Can we as a community create a script to configure:
c) WMV (v9)
f) MKV/MKA - Matroska
etc etc etc…
Yes there are Packman repositories, 1-click.
BUT unless you uninstall the broken gstreamer and do a lot of playing around. You end up with a broken experience for multimedia playback. Yes you can set priority to 1 for packman. But still you get totem not playing files, vlc playing some files types.
If we want to tempt windows users over to Opensuse, a clean script which removes the broken gstreamer and installs all available codecs (after the appropriate warning re: legality in your country) is needed.
Newbie/Novice linux users will give up quickly and move to ubuntu/mint 5.0 which has better multimedia support.
Anyone got a script to donate to the community ???
indeed, all popular video players use ffmpeg in their core, some more than the other. ffmpeg can play virtually all audio and video formats. The ffmpeg developers work together with mplayer and that’s why mplayer is one of the best video players for Linux, and MEncoder (the encoder of mplayer) one of the best encoders for Linux, along with ffmpeg of course.
Never really hit that snag now that you mention it… All 64bit setups are either servers or workhorse stations, no multimedia normally installed. So I wouldn’t know if this is an issue. I’ll give it a try as soon as 11 final hits the streets.
Last time I looked I couldn’t find them on the 64bit repo, the one click iirc installs them but as it is likely people will be running 64bit OS bit pointless. Though trying to find a file that doesn’t play on 64bit without codecs is quite difficult. I’ve only come across some indeo format once trying to help someone.
There is some on mplayer, again never used them. If I ever felt the need easiest would be to install 32bit players.
I would repeat what andrewd18 noted for 64-bit, as also apply for 32-bit.
On occasions there has been a breakage for a specific codec, BUT usually the community picks up on it, and word gets back to the developers and packagers, who implement a fix reasonably quickly. In the past few years, because I am now more involved in contributing to the community than I was in the past (when previous I was mostly a non-contributing lurker (for support)), I now after a good investigation of a problem, will email the Packman packager, or raise a bug report on the developers site.
The community works good, as long as we help each other and contribute.
One of our users has even taken the relevant multimedia Packman packages for openSUSE-10.3, put them in a tarball for 32-bit (and another one for 64-bit) that can be downloaded offline, and installed on openSUSE PCs that don’t have internet. And with that package, pretty much all codecs can be played. Now THATS another great example of the really good community we have here.
this is so not true, it is very much recommended to use a 64 bit system if you’re going to do audio and/or video processing as it performs much better than a 32 bit system. This is especially true for encoding audio or video where in the latter one can get a 10-15% boost in encoding. Best example I can give you is the x264 encoder which is highly optimized for 64 bit systems and performs much better under it. MEncoder also gets a boost in encoding if you run a 64 bit version of it.
sorry that sentence got you mixed up… I meant I don’t have personal experience with 64bit and multimedia as all my 64bit setups are for other tasks, not using multimedia on it. That will change as soon as I setup my desktop at home with openSUSE 11.0 64bit