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    Default Lost support for H.264 video in browsers

    Hello,


    I have happily been using LEAP 42.3 for a long time but recently (probably due to an update) I cannot watch many streaming videos anymore in Firefox (also Chromium does not work). Youtube is still OK, luckily.

    For instance, I cannot watch any video anymore from this site:
    https://www.tagesschau.de/

    This site tells me, that I am missing H.264, H.265 and MPEG-4 ASP support (among other things).
    https://html5test.com/

    I had pulled in the patented multimedia codecs long time ago, but because of this problem I redid the procedure as outlined here:
    https://opensuse-community.org/
    First, the packages got downgraded and changed vendor from packman to opensuse and then during the "Switch system packages" part they were upgraded again and changed vendor to packman again, but it did not help.

    What can I do?


    Best regards,
    Lothar

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    Default Re: Lost support for H.264 video in browsers

    Try zypper rm chromium - it breaks all video since tuesday in 42.3 but not in 15.0. This fixed my Firefox video issue.

    See my other post

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    Default Re: Lost support for H.264 video in browsers

    currently the packman build of ffmpeg4 does not compile for LEAP 42.3 (the OSS version does not support restricted formats)
    http://lists.links2linux.de/pipermai...ly/015706.html
    Firefox uses the latest version of ffmpeg installed it can use 4.0 3.4 or lower atm your only choices are remove ffmpeg4 (and it's libraries libavcodec58 libavformat58 etc)
    unfortunately chromium can't use older versions of ffmpeg but you could use chrome

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    Default Re: Lost support for H.264 video in browsers

    Thanks, I_A!
    Deinstallation of chromium, libavcodec58 and libavformat58 indeed did the trick!

    Best regards,
    Lothar

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    Default Re: Lost support for H.264 video in browsers

    Hello,

    deinstallation of these three packages worked well for me as well!!!

    Thanks a lot for this helpful advice!!

    Wolfgang

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    Default Re: Lost support for H.264 video in browsers

    hi folks,
    same trouble here. I hope it will be fixed soon or should I update to Leap 15?

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    Default Re: Lost support for H.264 video in browsers

    Quote Originally Posted by bat86 View Post
    hi folks,
    same trouble here. I hope it will be fixed soon or should I update to Leap 15?
    I had the same problem here with my wife's laptop. I messed around with the codecs a bit, but could not solve it.
    I installed chrome (where all the necessary codecs are builtin) and that works. That will have to do for now.

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    Default Re: Lost support for H.264 video in browsers

    Quote Originally Posted by smspvdm View Post
    I had the same problem here with my wife's laptop. I messed around with the codecs a bit, but could not solve it.
    I installed chrome (where all the necessary codecs are builtin) and that works. That will have to do for now.
    atm an unrestricted version of ffmpeg-4 can not be build for LEAP 42.3 meaning Chromium won't play restricted formats and while Firefox can use older versions of ffmpeg by default it uses the newest it can find on the system so if you have ffmpeg-4 libs (libavcodec58 libavformat58) firefox will use them although in LEAP 42.3 they don't work
    http://lists.links2linux.de/pipermai...ly/015706.html
    they might get fixed but when will that be ...
    http://lists.links2linux.de/pipermai...st/015715.html
    a workaround is to remove the ffmpeg-4 libs libavcodec58 and libavformat58 and use ffmpeg 3.4 libavcodec57 and libavformat57
    there is no fix for Chromium as it uses the system ffmpeg Chrome comes with it's own ffmpeg build (I'm not sure which version as I don't have Chrome) and vivaldi from packman seams to work for me (but I'm on 15)
    Last edited by I_A; 08-Aug-2018 at 21:02.

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    Default Re: Lost support for H.264 video in browsers

    the LEAP 42.3 lifespan has been increased up to june 2019 so I'm guessing the packman maintainers are going to fix this
    https://news.opensuse.org/2018/08/08...e-is-extended/
    I'd just give it some time and for the time being remove chromium and downgrade ffmpeg and for the time being use chrome

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    Default Re: Lost support for H.264 video in browsers

    Quote Originally Posted by I_A View Post
    the LEAP 42.3 lifespan has been increased up to june 2019 so I'm guessing the packman maintainers are going to fix this
    https://news.opensuse.org/2018/08/08...e-is-extended/
    I'd just give it some time and for the time being remove chromium and downgrade ffmpeg and for the time being use chrome
    This is good news!
    Btw. you don't have to remove chromium.
    When you remove libavcodec58, YaST asks you if you want to downgrade Chromium to 66.0.3359.170-158.1
    So you can still have both until the problem is fixed ( although not the latest version of Chromium ).

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