Tuesday, June 21, 2011

Only black frames when playing videos in Ubuntu

Sometimes Ubuntu doesn't choose the right software components for your system. In my case this lead to black frames in every movie, no matter which player I tried.

As you can see in the screenshot, thumbnails display just fine, but playing the video doesn't work at all.

All you need to do to fix it is starting gstreamer-properties and changing the plugin for "Default Output" to "X Window System (No Xv)".



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