Playing music and video

Installed banshee and all the plugins noted on this page.
i.e. gstreamer0.10-plugins-base gstreamer0.10-plugins-good gstreamer0.10-plugins-ugly \
gstreamer0.10-plugins-bad gstreamer0.10-plugins-ugly-multiverse \
gstreamer0.10-plugins-bad-multiverse gstreamer0.10-ffmpeg

…the result: banshee plays ogg, mp3, wma, wv… maybe even more. All is well.

Totem, using gstreamer, seems to work quite well and I don’t want to change that. I.e. I don’t want to change totem to xine, however it seems I need xine to play DVDs properly. So I installed gxine and all it comes with through Synaptic separately from totem. I now have both totem “movie player” and gxine available.

To install libdvdcss2 follow this.
sudo apt-get install libdvdread3
sudo /usr/share/doc/libdvdread3/

All DVDs seem to play properly now in gxine, including menus, language and subtitle choosing. However, with all of them the screen flickers black intermittently. Some DVDs more, some less. It is more pronounced at larger viewing, e.g. fullscreen.

Apart from that, most – but not all – mpg, avi, asf, wmv are playing happily in totem-gstreamer.

Lastly, some autorun settings:
> System > Preferences > Removable Drives and Media
DVD autorun to use GXine: gxine dvd:///dev/dvd
Audio CDs autorun Banshee: banshee --play --audio-cd /dev/hdc

Issues with autoplaying audio CDs with banshee:
When inserting an audio CD, banshee starts, but then comes up with an error: Playback error: Resource not found. see screenshot:

However, the CD appears correctly in banshee, including lookup of titles etc, and pressing play plays it fine.
However, volume seems to be turned up to maximum at this point, even if it wasn’t before.

In conclusion: A lot of progress with playing multimedia, but some issues still need to be investigated:
– Intermittent black flickers when playing DVDs
– Banshee Resource not found error & subsequent max volume on Edgy


6 responses to “Playing music and video

  1. Thanks! How2stop totem from its attempts to play DVD’s is useful (tho the Multimedia tab is left out of the instructions).

  2. I also installed libdvdnav4 & libdvdplay0 along with gxine; not sure if they were actually necessary.

  3. trying to comment, is there a problem?

  4. Thanks for the comments. I haven’t been keeping track of this for a while.

    I can report that an upgrade to Feisty Fawn and using VLC player for DVDs have solved the above mentioned issues.

  5. I recently changed DVD playback of my drive from zone 2 (Europe, etc) to zone 1 (USA). However, now I can no longer play zone 2 DVDs. Before I could play both zone 1 and zone 2 DVDs in VLC… not sure what’s the problem.

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