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RDReavis
14th May 2008, 05:29 AM
Hi!
I'm trying to play a wmv file and I'm not getting audio with VLC. xine let me know that WMA v3 wasn't available, so I tried installing the codecs at http://www.mplayerhq.hu/MPlayer/releases/codecs/, but it didn't work. Perhaps I'm doing something wrong. I'm running FC8 x86-64.

Thanks in advance!
Richard D. Reavis

hellork
14th May 2008, 06:40 AM
ffmpeg2theora

RDReavis
14th May 2008, 06:57 AM
Not much luck; while converting, the output shows 0kbps. Here's a bit of the output:

Duration: 00:28:05.8, start: 3.000000, bitrate: 1035 kb/s
Stream #0.0: Audio: 0x0162, 48000 Hz, stereo, 128 kb/s
Stream #0.1: Video: wmv3, yuv420p, 540x304, 900 kb/s, 25.00 fps(r)
[wmv3 @ 0x31e1134be0]Extra data: 8 bits left, value: 0
Resize: 540x304
0:28:05.80 audio: 0kbps video: 652kbps, time remaining: 00:00:00

Thanks!

woden
14th May 2008, 07:31 AM
RDReavis, did you tried to install codecs for amd64? I mean this ones: http://www.mplayerhq.hu/MPlayer/releases/codecs/essential-amd64-20071007.tar.bz2

RDReavis
14th May 2008, 07:46 AM
RDReavis, did you tried to install codecs for amd64? I mean this ones: http://www.mplayerhq.hu/MPlayer/releases/codecs/essential-amd64-20071007.tar.bz2

How exactly would I go about installing them? (Sorry; I'm a n00b when it comes to Linux...I'm quite new to it.)

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Edit:

I dropped those three files in the archive into every directory listed in the README and things still aren't working. =\
I also dropped them into /usr/lib64/codecs/, which was listed in xine to be the codec folder it looked in. I'd really like to get this working in VLC, but I'm open to any app at this point.

Thanks again for all your help!

woden
14th May 2008, 09:27 AM
Oh, sorry. These codecs work only in MPlayer. It is said on the first page of the MPlayer's website.
VLC uses built-in codecs to decode audio and video streams, and it has nothing to do with MPlayer's binary codecs. So the only solution is to install MPlayer. Latest package is in the 'livna' repo. If you have VLC, I assume you have already set livna up.

RDReavis
14th May 2008, 05:52 PM
It still won't play the audio in MPlayer...I press play once, and I have to press it a second time for only the video to play.

Thanks!

woden
15th May 2008, 12:01 PM
Could you please upload the sample from your file somewhere, I could check whether it plays on my machine or not. If it won't be count as illegal, of course.
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Before you do that, you can try ffmpeg simple player, in rare occasions it helped me:

$ffplay $YOURFILE
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If it only can be played with win32 codecs (which are work only in 32bit environment), there is a solution to it. You can install 32bit version of MPlayer and a full set of those codecs in 'all' package. Great if you won't need to, of course.

Wilfred
15th May 2008, 01:36 PM
There is no free source code which decodes wmav3. ffmpeg doesn't support it.

hellork
15th May 2008, 10:44 PM
You are right. ffmpeg only decodes up to wmav2. According to this link, mplayer can play wmav3:

http://linux.softpedia.com/get/Multimedia/Video/MPlayer-020.shtml

If wma9dmod.dll is in your codecs path it ought to work, unless there is something odd about the file headers. You are playing a file and not a URL, right?

Wilfred
16th May 2008, 10:45 AM
But that dll is 32 bit only as far as i know. iow if you are running 64 bit fedora you need a 32 bit mplayer else it won't work