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Old 22nd September 2013, 06:22 PM
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Question Firefox 24 h.264 enable option missing

Firefox 24 is finally supposed to support h.264 videos on html5 video tag without flash through gstreamer:
http://www.phoronix.com/scan.php?pag...tem&px=MTM5NzU

It would not be enabled by default so it needs to be turned on in about:config by setting a media.gstreamer.enable boolean. The problem is there is no such boolean on Fedora. Does anybody know how to enable it on Fedora?
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Old 23rd September 2013, 06:34 AM
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Re: Firefox 24 h.264 enable option missing

Firefox is built without gstreamer support in Fedora ATM; it looks like they're waiting for gstreamer1* support see https://bugzilla.redhat.com/show_bug.cgi?id=843583 for more details.
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Old 23rd September 2013, 09:38 AM
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Re: Firefox 24 h.264 enable option missing

Yes, that's it. Thanks!

So we'll have to wait a bit more:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bnK5EDipYIY
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Old 21st December 2013, 07:21 AM
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Re: Firefox 24 h.264 enable option missing

I find it strange that Epiphany in F20 can play videos from Vimeo site. Some of them are choppy, but nonetheless it does play them, while Firefox does not.
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Old 21st December 2013, 12:40 PM
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Re: Firefox 24 h.264 enable option missing

It's coming, well there's a patch floating around, so hopefully next Firefox version or so.
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Old 15th January 2014, 05:13 PM
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Re: Firefox 24 h.264 enable option missing

It appears they couldn't wait any longer and went for gstreamer 0.10 after all.
The update is still awaiting a push to testing though.
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Old 28th January 2014, 08:02 PM
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Re: Firefox 24 h.264 enable option missing

The boolean in my Firefox install is present but I don't get HTML5 videos on Vimeo. Are we there yet?
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Old 29th January 2014, 05:45 AM
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Re: Firefox 24 h.264 enable option missing

IIUC to be able to play h.264-encoded mp4 files you need something like gstreamer-ffmpeg (available from the rpmfusion repos), so make sure it's installed (you may need to restart Firefox for the changes to get detected).
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Old 29th January 2014, 10:35 AM
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Re: Firefox 24 h.264 enable option missing

'Package gstreamer-plugins-good-0.10.31-10.fc20.x86_64 already installed and latest version
Package gstreamer-ffmpeg-0.10.13-10.fc20.x86_64 already installed and latest version
Nothing to do'
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Old 29th January 2014, 02:27 PM
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Re: Firefox 24 h.264 enable option missing

I tested, and with these packages installed:
Code:
$ rpm -qa | grep "gstre.*0\.10"
gstreamer-plugins-good-0.10.31-10.fc20.x86_64
gstreamer-0.10.36-6.fc20.x86_64
gstreamer-tools-0.10.36-6.fc20.x86_64
gstreamer-ffmpeg-0.10.13-10.fc20.x86_64
gstreamer-plugins-base-0.10.36-6.fc20.x86_64
$ rpm -q firefox
firefox-26.0-6.fc20.x86_64
I can play http://vimeo.com/channels/staffpicks/85217548 without Adobe Flash.
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Old 29th January 2014, 10:05 PM
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Re: Firefox 24 h.264 enable option missing

I've just confirmed that I can watch the staffpicks in html5 but not e.g. this one https://vimeo.com/84297020
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Old 30th January 2014, 04:43 AM
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Re: Firefox 24 h.264 enable option missing

Firefox plays this one too here http://vimeo.com/84297020 ... maybe test with a new FF profile?
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Old 30th January 2014, 08:38 AM
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Re: Firefox 24 h.264 enable option missing

Yes it seems to be working now, although as i can see it only works on Fedora 20, Fedora 19 has Firefox 26 but it doesn't have it included in the build.
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Old 30th January 2014, 02:47 PM
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Re: Firefox 24 h.264 enable option missing

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Firefox plays this one too here http://vimeo.com/84297020 ... maybe test with a new FF profile?
That one forces the flash player.
That happens sometimes, also over at YouTube, probably some codec or license issue.
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Old 30th January 2014, 05:54 PM
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Re: Firefox 24 h.264 enable option missing

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That one forces the flash player.
That happens sometimes, also over at YouTube, probably some codec or license issue.
In my previous tests I always uninstalled adobe flash player before trying to play the video (since I have it installed in ~/.mozilla/plugins, I just renamed that dir).

Some observations about playing that video in Vimeo:
- if flash player isn't available at all on the system the video plays with HTML5/gstreamer
- if flash is installed but set to "never activate" in about:addons -> plugins in Firefox the video plays with HTML5/gstreamer
- if flash in installed but set to "ask to activate" in about:addons Vimeo displays an message asking to activate flash
- if flash is installed but blocked for that specific site via the Firefox site permissions (click the globe icon in the urlbar on the left -> More Information -> Permissions) Vimeo displays an error that flash is disabled

Basically, Vimeo can play the video in the HTML5 player, but it checks for flash first and only falls back to HTML5 if flash isn't "working".
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