I have a specific MP4 video file that plays fine in MPlayer and VLC, but other programs on my Arch Linux box (Banshee, Gnome's Movie Player) are unable to play it. Most seem to treat it as having zero length. It also causes Gnome's Properties dialog to just display a dialog saying "Creating Properties Window" and never load.

What is it about this file that causes it to do this?

  • We'd have to see the file, and even then this is probably simply a bug in xine/gstreamer – xenoterracide Nov 5 '10 at 23:32
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    Or a misencoded file that mplayer and vlc happen to be able to handle – Michael Mrozek Nov 6 '10 at 4:55
  • Can't upload the file, given that it's a full movie, sorry. – Macha Nov 8 '10 at 19:28

You've installed the needed gstreamer plugins?
(don't know exactly which, maybe gstreamer0.10-bad or gstreamer0.10-ffmpeg) ...


This appears to be because of a misencoded file. Encoding with a different application than originally used did not have the same result.

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