New feature: easy codec installation, please test

Conrad Knauer atheoi at
Mon Feb 5 04:10:25 UTC 2007

On 2/4/07, Andreas Schildbach <andreas at> wrote:

> VIDEO:  [M4S2]  640x480  24bpp  1000.000 fps    0.0 kbps ( 0.0 kbyte/s)

"M4S2" is "Microsoft ISO MPEG-4 video V1.1" (as per

There's a sample M4S2 video at:

Please download that and test it; does it give you the same video
issues? (don't worry about the sound; it doesn't have any ;)

> Opening video decoder: [ffmpeg] FFmpeg's libavcodec codec family
> Selected video codec: [ffodivx] vfm: ffmpeg (FFmpeg MPEG-4)

In Feisty, try installing gstreamer0.10-ffmpeg and libxine1-ffmpeg and
then try playing it in gXine and Totem; does it work now? :)

> On the other hand, there are
> many environments (like companies) that simply don't want their users to
> install packages (or plugins, for that matter). In the end, the
> companies are responsible for the software that is installed on their
> computers, and certain packages are not installed in Ubuntu for good.

Onno Benschop is right about this; if a company is using Ubuntu they
likely will (well... they *should* anyway! ;) have it set up such that
most users cannot install packages by themselves.


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