coming from Ubuntu 7.10, I migrated recently to way faster Vector linux 5.9 std gold and the sole problem i get concerned this multimedia decoding.
I tried to play avi files, that played like a charm under ubuntu and VLC 0.8.6, on vector linux and VLC 0.8.6 (vl 5.9 package) and i just get sound and no videos.
Problem is that Mplayer and Xine do not play this files either (but in ubuntu they did).

Any suggestions will be very welcomed.

Thank you very much!!
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« Reply #1 on: January 17, 2008, 12:04:55 am »

No suggestions, but it looks like something may be wrong with our ffmpeg version then, since all 3 of these players use ffmpeg to decode. There's probably support for a particular codec missing. Can you try the following on one of the files that doesn't work for you:
ffplay (filename) -stats
and post the "Stream" info in the output? Should look something like this:   
Stream #0.0: Video: mpeg4, yuv420p, 384x288, 25.00 fps(r)
  Stream #0.1: Audio: mp3, 44100 Hz, stereo, 128 kb/s

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« Reply #2 on: January 17, 2008, 12:13:38 am »

Thank you for your quick answer!

I'll try this as soon as i get home after work. Wink

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« Reply #3 on: January 17, 2008, 12:20:19 pm »

The headacher,

here is the result of ffplay -stats

Input #0, ac3, from 'by.bb23.S01.13.Une.soiree.d.enfer.avi':
  Duration: 06:32:40.3, bitrate: 80 kb/s
  Stream #0.0: Audio: liba52, 32000 Hz, stereo, 80 kb/s
No accelerated IMDCT transform found
[liba52 @ 0xb7dd7450]Error decoding frame
[liba52 @ 0xb7dd7450]Error decoding frame
[liba52 @ 0xb7dd7450]Error decoding frame
[liba52 @ 0xb7dd7450]Error decoding frame
[liba52 @ 0xb7dd7450]Error decoding frame
[liba52 @ 0xb7dd7450]Error decoding frame

I try to run vlc on the terminal on the same file:

VLC media player 0.8.6d Janus
[00000275] main decoder error: no suitable decoder module for fourcc `XVID'.
VLC probably does not support this sound or video format.
[00000254] main playlist: stopping playback

It appers so that problem comes from a missing xvid codec, but xvid is installed ( xvidcore 1.1.3-i586-2vl59)

are there other packages needed?

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« Reply #4 on: January 17, 2008, 07:40:17 pm »

That's odd.  Ffmpeg's xvid IS enabled:
leeh:$ ffmpeg -version
FFmpeg version SVN-r10521, Copyright (c) 2000-2007 Fabrice Bellard, et al.
  configuration: --prefix=/usr --mandir=/usr/man --enable-shared --disable-debug --enable-gpl --enable-pp --enable-swscaler --enable-libdc1394 --enable-liba52 --enable-liba52bin --enable-libfaac --enable-libfaad --enable-libfaadbin --enable-libgsm --enable-libmp3lame --enable-libogg --enable-libtheora --enable-libvorbis --enable-libx264 --enable-libxvid --enable-x11grab --enable-pthreads
  libavutil version: 49.5.0
  libavcodec version: 51.44.0
  libavformat version: 51.13.3
  built on Sep 17 2007 15:42:16, gcc: 4.1.2
ffmpeg      SVN-r10521
libavutil   3212544
libavcodec  3353600
libavformat 3345667

I used ffplay with "-stats" to play a xvid with success until I stopped it:
leeh:$ ffplay Harry.Potter.And.The.Order.Of.The.Phoenix.avi -stats
Input #0, avi, from 'Harry.Potter.And.The.Order.Of.The.Phoenix.avi':
  Duration: 02:11:50.4, start: 0.000000, bitrate: 966 kb/s
  Stream #0.0: Video: mpeg4, yuv420p, 512x208, 25.00 fps(r)
  Stream #0.1: Audio: mp3, 44100 Hz, stereo, 192 kb/s
invalid new backstep 590
invalid new backstep 591
  11.56 A-V:  0.002 aq=   80KB vq=   84KB sq=    0B   

Maybe you should try to reinstall ffmpeg just in case the files got screwed up?

Edit: Just to satisfy my curiosity, could you post the complete output of:
ffmpeg -version
Please ?
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