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VLC : what works, what does not
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B.K. Johnson

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PostPosted: Sat 18 Jun 2016, 10:02    Post subject:  

tahr-6.02 updated to 6.0.5 via quickpet and vlc-2.1.4 rincewind works

testing of HD Color Bars and Test Tone - PAL.mp4
Works. Results same as smokey01's here

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smokey01


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PostPosted: Sat 18 Jun 2016, 10:06    Post subject:  

Billtoo, I just tried your VLC recipe in Fatdog64-702 and it worked fine.

I made it into a SFS, about 28M.

My first ever successful build of VLC.

Thanks

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Billtoo


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PostPosted: Sat 18 Jun 2016, 10:13    Post subject: VLC : what works, what does not  

smokey01 wrote:


My first ever successful build of VLC.

Thanks


You're welcome.

I also have smplayer and smtube (latest versions) installed in lxpupsc, vlc can be used to play videos from smtube which is nice, just right click on the video and select vlc as the player.
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Pete


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PostPosted: Sat 18 Jun 2016, 10:41    Post subject:  

Thank you Billtoo, will try and compile.
Looks like there is hope for VLC after all.
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Billtoo


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PostPosted: Sat 18 Jun 2016, 23:15    Post subject:  

Pete wrote:
Thank you Billtoo, will try and compile.
Looks like there is hope for VLC after all.



I compiled vlc-2.2.3 in LxPupSc again, there were a few libs missing from my first
attempt.
From PPM in LxPupSc: dvdread-503,dvdnav-503,lua,a52.
Other stuff:fontconfig-2.12.0.tar.bz2 (blfs),libass-0.13.2.tar.xz
(blfs),libbluray-0.7.0.tar.bz2,libpng-1.6.22.tar.xz,last_x264.tar.bz2
Needs qt-487 from PPM as well.

./configure --prefix=/usr --sysconfdir=/etc --localstatedir=/var
--libdir=/usr/lib --enable-run-as-root --enable-merge-ffmpeg

make -j2

new2dir make install (made vlc pets which takes a while)

It shows dvd menus now, should support subtitles too.

Hopefully someone will compile,package and post vlc-2.2.3 for others to download.

Anything that I compile is always way bigger than it needs to be Smile
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Pete


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PostPosted: Sun 19 Jun 2016, 06:42    Post subject:  

Hi Billtoo

Great that you got it compiled.
I wouldn't worry about it being bigger by a few megs, at least it's working.

As regards subtitles, there are several types all of which use different libs to decode and then a common lib to display.

First type is embedded in the stream, for example in mkv movies.
This gives you the option to switch them on or off.

Second type is the ones found in DVD's.
Again these can be switched on or off and various languages are available.

Third type are in a separate file which vlc will show automatically if the file exists in the same directory and has the same name as the movie clip.
Many formats available but most common are .srt and .ass (yes no typo).

Last type are the "burnt-in" subtitles which cannot be turned off as they have been rendered on top of the video.
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PostPosted: Sun 19 Jun 2016, 12:31    Post subject:  

To test if VLC will display subtitles, download Test.srt (remove the fake .zip)
then save it to the same directory as your video/s and rename the srt file to the same name as one of your movies/clips., don't forget the.srt extension.

Restart VLC and play that movie.
First subtitle should appear from aprox 0.5 sec to 4 secs, then nothing for 1 sec then second sub title from 5 sec to 11 secs.
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Billtoo


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PostPosted: Sun 19 Jun 2016, 13:02    Post subject:  

Pete wrote:
To test if VLC will display subtitles, download Test.srt (remove the fake .zip)
then save it to the same directory as your video/s and rename the srt file to the same name as one of your movies/clips., don't forget the.srt extension.

Restart VLC and play that movie.
First subtitle should appear from aprox 0.5 sec to 4 secs, then nothing for 1 sec then second sub title from 5 sec to 11 secs.


It displayed "This is line 1" then nothing, then "This is line 2"
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PostPosted: Sun 19 Jun 2016, 13:06    Post subject:  

Perfect, exactly what it should be.

You can safely assume that subtitles are working.
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smokey01


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PostPosted: Mon 04 Jul 2016, 03:20    Post subject:  

Has anyone manage to compile VLC 3.0 yet?

I'm looking forward to chromecast support.

