DVDs and gstreamer

Jeff Waugh jeff.waugh at canonical.com
Mon Nov 1 04:34:59 UTC 2004

On Mon, 2004-11-01 at 15:24 +1100, Matthew Davidson wrote:
> What is the issue with gstreamer and DVD playback?

Currently buggy and painful, etc., etc.

> Since there seems to have been a decision to favour gstreamer over other
> multimedia apps, presumably on the basis of it's architectural coolness,

No, mostly due to the fact that it'll be there anyway (for GNOME), and
that it is fairly nicely split up into stuff we can distribute and stuff
we can't. Xine is not.

> I don't want to replace totem-gstreamer with totem-xine, and the only
> other option seems to be to install ogle, which from an end-user
> perspective scores highly on the yuck-ometer due to it's GUI.

I'd suggest installing totem-xine anyway. You'll also need libdvdcss,
more info on the RestrictedFormats wiki page.

- Jeff

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