Video players

Jimmy Sjölund jimmy at
Sun Jun 2 20:24:41 UTC 2013

I'm back to using US 12.04 and Parole was not installed. I prefer Xine
because lukefromdc already wrote, it just works but both Parole and Totem
need the gstream-ffmpeg as well as other codecs to be downloaded just to
play my own iPhone recorded videos. While that's no issue for me I think
it's better for the new people trying out Ubuntu Studio to not have to
hassle with such things.

Suggested packages:
  gstreamer0.10-plugins-ugly gstreamer0.10-plugins-bad gstreamer0.10-ffmpeg
The following NEW packages will be installed:

Perhaps these packages (or similar) are added automatically for later

After all my years using different distributions Totem has been consistent
in causing trouble for several different video types I try to launch.  Like
HZN I end up with mplayer and VLC, but to quickly check my own recorded
videos Xine does the trick.


On Sun, Jun 2, 2013 at 8:58 PM, Hartmut Noack <zettberlin at>wrote:

> Am 02.06.2013 17:23, schrieb Len Ovens:
> > A few releases ago when we switched to xfce, we got the default Xubuntu
> > video player Parole. At the time we found Parole didn't know how to set
> > the aspect ratio and so we added totem instead. With the thought that it
> > was what most of Ubuntu used. Somehow we have ended up with Xine
> installed
> > as well.. probably it comes with some of the libs we use.
> >
> > In any case, for the past few releases totem seems not have worked for a
> > number of people. It crashes on startup. So it has been a good thing that
> > we had Xine as a backup  :P
> >
> > In the mean time, Parole (like thunar) has been fixed and works on
> > anything I have tried it on.
> >
> > We should perhaps switch back to Parole,
> Most people, that want a videoplayer that works for more or less
> everything will end up with either Mplayer or VLC both work with Jack
> also both are needed for encoding/videoediting anyway.
> I understand, that they are a bit tooo skilled to be shipped with Ubuntu
> by default but anyway: most users will end up with one of the two
> because they are simply the best solutions....
> So if you want the best for the user just install a script that
> recommends to install one of them.
> just my 2ct
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