Interesting German article: http://www.chip.de/artikel/VLC-3.0-Chromecast-Release-Neuheiten_79181893.html

Translated to English.

VLC 3.0 supports Chromecast
Video streaming is an interesting topic for many users. VLC 3.0 gets native support for Chromecast donated, the biggest highlight. The HDMI Stick Google Google now wants to dissuade us from WhatsApp and Apple can be played directly from the VLC media player. Currently Chromecast module is still being worked on and the known Chromecast button does not exist yet. The transfer therefore can not be started with a single click or tap. Instead, you have to head for the point "Renderer Output" under "Tools". There, sitting in the optimal case also Chromecast. In our tests it worked not really good. Although the Chromecast was found, but the transmission worked only every fifth attempt. Users must therefore be patient for stable Chromecast support or use our alternative tip for VLC and Chromecast.

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LateAdopter

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PostPosted: Mon 04 Jul 2016, 05:45    Post subject:  

Hello Smokey01

If you are testing xenialpup/xenialpup64, you could get the daily build .debs from Launchpad and install them.

https://launchpad.net/~videolan/+archive/ubuntu/master-daily/+packages

I have added Launchpad PPAs to the Puppy Package Manager in the past, but it's not generally worth the effort. I normally download the amd64 .debs that are not dev or dbg and click on them in Rox filer to install them. Then check dependencies of installed package to create a shopping list of packages to get from the Ubuntu repo.

A few warnings though.

Doug McMahon has various PPAs on Launchpad. https://launchpad.net/~mc3man

He packages all of the latest multimedia stuff that works. A few months ago he commented that he had built VLC 3 but it wasn't usable, so he deleted it.

I remember, when barryk was working on the PPM during the Precise Puppy beta stage, that VLC was the ultimate test because it had about 70 dependencies. Xenialpup is quite up-to-date so it shouldn't need that many. Also a lot of dependencies derive from the plugins, and VLC will still run without them.

When installing a new version of VLC you need to delete the existing plugins as well as the config files.

You might have better luck with chromecast on KODI 16.1/17 alpha if you can understand its user interface.
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PostPosted: Mon 04 Jul 2016, 06:34    Post subject:  

I've had a look at a portable version 3.0, 80M. Too big for everyday use but OK to have a look at. Won't run as root. I'm trying to get a later version to see how much they've progressed with chromecast.

With the xenial version do I need all of those deps too? This is why I hate Ubuntu, everything is packaged separately. You never know what you need. I like to make sfs files on big packages that way I'm working with one file with everything contained. I still need the deps but I can share that single file and others don't need to gather deps.

Do I need all of these?
https://launchpad.net/~videolan/+archive/ubuntu/master-daily/+build/10313121

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PostPosted: Mon 04 Jul 2016, 08:46    Post subject:  

You need 5 packages from the PPA
vlc-3.0.0
vlc-nox
vlc-data
vlccore8
libvlc

Then I would do:
Code:
ldd vlc | grep not

To find out what is needed just to get VLC to run. Then you run VLC in a terminal and it lists dozens of dependencies needed by the plugins, but they are not fatal. You have to guess which ones you actually need.

I have been that route once and it's quite long winded. If I wanted VLC 3, I would probably add that PPA to Puppy Package Manager and let it do the work.

I just installed Kodi 17 alpha 2 from the Launchpad KODI unstable PPA on xenialpup64 . It needed three .debs from the PPA and five other packages from the Ubuntu repo. It only took a few minutes and it's working.

Good Luck!
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PostPosted: Mon 04 Jul 2016, 20:05    Post subject: What about DVDs ?
Subject description: VLC 2.14 rincewind plays my DVDs
 

Vlc works : my question was
what is working, what is not. Sure VLC works
What about DVDs ?
My topic was to collect problems encountered with VLC by users, not problems to install it.
It's Harder and harder to plays DVDs nowadays unless install the old XineDVD.

Post-scriptum
VLC 2.14 rincewind plays my DVDs

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PostPosted: Mon 04 Jul 2016, 20:19    Post subject: VLC : what works, what does not  

Vlc-2.2.4 works well in LxPupSc-16071 (amd64-radeon graphics)
It works well in LxPupSc-16071 on lenovo desktop (intel dual core processor-Nvidia graphics)
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