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    All,

    As serious programmer, not much interested in the "play" most engage in, so audio, video, gaming has not been used by yours truly, but recently discovered a show "Alaskan Bush People" from Discovery that I want to watch.

    I found the show on a torrent link site and downloaded the 4 existing releases of the show, but when running it through the default video/movie player "Dragon Player" only got "freeze frame" display, though audio was fine.

    Reached out to a friend of mine that views movies all the time on his Ubuntu box (he runs U 12.04 LTS Gnome and I run Kubuntu 12.04 LTS). He told me to install "smplayer" so I ran the apt-get installs needed and now get the errors/results:

    • When SMPLAYER runs, get an mplayer4 error,
    • When Dragon Player runs nothing at all happens

    I was working on something else and found that mplayer2 is installed, so checked that in synaptic and found it true, so where is mplayer4 error coming from?

    Running re-install of Dragon and all other players in synaptic, hope this fixes most if not all but not holding my breath.

    Anyone else had problems loading movie/video players?

    How did you get them fixed?

    Cheers!

    OMR

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    What is the ending of the file you downloaded
    .avi
    .flv
    .mp4
    .mkv

    Usually VLC works OK for new users for media playing. I use mplayer or gnome-mplayer myself.
    Sometimes you have to set up preferences and have codecs installed to get things working OK.

    SMplayer is just the qt frontend for mplayer (gui window instead of terminal)
    A good reference I use for finding ubuntu answers is
    Googlubuntu - Ubuntu and Kubuntu search engine based on google



    Above is not Ubuntu ,(AntiX), and I am playing a .avi in the screenshot with no problems.

    Edit ; Just to show the differences. This is mplayer playing a .mp4 for me



    I control what plays what by setting run action in my rox-filer file manager with a command that
    opens a /usr/bin file for me.

