playing a video

Eberhard Roloff tuxebi at
Fri Sep 7 17:05:34 UTC 2007

norman wrote:
> < snip >
>>> Is there any way I can change any settings so that I can view this
>>> video, it is quite important to me?
>>> Norman
>> No clue about settings change. However each time I am confronted with
>> such a problem, I try my two "emergency swiss army knife" player. First
>> vlc and secondly the one and only mplayer. I found that vlc succeeds in
>> about 80% of all the videos that I try to open with it and mplayer up to
>> now has yet to fail, more precisely, anytime it failed, the video was
>> defective and after a fresh download, mplayer was king, once again.
> Mplayer gave the following:- 'Error opening/initialising video_out (-vo)
> device'. Unless I am using Mplayer incorrectly, non of the videos will
> play all giving the same error.
This happens for me, when I previously and unsuccessfully tried to open
the video with amarok.
Strangely this error sometimes goes away after a while but most often I
need to restart KDE (I am working with Kubuntu 7.04).

Independantly of this opening error, be sure to have the codecs
installed, as mentioned by Niels.


> Norman

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