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Curious about VLC 

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Re: Curious about VLC 

#11 Postby Stevo » Thu Feb 20, 2014 12:16 am

JBoman wrote:get a similar result with same version of vlc and just .mpg but I get an error... see attached... :confused:



It means that the ALSA sound system isn't assigning any sound device as "default". This usually also means Flash video won't play in the browser. VLC can be set to use another sound device, but you probably want a default sound device instead.

Install alsa-utils and post the output of

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aplay -l


here. We need to see what devices you have, so we can assign one as the default in the ~/.asoundrc file.

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Re: Curious about VLC 

#12 Postby JBoman » Thu Feb 20, 2014 12:43 am

Stevo wrote:
JBoman wrote:get a similar result with same version of vlc and just .mpg but I get an error... see attached... :confused:



It means that the ALSA sound system isn't assigning any sound device as "default". This usually also means Flash video won't play in the browser. VLC can be set to use another sound device, but you probably want a default sound device instead.

Install alsa-utils and post the output of

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aplay -l


here. We need to see what devices you have, so we can assign one as the default in the ~/.asoundrc file.


Funny thing is flash videos play fine in the browser and other videos .webm, .mpeg4, avi, etc play in vlc from the desktop. Anyway here is the output>
@Mepis1:~$ aplay -l
**** List of PLAYBACK Hardware Devices ****
card 0: NVidia [HDA NVidia], device 0: STAC9200 Analog [STAC9200 Analog]
Subdevices: 1/1
Subdevice #0: subdevice #0

***note... my sound is also screwed in skype
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Re: Curious about VLC 

#13 Postby Stevo » Thu Feb 20, 2014 11:44 am

Well, you just have one device. Try creating a hidden .asoundrc text file in your home folder with this cut and pasted into it:

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defaults.ctl.card 0
defaults.pcm.card 0
defaults.timer.card 0



Then reboot and see if VLC can use a "default" device.

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Re: Curious about VLC 

#14 Postby DBeckett » Thu Feb 20, 2014 12:24 pm

Stevo wrote:Try having VLC use the ffmpeg-type demuxer to play the problem files. Start VLC up from the terminal with the command

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vlc --demux ffmpeg


and then open a problem file to see if it plays.

If it plays, you can make a custom launcher or menu entry to use that command to start VLC.

That was interesting. I have five examples to choose from at the moment. One played okay, two played without sound, and two played with a black screen and no sound (the progress bar indicated that they were indeed playing). In all cases, the command window filled up with various errors.
That would indicate to my limited intellect that the file formats are not the same from file to file.

As I said.... interesting.
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Re: Curious about VLC 

#15 Postby JBoman » Thu Feb 20, 2014 1:17 pm

I have similar results. Have determined on my system the videos without sound were all downloaded during "private browsing" sessions that used https instead of http so that appears to be a factor in my situation. I have verified this quirk by downloading the same vid from private and non private sessions and the ones downloaded from a https connection do not have sound but from plain http the sound is present. :confused:
This creates a minor problem since I usually always use private browsing and forget about the sound thing till I later try to play saved vids. My current solution is to go back online in non private browsing and redownload the vids which then have sound. Kind of a PITA to get sound. Most vids are downloaded with download helper and are from you tube. Pretty sure that download helper is not the problem though. :snail:
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Re: Curious about VLC 

#16 Postby lucky9 » Thu Feb 20, 2014 3:34 pm

Easy enough to check. Disable Download Helper and try. (I've had problems when using Download Helper in the past and don't use it now.)
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