    Code:
    harry@biker:~
    $ locate mplayer
    /etc/mplayer
    /etc/mplayer/input.conf
    /etc/mplayer/menu.conf
    /etc/mplayer/mplayer.conf
    /etc/skel/.mplayer
    /etc/skel/.mplayer/config
    /etc/skel/.mplayer/gui.conf
    /etc/skel/.mplayer/gui.history
    /etc/skel/.mplayer/gui.pl
    /etc/skel/.mplayer/gui.url
    /etc/skel/Desktop/gnome-mplayer.desktop
    /home/harry/.mplayer
    /home/harry/.cache/gnome-mplayer
    /home/harry/.cache/gnome-mplayer/cover_art
    /home/harry/.cache/gnome-mplayer/plugin
    /home/harry/.cache/gnome-mplayer/cover_art/ATB
    /home/harry/.cache/gnome-mplayer/cover_art/Beth Orton
    /home/harry/.cache/gnome-mplayer/cover_art/Rock
    /home/harry/.cache/gnome-mplayer/cover_art/Seasons After
    /home/harry/.cache/gnome-mplayer/cover_art/Suzanne Vega
    /home/harry/.cache/gnome-mplayer/cover_art/Ugly Kid Joe
    /home/harry/.config/gnome-mplayer
    /home/harry/.config/gnome-mplayer/cover_art
    /home/harry/.config/gnome-mplayer/gnome-mplayer.db
    /home/harry/.config/gnome-mplayer/plugin
    /home/harry/.mplayer/config
    /home/harry/.mplayer/gui.conf 
    /home/harry/.mplayer/gui.history
    /home/harry/.mplayer/gui.pl
    /home/harry/.mplayer/gui.url
    /home/harry/Desktop/gnome-mplayer.desktop
    /usr/bin/gnome-mplayer
    /usr/bin/mplayer
    /usr/lib/mime/packages/gnome-mplayer
    /usr/lib/mime/packages/mplayer
    /usr/lib/nautilus/extensions-3.0/libgnome-mplayer-properties-page.so
    /usr/lib/xmms/Input/libxmmsmplayer.la
    /usr/lib/xmms/Input/libxmmsmplayer.so
    /usr/share/mplayer
    /usr/share/app-install/desktop/gnome-mplayer.desktop
    /usr/share/app-install/desktop/kmplayer.desktop
    /usr/share/app-install/desktop/mplayer.desktop
    /usr/share/app-install/desktop/smplayer.desktop
    /usr/share/app-install/icons/gnome-mplayer.png
    /usr/share/app-install/icons/kmplayer.png
    /usr/share/app-install/icons/mplayer.png
    /usr/share/app-install/icons/smplayer.png
    /usr/share/applications/gnome-mplayer.desktop
    /usr/share/bash-completion/completions/gmplayer
    /usr/share/bash-completion/completions/gnome-mplayer
    /usr/share/bash-completion/completions/mplayer
    /usr/share/bash-completion/completions/mplayer2
    /usr/share/doc/gnome-mplayer
    /usr/share/doc/mplayer
    /usr/share/doc/gnome-mplayer/README
    /usr/share/doc/gnome-mplayer/changelog.Debian.gz
    /usr/share/doc/gnome-mplayer/changelog.gz
    /usr/share/doc/gnome-mplayer/copyright
    /usr/share/doc/gnome-mplayer/dbus.txt
    /usr/share/doc/gnome-mplayer/keyboard_shortcuts.txt
    /usr/share/doc/gnome-mplayer/plugin-interaction.txt.gz
    /usr/share/doc/mplayer/changelog.Debian.gz
    /usr/share/doc/mplayer/changelog.gz
    /usr/share/doc/mplayer/copyright
    /usr/share/doc/mplayer/examples
    /usr/share/doc/mplayer/examples/example.conf
    /usr/share/doc/mplayer/examples/input.conf.gz
    /usr/share/doc/mplayer/examples/menu.conf.gz
    /usr/share/glib-2.0/schemas/apps.gnome-mplayer.preferences.enums.xml
    /usr/share/glib-2.0/schemas/apps.gnome-mplayer.preferences.gschema.xml
    /usr/share/gnome-control-center/default-apps/gnome-mplayer.xml
    /usr/share/icons/SimplyGrey/scalable/apps/gnome-mplayer.svg
    /usr/share/icons/SimplyGrey/scalable/apps/mplayer.svg
    /usr/share/icons/gTangish-2.0a1/16x16/apps/mplayer.png
    /usr/share/icons/gTangish-2.0a1/32x32/apps/mplayer.png
    /usr/share/icons/gTangish-2.0a1/48x48/apps/mplayer.png
    /usr/share/icons/hicolor/16x16/apps/gnome-mplayer.png
    /usr/share/icons/hicolor/22x22/apps/gnome-mplayer.png
    /usr/share/icons/hicolor/24x24/apps/gnome-mplayer.png
    /usr/share/icons/hicolor/32x32/apps/gnome-mplayer.png
    /usr/share/icons/hicolor/48x48/apps/gnome-mplayer.png
    /usr/share/icons/hicolor/scalable/apps/gnome-mplayer.svg
