I’ve never really liked totem. It’s set up as the default movie player, but I always had problems getting it to play movies – some would play fine, others wouldn’t. It always worked for quicktime movies however.
Today, Craig asked about playing quicktime under Totem. This suprised me, because it was the one thing I had working well. We both run Ubuntu Dapper.
After closer inspection, it seems we had different gstreamer plugins installed. There’s quite a few of these packages in Ubuntu, so missing one or another is probably quite easy.
- gstreamer0.10-plugins-base – GStreamer plugins from the “base” set
- gstreamer0.10-plugins-good – GStreamer plugins from the “good” set
- gstreamer0.10-plugins-bad – GStreamer plugins from the “bad” set
- gstreamer0.10-plugins-ugly – GStreamer plugins from the “ugly” set
- gstreamer0.10-plugins-ugly-multiverse – GStreamer plugins from the “ugly” set (Multiverse Variant)
- gstreamer0.10-plugins-bad-multiverse – GStreamer plugins from the “bad” set (Multiverse Variant)
These are described better at http://gstreamer.freedesktop.org/modules/.
So now I have gstreamer0.10-plugins-bad-multiverse installed which includes the xvid codec. All good!