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Old 9th November 2008
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Hello,-

I am running FreeBSD 6.3 with Gnome and the Totem Music Player is installed by default. It cannot play DVD's however, as it says I need to install the necesssary plugins (Totem uses GStreamer 0.10.14).

On Totem's site there is a listing of these plugins:
http://www.gnome.org/projects/totem/#codecs

The names are cute but the info is completely useless as they don't tell where to get tese plugins from and the instructions are for Linux users.

I'd like to ask here if anyone knows where to get these plugins and even if there is a better alternative to Totem for playing DVD's?

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Try mplayer or xine. Both are in ports.
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http://www.freshports.org/multimedia...-plugins-ugly/

Should be the ones for DVD playback.

cd /usr/ports/multimedia/gstreamer-plugins-ugly/ && make install clean
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I would use Ogle if you need really good dedicated DVD player. MPlayer and VLC are also solid swiss army knife solutions for playing video formats. They are just too bloated for me. I personally use Ogle as a DVD player and row ffmpeg to play the mpeg videos of my kids.
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I use mplayer (i use it for everything, streaming, DVD, movies, audio), but VLC (almost, if not everything and more that mplayer can) is much easier to use, if you're beginner
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I would use Ogle if you need really good dedicated DVD player. MPlayer and VLC are also solid swiss army knife solutions for playing video formats. They are just too bloated for me. I personally use Ogle as a DVD player and row ffmpeg to play the mpeg videos of my kids.
VLC is really bloated. MPlayer is fairly lean considering.
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In my experience, VLC has been the easiest thing to use for DVDs next to WMP, but I only use MPlayer for video these days - not always as handy with the DVDs but it can be made to work fine.


I wonder if the OP has had any luck with the GStreamer codecs for Totem.
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Hello again,-

and thanks for your replies, everyone.

The GStreamer codecs for Totem failed miserably; I get the exact error message as before installing them ("Totem doesn't have the appropriate plugins, please download them" etc). I've tried rebooting - same result.

After that I went for Ogle; everything went fine until at the very end of installation, when registering the product, it hit an error and aborted.

After that I kinda got into the sport of finding ONE player that would install AND work out of the box; so I went for MPlayer.

Everything went fine up until the last part, where it encountered the same problem as Ogle did, and aborted.

Here's the error message:

mv -f ".libs/libgiofam.expT" ".libs/libgiofam.exp"
cc -shared .libs/libgiofam_la-fam-helper.o .libs/libgiofam_la-fam-module.o .libs/libgiofam_la-gfamdirectorymonitor.o .libs/libgiofam_la-gfamfilemonitor.o -Wl,--rpath -Wl,/usr/local/lib -Wl,--rpath -Wl,/usr/local/lib -L/usr/local/lib /usr/local/lib/libintl.so -lgio-2.0 /usr/local/lib/libgobject-2.0.so /usr/local/lib/libglib-2.0.so /usr/local/lib/libfam.so -Wl,-soname -Wl,libgiofam.so -Wl,-retain-symbols-file -Wl,.libs/libgiofam.exp -o .libs/libgiofam.so
/usr/bin/ld: cannot find -lgio-2.0
gmake: *** [libgiofam.la] Error 1
*** Error code 2

Stop in /usr/ports/devel/gio-fam-backend.
*** Error code 1

Stop in /usr/ports/multimedia/mplayer.
*** Error code 1

Stop in /usr/ports/multimedia/mplayer.
signon#


I've searched for this gio-fam-backend - thingy to deinstall it, but it's not even installed on the machine.

Any thoughts?

Thanks again,
Vahagn
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Im fairly sure you need to install glib 2 first
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If my memory of the last time I got this message is correct, your libraries are out of date.


Update the ports tree (via portsnap/csup/cvs), then upgrade glib2 to a newer version. That should fix the linking errors with libgio; of course since everyone and their dog practically uses glib, you may want to update other related softwares and libraries as well, depending on how old your installed software is, and what you use. (e.g. gtk2 apps/libs)
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I agree with TerryP. Totem works fine for me, as does MPlayer and VLC. What version of Gnome are you using? You should be on 2.22.3. If you are not, then you will have out-of-date libraries (and other bits and pieces).
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