[MASTER] Apps using gstreamer0.10 do not support all available formats because gstreamer0.10-ffmpeg was removed

Bug #1275556 reported by Lonnie Lee Best on 2014-02-02
This bug affects 123 people
Affects Status Importance Assigned to Milestone
Fix Released
Karl Ellis
gstreamer0.10-ffmpeg (Ubuntu)

Bug Description

gstreamer0.10-ffmpeg was removed from the Trusty repositories because of bug 1253071. Apps still using gstreamer0.10 now have no ffmpeg/libav support.

[WORKAROUND For Trusty/14.04]

tags: added: needs-packaging trusty
description: updated
Brian Murray (brian-murray) wrote :

*** This is an automated message ***

This bug is tagged needs-packaging which identifies it as a request for a new package in Ubuntu. As a part of the managing needs-packaging bug reports specification, https://wiki.ubuntu.com/QATeam/Specs/NeedsPackagingBugs, all needs-packaging bug reports have Wishlist importance. Subsequently, I'm setting this bug's status to Wishlist.

summary: - Package 'gstreamer0.10-ffmpeg' has no installation candidate
+ [needs-packaging] Package 'gstreamer0.10-ffmpeg' has no installation
+ candidate
Changed in gstreamer0.10-ffmpeg (Ubuntu):
importance: Undecided → Wishlist

Status changed to 'Confirmed' because the bug affects multiple users.

Changed in gstreamer0.10-ffmpeg (Ubuntu):
status: New → Confirmed
Roman (m01brv) wrote :

Without this package Amarok does not play WMA files, and it cannot find a sutable plugin to install.

Roman (m01brv) wrote :

(I mean in Ubuntu 14.04)

Vasco Alves (vascofalves) wrote :

Without this package, KDE apps won't play any h264 videos (as long as you're using the phonon gstreamer backend, and not the vlc one, but the former is the default). Firefox won't either, so yeah, this is kind of important to have back by release time. Could you not build the version of ffmpeg/libav bundled with the gst-ffmpeg source, and statically link it?

AFAIK Firefox is able to use GStreamer 1.0 upstream (prooflink: https://bugzilla.mozilla.org/show_bug.cgi?id=806917) so Ubuntu Mozilla team should just complie it against 1.0 and not 0.10 which is no longer supported by GStreamer developers.

David F. (malteworld) wrote :

But it's only fixed in trunk and they don't want to backport it.

Roman (m01brv) wrote :

See also bug 1293413

Stefan Metzmacher (metze) wrote :

Why is the importance = Wishlist?

This package is available in 12.04, I think it's a regression that it will be missing in 14.04!

Mantas Kriaučiūnas (mantas) wrote :

gstreamer0.10-ffmpeg package for Ubuntu 14.04 is available at this repository:
 but it seems some apps crashes if this gstreamer0.10-ffmpeg package is installed, see http://webupd8.org/2014/03/get-firefox-and-phonon-gstreamer-to.html#comment-1308764844
 Musictube crashes with that package installed, and so does Pitivi too :-(

Simon Eisenmann (longsleep) wrote :

Well imho it is an absolute no go that Ubuntu 14.04 should have no playback support of H.264 content. This should work out of the box and is a major problem which will prevent people to switch. It really should be able to play back H.264 and HEVC content - hey its 2014.

Karl Ellis (soylent-tv) wrote :

Hi, I am a contributor to a java project that use gstreamer backend ...
The gstreamer0.10-ffmpeg is very important for us, please fix this.

Karl Ellis (soylent-tv) wrote :

In WebcamStudio Project I can't use gstreamer 1.x backends because is too heavy for slower machines ... gstreamer 0.10 is much more stable and needs less resources yet. I will be very happy to use 1.x version in our project, and i also implemented it for use, but i truly find that 0.10 is better.
If you need, I can send tests for cpu usage about what I'm saying.
Anyway, always Thanks for gstreamer project.

Changed in webcamstudio:
importance: Undecided → High
status: New → Confirmed
assignee: nobody → Karl Ellis (soylent-tv)
Karl Ellis (soylent-tv) wrote :

Just passed to gst-launch-1.0 with the use of Gnonlin 1.x to playback h264 media. Anyway Gnonlin 1.2 gnlfilesource is missed (I used gnlurisource instead) and the overall WebcamStudio Performance were affected. Also with gst-launch-1.0 I experienced Audio/Video out of sync issues. I'm working on it.

Changed in webcamstudio:
status: Confirmed → In Progress
Karl Ellis (soylent-tv) wrote :

Fixed in WebcamStudio build 538 using gst-launch-1.0 to playback h264 media.

Changed in webcamstudio:
status: In Progress → Fix Released
Joey Chan (qqworini) wrote :

Everyone knows that now Qt5 is the primary development env in Ubuntu, but Qt5 is using this(ffmpeg-plugin) for video playback, without this plugin, all videos failed to play in Qt5.

PLS get it back !!!

summary: - [needs-packaging] Package 'gstreamer0.10-ffmpeg' has no installation
- candidate
+ [MASTER] Apps using gstreamer0.10 do not support all available formats
+ because gstreamer0.10-ffmpeg was removed
description: updated
Daniel Letzeisen (dtl131) wrote :

The bug was automatically marked 'Wishlist' because of the needs-packaging tag. Changing to Medium for now (though in all likelihood, it is a 'Won't Fix' issue and users will have to use a PPA).

tags: removed: needs-packaging
Changed in gstreamer0.10-ffmpeg (Ubuntu):
importance: Wishlist → Medium
status: Confirmed → Triaged

@Daniel, but the problem is I *really* don't want a bunch of random PPAs. How can I possibly know who is even putting the code in there? I want centralized security, not randomized PPAs. Seriously, this isn't a tenable solution if Ubuntu takes itself seriously.

Daniel Letzeisen (dtl131) wrote :

Ubuntu can't package every last piece of software (just like Microsoft and Apple). PPA's are sometimes unavoidable if you want to use software not in the repos.

The solution to the issue is for programs to move to gstreamer1.0. Firefox 30 now supports gstreamer1.0 and phonon/KDE does as well.

Yves Dorfsman (dorfsmay) wrote :

I think the issue is that the default Ubuntu 14.04 install is not installing a couple of gstreamer packages. I have added these three packages and am now able to watch H.264 (so I can now watch Vimeo for example):


Could those be added to the default Ubuntu workstation install?

Sezer Yalcin (sy-y) wrote :

Arista can't convert due to this bug.

I am running to alot of video playback issues in vlc and mplayer. I have placed bug reports on them but I am wondering if this issue is part of the problem.

Workaround on 15.04: `gstreamer0.10-ffmpeg` is provided by PPA `ppa:mc3man/gstffmpeg-keep`.

Marcos Alano (mhalano) wrote :

This bug still occurs on Xenial, Yakkety?

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