Red Hat Bugzilla – Bug 141012
AVI Files playing crooked and broken in Totem
Last modified: 2013-03-13 00:47:16 EDT
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Description of problem:
Playing some (not sure if it's all) AVI video files in Totem with
Gstreamer, the videos will play, but heavily distored - with the
picture skewed at a 45-degree angle.
I tried to take a screenshot of the video from within Totem, but
Totem's Edit - Take Screenshot feature didn't seem to do anything.
There's a link to one of the videos that was playing this way:
The same videos display normally/properly in mplayer.
Version-Release number of selected component (if applicable):
How reproducible: Always
Steps to Reproduce:
1. Open video (http://jimmac.musichall.cz/demos/gimp/toolbox.avi) in Totem
3. Watch in horror
I can confirm this problem; it seems to be caused by the esdsink
plugin. All pipelines that end in esdsink have distorted output; this
doesn't depend on the stream source. As a workaround, configure
gstreamer to use osssink (or alsasink, but that one tends to crash
with some streams - see also #142823.)
I investigated a little further, and I think the problem is not caused
by gstreamer/gstreamer-plugins (at least in my case.) I installed the
same packages (including gstreamer-*, alsa-*, kernel-*) on my
notebook, and everything works ok there. Seems to be a problem of the
sound driver, or maybe even the hardware; on-board soundcards suck.
Sorry about the noise :-)
1. I'm pretty sure that this video requires codecs which don't ship by default,
like gstreamer-ffmpeg or the new gstreamer-plugins-ugly.
2. With those plugins, this now plays fine for me. Please retest and
(hopefully) close the bug.
Created attachment 125796 [details]
screenshot of crooked nautilus thumbnail
(In reply to comment #3)
> 2. With those plugins, this now plays fine for me. Please retest and
> (hopefully) close the bug.
Still on FC4, but with ffmpeg available, this video does work now. However, the
Nautilus thumbnail still shows the distorted/crooked version (screenshot
Most likely just cached in your .thumbnails directory. You can delete the files
in there if you want to fix the issue.
(In reply to comment #5)
> Most likely just cached in your .thumbnails directory. You can delete the files
> in there if you want to fix the issue.
I assumed this was the case too. However, even after clearing out everthing in
my .thumbnails dir, Nautilus regenerates the skewed-looking thumbnail.
Upgraded to FC5 and the upstream gstreamer-ffmpeg package for 0.10 and the
thumbnail is fixed now too. All seems well.
In that case, let's close this bug, if it all works now.