colors are messed up when playing video in MOST applications

Bug #862831 reported by Teo on 2011-09-29
This bug affects 4 people
Affects Status Importance Assigned to Milestone
nvidia-graphics-drivers (Ubuntu)

Bug Description

This happens with ALL video files of many different formats and encoded with a lot of different codecs (h264, mjpeg, mpeg4, flv, ....), but not all files. In ALL applications (different video players, video editing applications), when playing back video, it is displayed with wrong colors (everything looks bluish).

IMPORTANT: even some videos that looked fine a few weeks ago are played with the messed up colors now. So it is definitely a regression in some recent update of some package that got updated automatically.

However, when video previews and still frames are shown, they always are display correctly. The funny thing is that video is processed correctly, that is, whatever video editing application I use to read, process, and output the video, the resulting video is OK if I take it to another machine. All programs display it wrongly but process it correctly, so it is not a problem with the codecs. If I extract images from videos, for example, they are OK.

The only application that shows the video correctly when playing is Avidemux.

All the following applications play back the video with wrong colors:
- Gnome MPlayer
- Movie Player
- Pitivi
Thumbnails in Nautilus are shown correctly, and even in the above programs, frame previews in the timeline and thumbnails are shown correctly.

ProblemType: Bug
DistroRelease: Ubuntu 10.10
Package: ubuntu-desktop 1.207
ProcVersionSignature: Ubuntu 2.6.35-30.59-generic
Uname: Linux 2.6.35-30-generic i686
NonfreeKernelModules: nvidia
Architecture: i386
Date: Thu Sep 29 23:43:49 2011
InstallationMedia: Ubuntu 10.04 LTS "Lucid Lynx" - Release i386 (20100429)
 PATH=(custom, no user)
SourcePackage: ubuntu-meta

Teo (teo1978) wrote :
Teo (teo1978) wrote :

Ok it's this issue

However, note that the "recommended" version of the NVidia drivers (which is supposed to fix the issue) is not recommendable at all, it is completely screwed up, so it is not an option.

Teo (teo1978) wrote :

(regarding my last comment, see 856483)

affects: ubuntu → ubuntu-meta (Ubuntu)
Brian Murray (brian-murray) wrote :

This is likely and issue with your video driver so I am changing the package to xorg.

affects: ubuntu-meta (Ubuntu) → xorg (Ubuntu)
bugbot (bugbot) on 2011-10-15
affects: xorg (Ubuntu) → nvidia-graphics-drivers (Ubuntu)
Teo (teo1978) wrote :

I have upgraded to 11.10, I have the current(recommended) nvidia drivers now (which now work) and the issue is NOT fixed.

Please set the importance to "critical" as soon as possible

Teo (teo1978) wrote :

For god's sake, this regression appeared more than a year ago, may somebody please at least "decide" the importance?

Teo (teo1978) wrote :

Ok, if no effort is being made in fixing this and nobody has even assigned a value to "importance", it MUST mean that there must be some very easy workaround, so can anybody tell me what it is?

Or do most people using ubuntu really never watch videos?

Teo (teo1978) wrote :

(I'm changing this to "confirmed" though one should not confirm one's own bugs, because this is a very well known bug which seems to get attention everywhere except here.)

IT GOT WORSE TODAY: now it has started to affect also videos streaming online, for example videos on YouTube.

For god's sake, when is anybody going to do something about this?

Is there a place where I can see if this has been reported to NVidia?

Changed in nvidia-graphics-drivers (Ubuntu):
status: New → Confirmed
Teo (teo1978) wrote :


For god's sake how many years is it going to take to fix this??

Importance still undecided?? I give you a hint: CRITICAL

Teo (teo1978) wrote :

After upgrading to 12.10, it seems it's fixed.
I still don't get the meaning of the 'S' in 'LTS'.
The fix needs to be made available for 12.04.

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