Totem fails to play mp4 files originating from youtube

Bug #977048 reported by Antoine-terracol
This bug affects 18 people
Affects Status Importance Assigned to Milestone
gstreamer0.10 (Ubuntu)

Bug Description

In precise beta 2, Totem fails to plays mp4 files downloaded from youtube via Minitube or the Firefox DownloaHhelper plugin.
Totem does not crash, but displays a black screen.

As a result, totem-video-thumbnailer fails to create a proper snapshot to be used as a thumbnail for those videos in Nautilus (it aborts with a
"totem-video-thumbnailer couldn't process file: 'video.mp4'
Reason: Took too much time to process."
error message)

This is a regression as everything was fine in 11.10 using the same videos. Moreover, other media players such as VLC or SMPlayer have no trouble playing the video.

Steps to reproduce
- Download a video from youtube using minitube or the DownloadHelper Firefox plugin
- check that Nautilus does not display a snapshot of the video as a thumbnail
- check that Totem fails to properly plays the video, although it does not crash
- check that it is not the case in 11.10

ProblemType: Bug
DistroRelease: Ubuntu 12.04
Package: libgstreamer0.10-0 0.10.36-1
ProcVersionSignature: Ubuntu 3.2.0-22.35-generic-pae 3.2.14
Uname: Linux 3.2.0-22-generic-pae i686
ApportVersion: 2.0-0ubuntu4
Architecture: i386
Date: Mon Apr 9 10:11:47 2012
InstallationMedia: Ubuntu 11.04 "Natty Narwhal" - Release i386 (20110427.1)
SourcePackage: gstreamer0.10
UpgradeStatus: Upgraded to precise on 2012-03-29 (10 days ago)

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Antoine-terracol (antoine-terracol) wrote :
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Launchpad Janitor (janitor) wrote :

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

Changed in gstreamer0.10 (Ubuntu):
status: New → Confirmed
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Max Bowsher (maxb) wrote :

Another way to obtain a video file to reproduce this:

$ sudo apt-get install youtube-dl
$ youtube-dl -f 18 lk5_OSsawz4

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gianluca.pettinello (g-pet) wrote :

A workaround I just found:
go to /usr/share/thumbnailers
edit totem-video.thumbnailer
instead of using totem-video-thumbnailer use ffmpegthumbnailer -i %u -o %o after having installed it
then cancel the folder ~/.thumbnails/
Finally logout and login

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