Tuesday, May 19, 2009

Mer plays videos with MediaBox

Another milestone has been reached in the Mer project on its way to eventually replace Maemo on the N8x0 devices. It will be possible to play videos with Mer 0.13. The current SVN version of MediaBox supports Mer and uses the libxine backend for video playback.

After installing libxine and MediaBox SVN version on Mer, you will need to install the D-Bus-Xine service. D-Bus-Xine is a simple D-Bus service for embedding libxine in applications. It was originally written for enabling DVD playback
with MediaBox on PCs.

A version compiled for Mer-ARMEL can be found here. If you want to compile D-Bus-Xine yourself, you can also download its source code.

I haven't built deb packages for D-Bus-Xine yet, so you'll have to manually extract the tarball in the root directory (/) on Mer.

After having started MediaBox, you should enter its preferences view
and set the media backends to Xine for all filetypes that you want to be able play.
However, there is no sound support yet in Mer 0.13, so don't expect too much.

EDIT: see the comments for how to get sound


Tukkajumala said...

You can use "apt-get install tablet-sound" for the sound-support on n8x0 devices. :)

Tukkajumala said...

Finally! I will test as soon as i can! Thanks.

Martin Grimme said...

Thanks for the tip with tablet-sound. I'll try it out.

slashdotaccount said...

Um, why don't you just join Debian?

Martin Grimme said...

@slashdotaccount: what do you mean?

Tukkajumala said...

I haven't been able to get videos to work :( . I have mediabox from SVN, libxine1, libxine1-ffmpeg (and i have tested both your buil and my own dbus-xine build) is there something else needed? Mediabox just won't start the video...

Martin Grimme said...

You have to configure MediaBox to use the Xine backend for playing media. This can either be done by going to the preferences view, media types, and selecting Xine for the file types. Another way, if this doesn't work, is by copying /usr/lib/mediabox/mediaplayer/players.mapping to ~/.mediabox/ and replacing the "oms" and "mplayer" entries with "xine".
Better Mer support where this works out of the box is being worked on.

Tukkajumala said...

Yeah, i did that too. But the problem was in my blowed Mer image. I installed just released 0.13 and it works! Thanks for helping! I uploaded MediBox, dbus-xine and others to Mer community applications builder, https://build.opensuse.org/project/show?project=Maemo%3AMer%3AExtras%3ADevel

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