Can't rewind .mov playback while movie is loading

Bug #289847 reported by Matthew Paul Thomas
Affects Status Importance Assigned to Milestone
totem (Ubuntu)
Fix Released
Ubuntu Desktop Bugs

Bug Description

Binary package hint: totem

Ubuntu Intrepid RC, all updates installed

0. If you have previously tested this bug, clear your browser cache.
1. Go to <>.
2. While the movie is playing but only partly loaded, grab the playback slider and drag it back to the beginning.

What should happen: The playback visibly rewinds as you drag the slider, then restarts from the beginning.
What actually happens: The playback ignores you completely, and as soon as you let go of the slider it jumps back to where it was.

Once the movie has finished loading, the slider begins behaving correctly. It misbehaves only when the movie hasn't finished loading yet.

Not to be confused with bug 33325, where seeking does work but is highly inaccurate; in this case it doesn't work at all.

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Matthew Paul Thomas (mpt) wrote :

With an Ogg Theora video, such as <>, the problem is even worse: not only can you not seek, but the playback slider never budges from the beginning. Again, it starts working properly once the file has completed loading. I'm not sure whether that is the same bug or a different one.

description: updated
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Tom (tom6) wrote :

Errr i thought this always happened whatever media-player you used. I'm sure it happens this way in Windows lol <washes mouth out with soap>

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Matthew Paul Thomas (mpt) wrote :

No, it works fine in VLC for example.

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Tom (tom6) wrote :

Cool that it works in another linux player. If only the coding for it was easily portable to Totem. I still think i might be right about Windows players having the fault tho. Good luck and thanks for reply :

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Pedro Villavicencio (pedro) wrote :

this is still an issue, will send upstream thanks.

Changed in totem (Ubuntu):
assignee: nobody → Ubuntu Desktop Bugs (desktop-bugs)
importance: Undecided → Low
status: New → Confirmed
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Pedro Villavicencio (pedro) wrote :
Changed in totem (Ubuntu):
status: Confirmed → Triaged
Changed in totem:
status: Unknown → New
Changed in totem:
status: New → Unknown
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Pedro Villavicencio (pedro) wrote :

there's a new comment on the upstream bug tracker:

"If you use the latest GStreamer core, this should make it possible to seek
whilst the video is being downloaded, even when it's the browser doing the
streaming. Still nowhere near as good as using appsrc, but a nifty hack

commit 9c487aff7017df24aa2f8b22e69b9c599725e4f3
Author: Bastien Nocera <email address hidden>
Date: Fri Apr 9 14:56:30 2010 +0100

    Split setting up and opening browser streams

    Wait until we have the browser stream set up before opening stdin
    in the browser, which means we might have a chance to get the stream

    With recent GStreamer changes, this means that download buffering would
    work, and that we'd get download progress and seeking without needing
    to wait until the end of the download.

    Helps with"

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Launchpad Janitor (janitor) wrote :

This bug was fixed in the package totem - 2.30.0git20100413-0ubuntu1

totem (2.30.0git20100413-0ubuntu1) lucid; urgency=low

  * Updated to a git snapshot since 2.30.1 will be after the freeze for lucid:
    - Fix download buffering for non-fast start FLVs
    - Use GstTag library to translate subtitle languages
    - Fake QT user-agent for
    - Use giosrc natively when playing back from FTP
    - Fix position setting on session restore
    - Fix Eject menu item not being available for DVDs (lp: #387467)
    - Ensure the GDK windows we paint on are native ones
    - Split setting up and opening browser streams (lp: #289847)
    - Fixes plugin detection on the Apple trailers site.(lp: #431817)
    - Make seeking with the mouse behave the same as the main player
  * debian/
    - don't require iso-codes
  * debian/patches/02_lpi.patch,
    - new version update
  * debian/patches/91_git_youtube_regex.patch,
    - the changes are in the new version
 -- Sebastien Bacher <email address hidden> Wed, 14 Apr 2010 12:35:45 +0200

Changed in totem (Ubuntu):
status: Triaged → Fix Released
Changed in totem:
status: Unknown → Confirmed
Changed in totem:
importance: Unknown → Medium
Changed in totem:
status: Confirmed → Expired
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