Oh, I forgot to say that I did search these forums and found several references to the problem, the most recent from January of this year under the thread title: Kaffiene error when playing certain flv videos (yes, there is a typo in the thread name). But there have been no replies to that January request for help.
I also searched on Google and found many references to the problem but suggestions for Ubuntu, not for SuSE.
I can say that it works here. Both in Kaffeine and in SMPlayer.
SMPlayer tells me that it uses “lavfprep - libavformat preferred demuxer”. Searching YaST for “lavfpref” yields no results. Searching for “libavformat” however finds the packages
So, maybe that is what you need? They come both from Packman.
Thanks for reply. Perhaps I was not clear in my posts.
Yes, that is the video clip.
I can play it by clicking on either of the YouTube links you provided (or on any of numerous other places on the Internet where the video appears). Playing directly from the Internet has never been the problem .
The problem comes when I save (download) the video to my desktop. From there this flash video (and numerous others) won’t play. But others that were downloaded weeks or months ago play just fine.
Now, interestingly the links you provided offer me an mp4 version (which was not offered at any of the links I had used when viewing the video clip after it was posted to YouTube a few days ago). That mp4 version downloaded to the desktop and played just fine using either Kaffeine or KMplayer. But the .flv version from both links doesn’t play.
So the issue still is how to make the flash version of this video (and other clips) play when downloaded to my desktop.
I downloaded and looked at the video and it is an h264 encoded @ 640x360, with aac encoded audio.
I tried playing it on my kaffeine and it also did not play at first. Likely the h264 codec or aac audio codec was missing from kaffeine. So I then installed:
and one of those fixed the problem (or maybe all of the above) as the downloaded video plays now in kaffeine with no problem (this is on a 64-bit openSUSE-12.1 with the normal KDE-4.7.2). My version of kaffeine is:
I checked my settings. Screens 1 and 2 are the same as yours. My screen 3 shows GStreamer rather than VLC (but I guess that’s because I choose to use Kaffeine and KMplayer rather than VLC).
Note that I also do have vlc-aout-pulse installed as well as pavucontrol. Still, the video won’t play in Kaffeine or KMplayer or VLC. However, other videos play just fine an all three players. It’s just this .flv and others recently downloaded from YouTube that won’t play anywhere.
For vlc to be available for KDE applications then one needs phonon-backend-vlc and vlc-aout-pulse. And then restart KDE.
wrt vlc, what output video mode do you have selected (under vlc > tools > preferences > video) ? Its possible gstreamer struggles with the video codec (or audio codec) in the files you are downloading, in which case, which gstreamer rpms do you have installed ?