    /usr/share/locale/ar/LC_MESSAGES/gnome-mplayer.mo
    /usr/share/locale/bg/LC_MESSAGES/gnome-mplayer.mo
    /usr/share/locale/ca/LC_MESSAGES/gnome-mplayer.mo
    /usr/share/locale/cs/LC_MESSAGES/gnome-mplayer.mo
    /usr/share/locale/da/LC_MESSAGES/gnome-mplayer.mo
    /usr/share/locale/de/LC_MESSAGES/gnome-mplayer.mo
    /usr/share/locale/el/LC_MESSAGES/gnome-mplayer.mo
    /usr/share/locale/en_GB/LC_MESSAGES/gnome-mplayer.mo
    /usr/share/locale/es/LC_MESSAGES/gnome-mplayer.mo
    /usr/share/locale/et/LC_MESSAGES/gnome-mplayer.mo
    /usr/share/locale/eu/LC_MESSAGES/gnome-mplayer.mo
    /usr/share/locale/fi/LC_MESSAGES/gnome-mplayer.mo
    /usr/share/locale/fo/LC_MESSAGES/gnome-mplayer.mo
    /usr/share/locale/fr/LC_MESSAGES/gnome-mplayer.mo
    /usr/share/locale/fy/LC_MESSAGES/gnome-mplayer.mo
    /usr/share/locale/gl/LC_MESSAGES/gnome-mplayer.mo
    /usr/share/locale/he/LC_MESSAGES/gnome-mplayer.mo
    /usr/share/locale/hr/LC_MESSAGES/gnome-mplayer.mo
    /usr/share/locale/hu/LC_MESSAGES/gnome-mplayer.mo
    /usr/share/locale/id/LC_MESSAGES/gnome-mplayer.mo
    /usr/share/locale/it/LC_MESSAGES/gnome-mplayer.mo
    /usr/share/locale/ja/LC_MESSAGES/gnome-mplayer.mo
    /usr/share/locale/kk/LC_MESSAGES/gnome-mplayer.mo
    /usr/share/locale/ko/LC_MESSAGES/gnome-mplayer.mo
    /usr/share/locale/lt/LC_MESSAGES/gnome-mplayer.mo
    /usr/share/locale/nl/LC_MESSAGES/gnome-mplayer.mo
    /usr/share/locale/pl/LC_MESSAGES/gnome-mplayer.mo
    /usr/share/locale/pt/LC_MESSAGES/gnome-mplayer.mo
    /usr/share/locale/pt_BR/LC_MESSAGES/gnome-mplayer.mo
    /usr/share/locale/ro/LC_MESSAGES/gnome-mplayer.mo
    /usr/share/locale/ru/LC_MESSAGES/gnome-mplayer.mo
    /usr/share/locale/si/LC_MESSAGES/gnome-mplayer.mo
    /usr/share/locale/sr/LC_MESSAGES/gnome-mplayer.mo
    /usr/share/locale/sr@latin/LC_MESSAGES/gnome-mplayer.mo
    /usr/share/locale/sv/LC_MESSAGES/gnome-mplayer.mo
    /usr/share/locale/th/LC_MESSAGES/gnome-mplayer.mo
    /usr/share/locale/tr/LC_MESSAGES/gnome-mplayer.mo
    /usr/share/locale/ug/LC_MESSAGES/gnome-mplayer.mo
    /usr/share/locale/uk/LC_MESSAGES/gnome-mplayer.mo
    /usr/share/locale/vi/LC_MESSAGES/gnome-mplayer.mo
    /usr/share/locale/zh_CN/LC_MESSAGES/gnome-mplayer.mo
    /usr/share/locale/zh_HK/LC_MESSAGES/gnome-mplayer.mo
    /usr/share/locale/zh_TW/LC_MESSAGES/gnome-mplayer.mo
    /usr/share/man/cs/man1/mplayer.1.gz
    /usr/share/man/de/man1/mplayer.1.gz
    /usr/share/man/es/man1/mplayer.1.gz
    /usr/share/man/fr/man1/mplayer.1.gz
    /usr/share/man/hu/man1/mplayer.1.gz
    /usr/share/man/it/man1/mplayer.1.gz
    /usr/share/man/man1/gnome-mplayer.1.gz
    /usr/share/man/man1/mplayer.1.gz
    /usr/share/man/pl/man1/mplayer.1.gz
    /usr/share/man/ru/man1/mplayer.1.gz
    /usr/share/man/zh_CN/man1/mplayer.1.gz
    /usr/share/menu/gnome-mplayer
    /usr/share/mplayer/binary_codecs.sh
    /usr/share/mplayer/midentify.sh
    /usr/share/pixmaps/gnome-mplayer.xpm
    /usr/share/vim/vim74/ftplugin/mplayerconf.vim
    /usr/share/vim/vim74/syntax/mplayerconf.vim
    /var/lib/mplayer
    /var/lib/dpkg/info/gnome-mplayer.list
    /var/lib/dpkg/info/gnome-mplayer.md5sums
    /var/lib/dpkg/info/gnome-mplayer.postinst
    /var/lib/dpkg/info/gnome-mplayer.postrm
    /var/lib/dpkg/info/mplayer.conffiles
    /var/lib/dpkg/info/mplayer.list
    /var/lib/dpkg/info/mplayer.md5sums
    /var/lib/dpkg/info/mplayer.postinst
    /var/lib/dpkg/info/mplayer.postrm
    /var/lib/dpkg/info/mplayer.preinst
    /var/lib/menu-xdg/applications/menu-xdg/X-Debian-Applications-Video-gnome_mplayer.desktop
    /var/lib/mplayer/prefs
    /var/lib/mplayer/prefs/MD5SUMS
    /var/lib/mplayer/prefs/codecs_list
    /var/lib/mplayer/prefs/mirrors
    So I guess search for setting up SMplayer preferences so your stuff will play OK.
    Exact error messages instead of

