Playing a movie in Linux

Richmond richmondmathewson at
Sat Jul 17 12:15:55 EDT 2010

What was I saying about morons?

On 07/17/2010 06:40 PM, Richmond wrote:
> Whether this posting consists of "more on the topic" or "moron the topic"
> has yet to be seen . . .
> On 07/17/2010 11:41 AM, Richmond wrote:
>> <snip>
>> 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 . . .
> Tried playing an embedded movie with Xfmedia:
> on mouseUp
>    set the videoClipPlayer to "/usr/bin/xfmedia"
>    play videoClip ""
> end mouseUp
> [ Ctrl-A, Ctrl-C and Ctrl-V from the keyboard pasted into Mozilla 
> Thunderbird ]
> The videoClip started playing (admittedly only the music because I 
> don't have the codex / codecs installed)
> and then the whole of RunRev 4.0 crashed. Whether the carsh happended 
> DURING the time the videoClip was
> playing or subsequently I really couldn't say.

So, I thought I would try to find a free, legal movie download from the 
internet (having previously
been using a 15 second rip from a kids DVD I use for teaching purposes - 
Peppa Pig); well,
as long as you are happy with porno you are spoilt for choice; otherwise 
a bit of a tough call!

Anyway I found an OGG video clip of some really stomach-churning cinema 
intermission from the
USA in about 1950; "Happy Father's day Dad!" [ fair gave me the dry boke 
]. Suffix is .ogv; plays on
my Linux box quite satisfactorily in all the movie players I mentioned 
in my previous posting.

Embedded: sound plays and then the IDE crashes!

External and Reffed: the videoPlayer becomes strangely transparent 
allowing me to see
part of my desktop picture through it; sound plays.

Masochists among you may feel the urge to download my stack, which I 
have bundled with
the movie:

4.5 MB download

if you are expecting aesthetics get over it now; this is really crude 
stuff; both the look of the
stack and the awful videoClip . . .   :)

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