I tried to play Quicktime movie trailers on the site Apple - Movie Trailers, first using VLC, then using MPlayer and last Kaffeine (all Firefox plugins that is). They all failed. Then I installed Totem and it worked like a charm. Why?
First, this is what I use; openSUSE 11.1, KDE 4.2, Firefox 3.5.
Maybe I should begin with saying that I have followed the “ten steps guide” to verify all my video packages. I know I shouldn’t just say that without posting the result here to prove it but I have a feeling I won’t have to when I have explained my problems. I’ll just say that all relevant packages comes from Packman. And I have libquicktime0 installed (also from Packman).
As I said, I started going through VLC, MPlayer and Kaffeine (their Firefox plugins that is). Kaffeine didn’t even register a mime type for Quicktime in Firefox so when clicking a Quicktime movie link I just got a message from the site to install Quicktime.
Using VLC (from Packman, and removing Kaffeine) resulted in the same message on the site to install a Quicktime player. VLC did have a plugin registered in Firefox for Quicktime but this did not help.
Removing VLC and installing MPlayer got me a bit further, now a popup window opens in the browser that says “waiting for video” or something like that. But nothing more happens.
I tried VLC and MPlayer using the MediaPlayerConnectivity plugin in Firefox. Then I could get both players to start; VLC with very poor sound (intermediate gaps) and MPlayer with an error message “Couldn’t resolve name for AF_INET6: movies.apple.com”.
I then remembered a friend using Ubuntu who didn’t have any problems what so ever watching Quicktime movies on Apple - Movie Trailers. So I installed the latest Ubuntu into a VirtualBox machine, fired up Firefox (3.0) and went to Apple - Movie Trailers. Clicking a Quicktime movie link resulted in a dialog offering me to install codecs, when this was done I could play Quicktime movies without any errors and with excellent quality.
So it got me thinking. Ubuntu and gnome uses Totem. I removed all of my players and installed Totem, went to Apple - Movie Trailers, clicked a Quicktime movie link and suddenly i can play Quicktime movies without any problems what so ever.
This really annoys me. Totem is a gnome media player. I don’t want to use it. But now I have to since none of my “ordinary” (KDE) players can handle Quicktime on the web. Does anybody know how to fix this? What does Totem do differently from Kaffeine, VLC or MPlayer?