This is Because the Banshee and Totem uses Gstreamer for Coding there comes the problem … Xvid was not working in it … if u have tried other formats they should have been worked fine … and THumbnails for avi which have xvid codec are not displayed … this is beacuse the default encoder of system was Gstreamer …
gstreamer has more problems than mplayer itself, despite mplayer having probably the most ugly code out there and it’s a mess. Still, this hasn’t prevented it from beating every single player out there. Also, there’s absolutely no reason whatsoever why mplayer can’t be integrated in gnome, considering that mplayer is command line only and if a GUI is needed, there are lots of front-ends written for GTK/GNOME
In short; gstreamer is what VfW used to be on Windows. A total mess and a wonder it works most of the time
I have gnome-mplayer on my laptop, but still I prefer Totem. Gstreamer is also used by Banshee.
And mplayer won’t give me any preview in nautilus.
By the way, I tried to install totem-xine but libnvtvsimple.so is missing.
So right now, if there is a mess, it is not in gstreamer (that works in most cases) but rather in the pacman packages.
is that a trick question? as I said, you can’t blame the player itself IF the file manager doesn’t support it for previewing. I have no idea if nautilus supports mplayer for previewing so you tell me if it does or not… if it really does but still you can’t get it, then there’s something wrong in how nautilus connects to mplayer for these previews, again not the fault of mplayer itself
The solution is to contact the packagers, unless you want to fiddle yourself, patch/rebuild whole gstreamer, etc
Also, I’m not pushy If I was, I will only dictate mplayer, something I obviously didn’t as in my first post I said to use other solutions if the current one doesn’t work. When it’s fixed, then go back to it, but until then IMO one should use something that works as a replacement
Well, I’ve seen more than once packages from packman being either “broken” or just didn’t work like they should. I’ve even seen mplayer packages on more than one occasion not working like they should. Good thing that I never use mplayer from packman, nor x264, xvid, lame, etc. I always self-compile these proggies since I must have the latest ones due to development work and testing I’m doing
I am having the same problem: gstreamer not playing xvid (and perhaps other formats) with freshly installed opensuse 11.2 32-bit with packman packages. BTW, in openSuse 11.1 it worked. Looking into the packman mailinglist, it looks like there is a problem with gstreamer010-ffmpeg 0.10.9-999.pm.999.3
I do not want to use gstreamer but unfortunately I am forced to use it. OpenOffice Impress is using gstreamer to play movies in its presentations and I need impress for my work. So this is another reason why some people have to use gstreamer.