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Quicktime trailers don't play

Postby Guest on Mon Sep 08, 2008 7:04 pm

If I try to play a trailer on the Quicktime site it plays audio but no video. Any help?
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Re: Quicktime trailers don't play

Postby AK Dave on Mon Sep 08, 2008 7:23 pm

sometimes I have to close firefox and restart it to get video to play properly, but the problem you describe is MOST likely the result of a driver conflict with Compiz.

Try this:
Disable compiz
Reload the video
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Re: Quicktime trailers don't play

Postby merlwiz79 on Mon Sep 08, 2008 11:35 pm

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Re: Quicktime trailers don't play

Postby eksatx on Tue Sep 09, 2008 12:51 am

I tried installing the suggested updated mplayer package, restarted firefox, no change -- still audio with no video.

As for the 'disabling compiz' suggestion: how do you do that?

Now for the rant: it sure seems like I see lots of posts from people not being able to get multimedia stuff like this to work. What gives?

I thought this was supposed to be the distro whose point is to make this stuff work 'out of the box'. So far, my experience has been that I'm not able to do things I've been able to get working with less effort on a plain Ubuntu system.

Am I missing the point?
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Re: Quicktime trailers don't play

Postby AK Dave on Tue Sep 09, 2008 1:30 am

eksatx wrote:Now for the rant: it sure seems like I see lots of posts from people not being able to get multimedia stuff like this to work. What gives?


It is a common conflict. Compiz works great for a lot of people. Video playback works great for almost everyone. Many people get full motion video without disabling Compiz. The default desktop theme for Mint enables minimal Compiz, but for some people (me included) this is too much.

Disable compiz thusly:
R-click the desktop
L-click Change Desktop Background
L-click Visual Effects (tab)
L-slick None (radio button)

Re-enable it from the same screen if you so desire.
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Re: Quicktime trailers don't play

Postby eksatx on Tue Sep 09, 2008 1:49 am

In my case visual effects were already set to 'none' so I don't think that is the issue.

Here are the steps I have taken so far:

1. When I first booted up after installation and went to the Quicktime page to see if I could view trailers all I saw was blank space with a link indicating I needed to download the latest version of Quicktime.

2. A post elsewhere on this forum indicated I needed to install totem-mozilla and totem-gstreamer. I did so, and then found that the trailer would play, but I just get audio -- no video. In the space where I should see video I just see blank space and some text, "mplayer plugin..."

3. Somebody provided a link to a new version of mplayer, which I installed (no change).

4. Somebody suggested disabling compiz (it appears that it was already that way).

So, I'm just saying: that's a LOT of screwing around to do for something that supposedly works 'out of the box.'

I still welcome a solution if anybody has one...
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Quicktime working now, how about Real?

Postby eksatx on Tue Sep 09, 2008 3:53 pm

Following the suggestion on another thread I right-clicked on the non-working trailer and chose 'Configure.' I then set the video output to X11 and restarted Firefox.

Quicktime trailers now play.

I have now moved on to Real -- it does not work. If I try to play a trailer that I linked to from real.com (http://www.film.com/movies/mediaplaybac ... n/22867961) it just shows the mplayer background and says, 'stopped.'
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Re: Quicktime trailers don't play, how about Real?

Postby merlwiz79 on Tue Sep 09, 2008 7:05 pm

Download and install Realplayer 11: http://www.4shared.com/file/62402642/bf ... _i386.html

Link playing video:(sometimes you have to refresh the page)
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Re: Quicktime trailers don't play

Postby eksatx on Tue Sep 09, 2008 7:31 pm

No dice. I installed the realplayer 11 package, disabled realmedia, smil, and helix in the mplayer pluging, restarted firefox (even rebooted). Same results. All I see is 'mplayer plugin' and 'stopped.'
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Re: Quicktime trailers don't play, how about Real?

Postby merlwiz79 on Tue Sep 09, 2008 7:59 pm

Working fine here, even without disableing the realmedia, helix and SMil mplayer plugin support.
I have to refresh the page most of the time though.
Try the new package I made.
http://www.4shared.com/file/62402642/bf ... _i386.html
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Re: Quicktime trailers don't play

Postby eksatx on Tue Sep 09, 2008 8:26 pm

That worked -- quicktime and realmedia both work now.

I moved on to the next one -- windows media. WMV doesn't play in firefox. Same symptoms -- just says 'stopped.'
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