Mp4 support



  • Installed the RPM on openSUSE 13.2 (32 bit) and Leap 42.1 (64 bit). Vivaldi was automatically added to the list of repositories and updates flawlessly whenever a new version is available. By default [b]Vivaldi does not support [/b] mp4 on my system while [b]Chromium does[/b]. For getting support I need to issue the following command manually whenever an update occurs, which is an annoyance: [code]ln -sf /usr/lib/chromium/lib/libffmpeg.so /opt/vivaldi/lib/libffmpeg.so[/code] Will Vivaldi add a fully functional version of libffmpeg.so to their browser? Or is there a workaround for using an already installed functional version instead of Vivaldi's crippled one?


  • Moderator

    Chrome has builtin codecs.
    Vivaldi uses a special libffmpeg because of licence issues.
    See https://gist.github.com/ruario/bec42d156d30affef655

    You need a libffmpeg which is compield for Vivaldi 1.1 (Chrome/50.0.2661.94)
    Extract from http://repo.herecura.eu/herecura/i686/vivaldi-1.1.453.52-1-i686.pkg.tar.xz the libffmpeg.so.



  • @Gwen-Dragon:

    Chrome has builtin codecs.
    Vivaldi uses a special libffmpeg because of licence issues.
    See https://gist.github.com/ruario/bec42d156d30affef655

    Many thanks for the fast response. Sorry, as I mentioned in the starting post I am using CHROMIUM and not CHROME. Chromium is open source and it does not have licensing issues. openSUSE provides two different packages, one containing Chromium and the other containing the fully functional libffmpeg. Why does Vivaldi not consider to offer a similar solution?

    You need a libffmpeg which is compield for Vivaldi 1.1 (Chrome/50.0.2661.94)
    Extract from http://repo.herecura.eu/herecura/i686/vivaldi-1.1.453.52-1-i686.pkg.tar.xz the libffmpeg.so.

    I have that library already on my system. What I am aiming at is a solution which does not require to manually patch Vivaldi. I am happy with Chromium and its fully automatic handling of the libffmpeg issue in openSUSE.

    I am considering a switch to Vivaldi because of its superior frontend. But the need for manually patching the backend is definitely a big drawback. I think you might reconsider your position with regard to licensing issues. There are no such issues for Chromium. Why should there be some issues for Vivaldi? You can also use the approach chosen by openSUSE.


  • Moderator

    You cant compare Chromium to Vivaldi, Chromium is OpenSource, Vivaldi is not.
    Vivaldi comes with OpenSource free codecs like WebM and Ogg Audio and Video. For codecs with licence fee lime MPEG3 and 4 it has to use the system installed ones.
    Vivaldi uses chromium-codecs-ffmpeg-extra or a extra libffmpeg.so. if that does not work, the ffmpeg-extra version for Chromium has not the same Chrome version as Vivaldi.

    It is the decision of the Vivaldi Technologies owners and Vivaldi developers to act like this.


  • Vivaldi Team

    thanks for the info, we weren't aware that OpenSuSE has a package similar to Ubuntu's chromium-codecs-ffmpeg-extra



  • Thanks for addressing this issue. openSUSE has split Chromium into 2 packages:

    • chromium without ffmpeg support

    • ffmpeg library with partial video support

    Packman offers a ffmpeg library with full support. Users may select between the two versions once and will never need to patch the browser manually when it gets updated.


  • Moderator

    @karlmistelberger:

    Thanks for addressing this issue. openSUSE has split Chromium into 2 packages:

    • chromium without ffmpeg support
    • ffmpeg library with partial video support

    Packman offers a ffmpeg library with full support. Users may select between the two versions once and will never need to patch the browser manually when it gets updated.

    Please tell us t he name of the package and give us the repo for this package to install with Yast or zypper.
    This may help others later and some of us Non-SuSE Linux helpers can tell more to the questioners.



  • You are welcome. The name of the package is chromium-ffmpeg. The high availability mirror of my choice is ftp.fau.de You may start reading at http://ftp.fau.de or skip to http://ftp.fau.de/packman/suse/


  • Moderator

    Allmächd na, Thanks.
    I only knew the franconian Erlangen Uni server as source for my Perl CPAN.

    Kind Greetings from Upper Franconia :)


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