I have had parole installed for some time on my arch linux (3.12.7-2-ARCH) machine with xfce 4.10 and have tried it on a few occasions without success. Now, I need to review a video from DVD and parole won't cooperate.
Here's the (mis)behavior: I navigate through Thunar to the directory I want, right-click on VIDEO_TS.VOB, and select 'Open With "Parole Media Player".' parole opens and immediately displays a dialog reading 'GStreamer backend error. Could not initialize supporting library.' Results are the same when opening parole manually and attempting to launch a video through the menuing system with Media > Open. The parole wallpaper -- if that's the right term -- is a grayed-out TV test pattern color bar layout. The same thing happens by both methods when trying to play a .mp3 file.
The file content of the DVD (actually, now copied to my hard drive) is:
-r-------- 1 me me 12288 Jan 18 15:02 VIDEO_TS.BUP
-r-------- 1 me me 12288 Jan 18 15:02 VIDEO_TS.IFO
-r-------- 1 me me 79872 Jan 18 15:02 VIDEO_TS.VOB
-r-------- 1 me me 135168 Jan 18 15:01 VTS_01_0.BUP
-r-------- 1 me me 135168 Jan 18 15:01 VTS_01_0.IFO
-r-------- 1 me me 1065353216 Jan 18 10:12 VTS_01_1.VOB
-r-------- 1 me me 1065353216 Jan 18 10:12 VTS_01_2.VOB
-r-------- 1 me me 721649664 Jan 18 10:12 VTS_01_3.VOB
I've tried to load all the necessary support packages for parole. Here are details gleaned from pacman -Q:
I obviously have some fundamental problem, but I'm baffled at finding a resolution. Do the above gst and gstreamer plugins conflict? Do I have the proper parole version? (pacman -Syu hasn't updated it, but http://docs.xfce.org/apps/parole/start says its manual applies to 0.6 and the menu on its screenshots differ from mine.) Am I crazy? (Wait, don't answer that.)
I'm happy to provide whatever additional configuration information might be helpful and would greatly appreciate your guidance in getting parole on track. Many thanks.
I don't have a DVD device on this laptop (or a VOB handy) to test, but mp3s work fine. I'm also using Arch with 4.10. Here are my installed gstreamer packages:
[toz@arch ~]$ pacman -Ql | cut -d' ' -f1 | uniq | grep ^gst gst-libav gst-plugins-bad gst-plugins-base gst-plugins-base-libs gst-plugins-good gst-plugins-ugly gstreamer gstreamer0.10 gstreamer0.10-bad gstreamer0.10-bad-plugins gstreamer0.10-base gstreamer0.10-base-plugins gstreamer0.10-ffmpeg gstreamer0.10-good gstreamer0.10-good-plugins gstreamer0.10-python gstreamer0.10-ugly gstreamer0.10-ugly-plugins
...seems that I also have gst-libav and gst-base installed but don't have phono-gstreamer installed.
[toz@arch ~]$ pacman -Qi parole Name : parole Version : 0.5.4-1
Will try to get my hands on a VOB later and test it.
EDIT: Found a VOB and it played fine.
Last edited by ToZ (2014-01-20 16:00:03)
BINGO!! After installing gst-libav and gst-plugins-base, parole now plays both .vob and .mp3 files. MANY thanks.