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Can't Get Parole to Work

Postby bentHnau » 2017-02-12 18:25

I can't play any videos in parole. I get a message about needing an H264 decoder. Nothing seems to happen if I choose install. I've tried running sudo parole from the command line, hoping that the privileges would allow the decoder to be downloaded, but that didn't work. The terminal output is
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Cannot connect to server socket err = No such file or directory
Cannot connect to server request channel
jack server is not running or cannot be started
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Re: Can't Get Parole to Work

Postby bw123 » 2017-03-06 14:13

Is the problem only with parole? Maybe try some other app, I like cli tool 'avplay' in package 'libav-tools'
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Re: Can't Get Parole to Work

Postby stevepusser » 2017-03-06 21:11

Hey, an easy one! Edit: Shouldn't have said, in retrospect... Though I would not say you can't play any video, you could probably play ogg theora video, but most stuff you'll find nowadays is going to be h.264.

Terminal command
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apt show parole


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Package: parole
Version: 0.5.4-1
Installed-Size: 1,554 kB
Maintainer: Debian Xfce Maintainers <pkg-xfce-devel@lists.alioth.debian.org>
Depends: libatk1.0-0 (>= 1.12.4), libc6 (>= 2.4), libcairo2 (>= 1.2.4), libdbus-1-3 (>= 1.0.2), libdbus-glib-1-2 (>= 0.88), libfontconfig1 (>= 2.11), libfreetype6 (>= 2.2.1), libgdk-pixbuf2.0-0 (>= 2.22.0), libglib2.0-0 (>= 2.31.8), libgstreamer-plugins-base0.10-0 (>= 0.10.26), libgstreamer0.10-0 (>= 0.10.12), libgtk2.0-0 (>= 2.24.0), libnotify4 (>= 0.7.0), libpango-1.0-0 (>= 1.14.0), libpangocairo-1.0-0 (>= 1.14.0), libpangoft2-1.0-0 (>= 1.14.0), libtagc0 (>= 1.5), libx11-6, libxfce4ui-1-0 (>= 4.9.0), libxfce4util6 (>= 4.9.0), libxfconf-0-2 (>= 4.6.0), gstreamer0.10-x
Suggests: Package: parole
Version: 0.5.4-1
Installed-Size: 1,554 kB
Maintainer: Debian Xfce Maintainers <pkg-xfce-devel@lists.alioth.debian.org>
Depends: libatk1.0-0 (>= 1.12.4), libc6 (>= 2.4), libcairo2 (>= 1.2.4), libdbus-1-3 (>= 1.0.2), libdbus-glib-1-2 (>= 0.88), libfontconfig1 (>= 2.11), libfreetype6 (>= 2.2.1), libgdk-pixbuf2.0-0 (>= 2.22.0), libglib2.0-0 (>= 2.31.8), libgstreamer-plugins-base0.10-0 (>= 0.10.26), libgstreamer0.10-0 (>= 0.10.12), libgtk2.0-0 (>= 2.24.0), libnotify4 (>= 0.7.0), libpango-1.0-0 (>= 1.14.0), libpangocairo-1.0-0 (>= 1.14.0), libpangoft2-1.0-0 (>= 1.14.0), libtagc0 (>= 1.5), libx11-6, libxfce4ui-1-0 (>= 4.9.0), libxfce4util6 (>= 4.9.0), libxfconf-0-2 (>= 4.6.0), gstreamer0.10-x
Suggests: gstreamer0.10-plugins-ugly, gstreamer0.10-plugins-bad, gstreamer0.10-ffmpeg, gnome-codec-install
...


So you just need to install the Suggested packages in the last line, which aren't installed by default, and...hey, wait a minute! The last two are Ubuntu packages--this is some kind of holdover from Ubuntu or Wheezy and sort of a bug. What you need to install are gstreamer0.10-plugins-ugly, gstreamer0.10-plugins-bad, gstreamer0.10-plugins-good.
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Re: Can't Get Parole to Work

Postby bentHnau » 2017-03-09 19:12

stevepusser wrote:What you need to install are gstreamer0.10-plugins-ugly, gstreamer0.10-plugins-bad, gstreamer0.10-plugins-good.


Those are already installed. Parole isn't playing mp4.
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Re: Can't Get Parole to Work

Postby bentHnau » 2017-03-09 19:12

bw123 wrote:Is the problem only with parole? Maybe try some other app, I like cli tool 'avplay' in package 'libav-tools'


Yes, only parole.
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Re: Can't Get Parole to Work

Postby stevepusser » 2017-03-09 22:47

I installed Parole on a Jessie base, and can play h.264 files in mp4 and mkv containers. I did some tests, and found out that uninstalling a rebuild of gstreamer0.10-ffmpeg for the MX 15 repository indeed broke the playback, just like yours. That package is not in Debian, so you'll have to get it by following links in my sig, or from deb-multimedia (but be careful to make sure it doesn't want to install anything else from there, which could break things).

Maybe a backport of Parole could use gstreamer 1.0; we have gstreamer1.0-libav in the repo, which performs the same function for 1.0 as the older -ffmpeg package.
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Re: Can't Get Parole to Work

Postby Segfault » 2017-03-09 23:02

May I recommend mpv? My absolute favorite, can even play Youtube videos. Supports VA-API (last time I checked MPLayer did not). Will work with SMplayer if you prefer GUI.
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Re: Can't Get Parole to Work

Postby stevepusser » 2017-03-10 00:36

+10 for SMPlayer + mpv--I even have the latest releases of those in my jessie-backports OBS repo, 17.3.0 and 0.24 respectively. I also have QMPlay2 in there, which is another feature-rich player (not in Debian yet) which supports various types of hardware acceleration--va-api works really well on my machine. Like VLC, these all just play everything right out of the box--no messing around with "codecs" except for libdvdcss2 for commercial DVD playback, but all Debian players require that.

I can see the upstream Parole indeed uses gstreamer1.0, and in fact has a hard dependency on gstreamer1.0-libav, but it remains to be seen if the gtk requirements are met by the Jessie versions.
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