    When SMPLAYER runs, get an mplayer4 error,
    Because we are not mind readers on error messages.

    Also. Try and run Dragon Player (I never used it) in terminal to see what errors it spits out and post in a reply in this thread. Same goes for SMplayer.
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    Quote Originally Posted by rokytnji View Post
    What is the ending of the file you downloaded
    .avi
    .flv
    .mp4
    .mkv
    rokytnji,

    OK on this series the downloads are 2 ea. .avi, 1 ea. .mp4 and 1 ea. .mkv.

    I did a reload on all the players from synaptic, and added kplayer and kmplayer, but still nothing works. The mplayer4 error (could not understand "4" when only "2" was installed) is now just an mplayer error.

    My friend had told me to install VLC, so I did, but found it disabled when I checked it in synaptic, so turning that on, to see what difference it makes.

    Since I'm new to this side of Linux have no idea what relates to what or what makes things work. Hope this fixes it!

    Cheers!

    OMR

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    Configs

    rokytnji,

    None of the installer HOWTOs said anything about config files or what to do with these.

    Am I supposed to editing things?

    Cheers!

    OMR

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    Yeah, sometimes preference settings need dialing in to find like your cd or dvd drive and such.
    But having said that. Your files should just play out of the box. That was why I asked for file extentions.
    No configuring should be needed for .avi, .mp4, and .mkv files. They should just play.

    It sounds like you are missing codecs and I am surprised your friend did not notice.

    You threw me off with
    As serious programmer
    which me.
    I am just a Harley rider with a computer and a GED. So I thought you knew
    your way around in Linux.

    I am not familiar with Dragon Player or the distro you are running. Since it has not been mentioned.
    So All I can think of is look in your package manager for "gstreamer" and "codecs".

    Code:
    cat /etc/issue
    Code:
    cat /etc/os-release
    and

    Code:
    uname -aom
    Should help give members a idea on what you are running.
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    rokytnji,

    If you read I'm and admin and serious programmer (dealing only with those issues since 1985) and total newbie to AV, as programming and Admin, in the commercial world never touch those.

    That is why I need help, since newbie to all AV stuff.

    I'm on Kubuntu 12.04 LTS but your
    Code:
    cat /etc/issue
    shows it as Ubuntu 12.04 LTS

    Understand nothing works the same under KDE (Kubuntu) as it does on Ubuntu Gnome or Unity

    I think that is where some of the issue are as most HOWTOs on installing AV players are written for Ubuntu not Kubuntu and these are so different; especially the X-Win implementations!

    I do agree with your codec assessment, as when I first ran through the movies, first pass, Dragon player said it needed codecs and loaded about 10-20, but still I got the freeze frame display

    I have gotten no such similar messages, when trying things after install all the other players.

    Cheers!

    OMR

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    The basic difference between Kubuntu and Ubuntu is that Kubuntu uses the KDE Desktop environment while Ubuntu used Gnome or Unity. Kubuntu uses the Ubuntu repositories. There really should not be any reason to modify any configuration files to get a media player to work. Installing software like VLC can be done with sudo apt-get install vlc or by going to the Kmenu, Applications, System and either click on Package Manager or Software Center. You should then be able to find it by selecting Multimedia from the Kmenu/applications.

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    Quote Originally Posted by yancek View Post
    The basic difference between Kubuntu and Ubuntu is that Kubuntu uses the KDE Desktop environment while Ubuntu used Gnome or Unity. Kubuntu uses the Ubuntu repositories. There really should not be any reason to modify any configuration files to get a media player to work. Installing software like VLC can be done with sudo apt-get install vlc or by going to the Kmenu, Applications, System and either click on Package Manager or Software Center. You should then be able to find it by selecting Multimedia from the Kmenu/applications.
    yancek,

    done all the "apt-get install" and "apt-get -f install" on these, verified in synaptic, and none work:
    1. Dragon Player,
    2. Gnome Player,
    3. KMPlayer,
    4. KPlayer,
    5. MPlayer,
    6. MPlayer2,
    7. Parole,
    8. SMPlayer,
    9. VLC,
    10. Xine,

    Yup, Not a single one works after install, Dragon Player used to work in "Freeze Frame" mode, but now it does absolutely nothing.

    Since none work has to be a single shared lib file or file series issue, a shared codec issue, or a shared config issue.

    Hope someone know what I should be looking at!

    Cheers!

    OMR

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    Might be a silly question but what is your hardware platform, specifically the audio & video in your computer? VLC is generally very good about bringing in everything it needs to play AV files so I suspect the issue may be related to your hardware...

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    I've never encountered a video that VLC wouldn't play. A few thoughts:

    Could it be a corrupted video?
    Could your hardware not be up to the job?
    I suspect that as a programmer that's unlikely to be the case although if video has never been a priority...
    Do you need to install some proprietary drivers?
    On Xubuntu they can be found under settings -> Hardware Drivers. It should be in a similar place for Kubuntu.
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