Playing a movie in Linux
richmondmathewson at gmail.com
Sat Jul 17 04:41:19 EDT 2010
I can never make my mind up whether a sleepless night where one's mind
churning like a tumble-drier, resulting in "brilliant insights", or a
good night's sleep
so that one can actually put one's "brilliant insights" into practice is
Well, I had a sleepless night, and am now propped up with an indecent
amount of coffee.
My insight is not brilliant, but it at least made me well aware that the
re playing movie files on Linux is 'slack' . . .
Insight backed up with testing this morning:
1. As one has to leverage mplayer embedded movies are 'off'.
Consequences of this:
1.1. The poor old end-user will have to 'fart around' (it has always
amazed me how
British slang phrases are generally "more robust" than
American ones) with
file pathways and so forth; unless, of course, somebody can
work out how
to manage relative pathways on Linux . . .
1.2. . . . err . . . Peter ???
2. Set up a stack with a player object "PIGGY" [ this is symptomatic of
how I feel this
morning ] and, in the prefs palette set its source movie:
[ and, while we're here, I successfully copy-pasted that pathway
from the prefs palette
to Mozilla ThunderBird with Ctrl-C and Ctrl-V ]
2.1. How will an end-user with a standalone 're-jig' the movie
player so that it picks
up the movie "OINK.mov" ?
3. Apart from the fact that my Ubuntu box doesn't have the necessary
'codexes' [ surely
this should be 'codices'; those flaming computer people without the
benefits of a
Classical education; what on earth is the world coming to ? . . .
:) ] the file played;
well, the sound part did.
I suppose we would get nowhere if we expected end-users to find the
for their distro to install proprietary format codexes . . .
[ Ubuntu spell codex 'codecs'; obviously not much Classical
education there . . . :) ]
3.1. Oddly enough, despite the PDF's insistence on mplayer, I had
the thing playing just as well
4. Will now try to find a movie that RunRev 4.0 + Linux understand.
[ needless to say, the "Sample.mov" inclosed in the RR folder is
useless on Linux; sort
of symptomatic methinks. ]
Why do I have a funny feeling that, quite apart from sorting out
the Linux version, the
Documentation (both inbuilt and PDF) need quite an overhaul re the
5. Oh Joy! The Ubuntu website has this to say: "Xfmedia is the default
program to watch
Does that mean that Xfmedia is "species specific" to Ubuntu, or
that it is in some way
the default program for ALL Deb-derivs, or all Linuxes [ surely
'Linuces'; those flaming
computer people . . . cor; creeping senility . . . :) ] ?
5.1. . . . err . . . Peter ?
5.2. Why have RunRev 'fastened' on mplayer rather than Xfmedia ?
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