[CentOS] totem fails to open .wmv file

Mark LaPierre marklapier at aol.com
Mon Jan 21 21:52:01 UTC 2013

>> Hey All,
>> Totem has stopped playing .wmv files recently.  I don't know exactly
>> when this happened, but I know I've played .wmv files not too very long
>> ago.  I've got 372 .wmv files all of which I've played at one time.
>> When I try to launch any one of the .wmv files from file manager totem
>> pops up but the controls are not functional.
>> If I start totem from a terminal there is no feedback:
>> [mlapier at mushroom Media]$ totem myfile.wmv
>> When I try to open a .wmv file using Movie/Open the controls are not
>> functional.
>> [mlapier at mushroom Media]$ cd /usr/bin/
>> [mlapier at mushroom bin]$ ls | grep gst-
>> gst-feedback
>> gst-feedback-0.10
>> gst-inspect
>> gst-inspect-0.10
>> gst-launch
>> gst-launch-0.10
>> gst-typefind
>> gst-typefind-0.10
>> gst-xmlinspect
>> gst-xmlinspect-0.10
>> gst-xmllaunch
>> gst-xmllaunch-0.10
>> [mlapier at mushroom bin]$ rpm -qa | grep ^gst
>> gstreamer-ffmpeg-0.10.11-2.el6.i686
>> gstreamer-plugins-base-0.10.29-1.el6.i686
>> gstreamer-0.10.29-1.el6.i686
>> gstreamer-plugins-bad-free-0.10.19-2.el6.i686
>> gstreamer-plugins-good-0.10.23-1.el6.i686
>> gstreamer-tools-0.10.29-1.el6.i686
>> gstreamer-plugins-ugly-0.10.18-4.el6.i686
>> gstreamer-python-0.10.16-1.1.el6.i686
>> [mlapier at mushroom bin]$ gst-inspect-0.10 WishingWell.wmv
>> (gst-inspect-0.10:23840): GStreamer-WARNING **: Failed to load plugin
>> 'WishingWell.wmv': WishingWell.wmv: cannot open shared object file: No
>> such file or directory
>> Could not load plugin file: Opening module failed: WishingWell.wmv:
>> cannot open shared object file: No such file or directory
>> [mlapier at mushroom Media]$
>> [mlapier at mushroom Media]$ gst-launch-0.10 WishingWell.wmv
>> ERROR: pipeline could not be constructed: Unrecoverable syntax error
>> while parsing pipeline WishingWell.wmv .
>> [mlapier at mushroom Media]$
>> [mlapier at mushroom Media]$ gst-typefind-0.10 WishingWell.wmv
>> WishingWell.wmv - video/x-ms-asf
>> [mlapier at mushroom Media]$
>> Do you need to see the output of gst-feedback-0.10?  It's quite lengthy.
> On 01/21/2013 04:00 PM, Marcin Lage wrote:
> You could try - $ mplayer -vc ffwmv3 sound_video.wmv

Thank you for your help Marcin.

I copied your reply to the bottom.  Please do not top post on this list.

1. Yes, mplayer can play some, but not all, .wmv files on my system as 
long as I don't need to hear any sound.

B. That does not solve my problem with totem/gstreamer refusing to play 
said files.

    ^ ^  Mark LaPierre
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