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    Default win32 codecs on 64-bit system

    Greetings, gentlemen.

    How to make win32 codecs (package w32codec-all) work on 64 bit system? Simple install of "w32codec-all" package doesn't help.

    I tried to compile mplayer from sources. After finishing configure, the script returned that win32 codes will be unavailable because of 64-bit system.

    I need to view some avi-files coded in Intel Indeo 4. As I understand, this codec exists only in win32 codecs.

    Please, help.

    Best regards, Aleksey.

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    I found this in one bug report on ffmpeg, said to actually contain the decoder:

    The various versions of Indeo are not backwards-compatible with each other - they are totally different codecs (meaning Indeo 5 can’t decode 3 nor 4, etc.) Fortunately, most installers will bundle the three most relevant versions (3, 4, and 5).
    Intel originally reserved the fourcc’s IV30 all the way to IV50 for its Indeo codecs. IV31, IV32, IV41, and IV50 are probably the only ones you’ll ever encounter. (IV probably stands for Indeo Video.)
    Indeo 5 is commonly chosen as the default codec to capture video by many webcams.
    Indeo 4 and 5 (not 2 nor 3) are two of the rare codecs (commonly used at one time or other) that do not have open-source decoders (in the form of libavcodec) - meaning ffdshow-tryouts and VLC media player can’t decode them.
    Indeo 4 and 5 (and maybe 3 too) are cross-platform (can be in avi or quicktime container). Provided the codecs are properly installed, both QuickTime Player and Windows Media Player can play Indeo in either container.
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    Are there any instructions out there for manually installing the codecs from the win/mac installer on linux?
    At last look, it said that Indeo 5 was included, but not 4 but I have no way to test this. I might suggest you make sure your multimedia is fully up to date using mmcheck and then get back with us:

    MMCHECK - Check Your Multimedia in 10 Steps - Script File, as proposed by RedDwarf - Page 8

    See message #75 for the most recent version of mmcheck.

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    Default Re: win32 codecs on 64-bit system

    The list of supported codecs is at Codec Status Table - MPlayer - The Movie Player, daily generated.

    And no, there is no way to use the Windows 32-bits codecs from a 64 bit player. And don't expect it to be possible any soon.

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    link /usr/lib/codec to
    /usr/lib64/codec
    /usr/lib/win32

    Index of /MPlayer/releases/codecs
    and use the
    all-20110131.tar.bz2



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    Default Re: win32 codecs on 64-bit system

    I've checked my system with mmcheck. The totem browser plug-in is not installed, but I suppose it is not necessary. Anything other is OK.

    I've linked /usr/lib/win32 to /usr/lib64/codecs and /usr/lib64/codec (just in case) and to the same folders in /usr/lib/.

    But nothing helps. It seems that Intel Indeo 4 is only in win32 codecs but how to make them work I don't know

    mplayer gives: Requested video codec family [indeo4] (vfm=vfw) not available.

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    Default Re: win32 codecs on 64-bit system

    On Sun, 12 Jun 2011 22:36:03 GMT, RedDwarf
    <RedDwarf@no-mx.forums.opensuse.org> wrote:

    >
    >The list of supported codecs is at 'Codec Status Table - MPlayer - The
    >Movie Player' (http://www.mplayerhq.hu/DOCS/codecs-status.html), daily
    >generated.
    >
    >And no, there is no way to use the Windows 32-bits codecs from a 64 bit
    >player. And don't expect it to be possible any soon.



    For some reason i thought that 64-bit systems could be installed with
    32-bit execution environments. Maybe that is older openSuse versions or
    specific Desktops.

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    Default Re: win32 codecs on 64-bit system

    The w32-codecs are not needed on a 64bit system. They are not even needed on a 32bit system.

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    Agree with gropiuskalle. I struggled with the same problem when I switched to 64-bit before I realised that the win32-codecs really aren't needed.

    Everything plays with the codecs available in 64-bit repos if you follow the stickied multimedia setup guide in this forum.

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    Default Re: win32 codecs on 64-bit system

    Quote Originally Posted by gropiuskalle View Post
    The w32-codecs are not needed on a 64bit system. They are not even needed on a 32bit system.
    It is needed to play IV41 (Intel Indeo 4). Look at the table.

    And sure, you can install a 32 bits player in a 64 bits openSUSE to be able to use the win32 codecs.

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    Default Re: win32 codecs on 64-bit system

    Fair enough if you still have old Indeo 4 files knocking around from the 1990's - and good luck since that codec isn't even properly supported on Windows Vista or 7. In general however you don't need the win32-codecs at all.

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