[vlc] Problems (Sound, Transcoding, Codecs, Logs) On Ubuntu Intrepid (8.10)
hal at thresholddigital.com
Thu Jan 1 18:32:03 CET 2009
On my previous workstation, I was using VLC on Ubuntu Hardy and was able
to transcode video show on my HD camcorder with no problem. With a new
computer, I installed Ubuntu Intrepid, with KDE 4.0 and am using VLC on
there (version 4.3.2). I'm having several significant problems with
1) No logging. I tried to set the log to ~/tmp/vlc-log.txt and nothing
is logged to that file. As a matter of fact, even when I forced errors
by loading a bad file, this log file wasn't even created. I finally
looked in my home directory and found ~/.vlc/vlcrc and in that config
file all the log settings were commented out, so I uncommented them to
set up a log file, with no success. I get the error messages from VLC,
but there is no log to check for more details.
2) When I play a .mts file from my HD camcorder, there is no sound. I
get sound with .wav files and with some .mpg files (possibly with all
that have them, but I've gone through so many files at this point, I may
have mis-remembered on this point). No error messages, either.
3) When I play the .mts files, I have to select, each time, to discard
interlacing. Can't I set this somewhere? There doesn't seem to be a
place in the preferences where I can do this.
4) I've tried saving my preferences, but sometimes that locks the
program. It'll keep playing a video, but the UI doesn't respond and I
have to kill it and restart it.
5) I've tried transcoding my .mts files to a format more programs
understand, but I can't transcode to MP4. I get errors that the codec
or encoder is not there. I've installed all the packages that should be
connected with VLC and codes, but I still get reports that the MP4 video
and AAC audio codec or encoders are not there (I figure this might be
part of the sound issues as well). The error messages tell me to check
the log for more details, but there's no log file.
I'd really like to get the log working and I'm guessing that if the
codec issues were fixed, the other problems (like sound) would be as
well, though I may still have to keep specifying to discard interlacing.
I tried to search the forums, but was given messages that the search
function wasn't working. I tried to register, but the confirmation code
image didn't show up in Konqueror or Firefox when I tried and the
subscribe page on the VLC site didn't work -- I had to go through
mailman, and still had trouble in subscribing. (Thought I needed to
mention this as a heads-up to VLC people -- when I tried to send an
email to the forum admin, I got a bounce that it's waiting for moderator
Thanks for any help with this. I have some videos that friends of mine
have asked to see, but I can't do anything with them until I can convert
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