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    Default parole wants MPEG-4-AAC decoder and H.264 decoder to play downloadedutube video?


    I've finally got enough stuff working in leap to want to use it on a regular
    basis. So since my brain was tired I decided to kick back and watch a few
    previously downloaded youtube videos.

    Lately I've been downloading them as webm files. But I've got quite a few that
    were downloaded as mp4 files. I use an easily edited play list file {0-Playlist.pls}
    Which I prefer to use with parole.

    With Mageia Linux this works for both webm and mp4 files. But I just
    discovered that the parole I installed in Leap:
    Quote Originally Posted by zypper if parole
    Code:
    Repository: Main Repository (OSS)
    Name: parole
    Version: 0.8.0-2.4
    Arch: x86_64
    Vendor: openSUSE
    Installed: Yes
    wants MPEG-4-AAC decoder and H.264 decoder to play one of my mp4 files.
    I can play them with smplayer. But I {like/am used to} using parole.

    After a bit of poking around I found out that these decoders can supposedly be had
    from rpmfind as faad2-libs & x264-libs... With which info I found these:
    Quote Originally Posted by zypper if libx264-148
    Code:
    Repository: packman
    Name: libx264-148
    Version: 0.148svn20160430-1.1
    Arch: x86_64
    Vendor: http://packman.links2linux.de
    Installed: Yes
    Quote Originally Posted by zypper if libfaad2
    Code:
    Repository: packman
    Name: libfaad2
    Version: 2.7-15.1
    Arch: x86_64
    Vendor: http://packman.links2linux.de
    Installed: Yes
    What do I need to do to get mp4 support in Leap's parole?
    I'd ask if there was a packman version but if there was, then parole should have
    changed vendor when I did the:
    Code:
    zypper dup --from 8
    Note: 8 is the number of my packman repo...


    Suggestions anyone?

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    Default Re: parole wants MPEG-4-AAC decoder and H.264 decoder to play downloadedutube video?

    You did what was necessary to use the codecs from Pacman.
    Assuming your app knows how to use those codecs, it should work.

    Have you rebooted your system?
    Maybe run a system update just to be sure everything else is up to date (not just change vendor to Pacman)
    Code:
    zypper up
    BTW - the problem isn't likely the mp4 container format, the problem is that the video is likely encoded with h.264 which is not completely free... It's free for anyone to encode something for viewing on up to 100 devices but if the video is intended to be seen on more devices, you're supposed to pay a fee (IIRC something like 15 cents per device).

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    Default Re: parole wants MPEG-4-AAC decoder and H.264 decoder to playdownloadedutube video?


    It would appear that on Jun 18, tsu2 did say:

    > You did what was necessary to use the codecs from Pacman.
    > Assuming your app knows how to use those codecs, it should work.


    Yeah that's how I thought it was supposed to work.

    > Have you rebooted your system?


    Many times.

    > Maybe run a system update just to be sure everything else is up to date
    > (not just change vendor to Pacman)


    Since I can't remember doing that since the vendor change, that might even be the
    root of the problem. At least it's worth a try.

    > BTW - the problem isn't likely the mp4 container format, the problem is
    > that the video is likely encoded with h.264 which is not completely
    > free... It's free for anyone to encode something for viewing on up to
    > 100 devices but if the video is intended to be seen on more devices,
    > you're supposed to pay a fee (IIRC something like 15 cents per device).


    You could be right about that... I just know that when I tried to open that mp4, I
    had previously downloaded from youtube, I got separate error pop-ups telling me that
    I needed them.

    Thanks

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    Default AW: parole wants MPEG-4-AAC decoder and H.264 decoder to play downloadedutube video?

    Try to install gstreamer-plugins-ugly-addon

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    Default Re: parole wants MPEG-4-AAC decoder and H.264 decoder to playdownloadedutube video?


    It would appear that on Jun 19, JtWdyP did say:

    > It would appear that on Jun 18, tsu2 did say:
    > > Maybe run a system update just to be sure everything else is up to date
    > > (not just change vendor to Pacman)

    >
    > Since I can't remember doing that since the vendor change, that might even be the
    > root of the problem. At least it's worth a try.


    Nah, didn't make any difference. So I guess I'll get used to using smplayer or vlc for
    that. Thing is I'm not much of a mouse user {I find it hard to click where I thought
    I was pointing} And with parole, when I exit full screen, Not only can I see the
    playlist, but the up/down cursor keys and enter is all I need to quickly select a
    different video whenever I'm not enjoying the one I'm watching.

    I can sort of do that with vlc but:
    After I leave full screen I need to use ^L to pull up the list. When it comes up the
    focus isn't on the list itself. And while it's possible to get there with the tab
    key, I find it hard to tell when I've hit tab the correct number of times. So I wind
    up wrestling with the mouse to "click" on a video title...

    But over all I'm still well pleased with Leap. So I guess I'll just have to get used
    to vlc...

    Thanks for the suggestion

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    Default Re: parole wants MPEG-4-AAC decoder and H.264 decoder to playdownloadedutube video?


    It would appear that on Jun 19, Sauerland did say:

    > Try to install gstreamer-plugins-ugly-addon


    That too was worth a try. Only the closest to that zypper could find was:

    gstreamer-plugins-ugly-orig-addon

    Which didn't make any noticeable difference.

    But thanks for the suggestion, I hadn't thought of it.

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    Default Re: parole wants MPEG-4-AAC decoder and H.264 decoder to play downloadedutube video?

    apparently parole uses the old gstreamer 0.10
    so check you have gstreamer-0_10 and it's plugins (gstreamer-0_10-plugins-bad gstreamer-0_10-plugins-good gstreamer-0_10-plugins-ugly gstreamer-0_10-plugins-ffmpeg) installed from packman and obviously done a full vendor change to packman

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    Default Re: parole wants MPEG-4-AAC decoder and H.264 decoder to playdownloadedutube video?


    It would appear that on Jun 20, I A did say:

    > apparently parole uses the old gstreamer 0.10
    > so check you have gstreamer-0_10 and it's plugins
    > (gstreamer-0_10-plugins-bad gstreamer-0_10-plugins-good
    > gstreamer-0_10-plugins-ugly gstreamer-0_10-plugins-ffmpeg) installed
    > from packman and obviously done a full vendor change to packman


    Sounded good, and I'm just as glad to have the 'old gstreamer 0,10 plugins' installed
    anyway. But no Joy, at least not unless they'd need some service restarted to start
    working. I'll check again after I get around to rebooting.

    Thanks for the suggestion. It was worth trying...

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    Default Re: parole wants MPEG-4-AAC decoder and H.264 decoder to play downloadedutube video?

    Decided to take a look at this, on a TW although I doubt that matters...

    It looks like parole has a bug...

    It doesn't know how to find the codecs installed in the system.

    Also, when it launches and attempts to play a file it doesn't have a codec, it will offer to download and install the codec but it appears that the embedded URL to download the codec is broken (intentionally? Might be when parole is distributed as part of Gnome and due to openSUSE policy on proprietary code).

    Recommend submitting a bug to https://bugzilla.opensuse.org.

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