Totem Video Player Missing Mono Audio Preference

Bug #1100241 reported by Lonnie Lee Best on 2013-01-16
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gstreamer0.10 (Ubuntu)

Bug Description

The Totem video player provides Audio output options, but is missing the "Mono" option. See:

Totem > Edit > Preferences > Audio > Audio output type

My Dell Studio 17 is suffering from another bug where I'm unable to hear audio out of its left-internal-speaker:

I have an AVI file that only has audio for the left channel, so I'm unable to hear this video in Totem.

However, using VLC, I can simply click on the video while it is playing, and then make both speakers play the left channel.

If Totem would provide a "Mono" option in its Audio Preferences menu, I'd probably be able to hear the file in Totem is well.

I realize that this is a special case, but there are probably other reasons why someone would prefer mono over stereo.

ProblemType: Bug
DistroRelease: Ubuntu 12.10
Package: libgstreamer0.10-0 0.10.36-1ubuntu2
ProcVersionSignature: Ubuntu 3.5.0-21.32-generic
Uname: Linux 3.5.0-21-generic x86_64
NonfreeKernelModules: wl
ApportVersion: 2.6.1-0ubuntu9
Architecture: amd64
Date: Wed Jan 16 05:11:51 2013
InstallationDate: Installed on 2012-11-28 (48 days ago)
InstallationMedia: Ubuntu 12.10 "Quantal Quetzal" - Release amd64 (20121017.5)
MarkForUpload: True
 PATH=(custom, no user)
SourcePackage: gstreamer0.10
UpgradeStatus: No upgrade log present (probably fresh install)

description: updated

VLC has a reverse stereo option that saves the day for me.

Totem (and GNOME in general) is moving in the direction of having less settings. Totem 3.6.x doesn't even have the Audio output setting. It simply uses the default gstreamer sink, which has to be changed through the command line or with dconf-editor (I made a post about that on ubuntuforums: ). I'm not sure how to make gstreamer downmix everything to mono (or if it's even possible). Something like downmixing is probably best handled through pulseaudio (see /etc/pulse/daemon.conf ).

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