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Opera 31 broke the compatiblity with ffmpeg in Ubuntu 14.04

  • you will have to change that symlink when Opera Stable 32 releases to and with every new version.


    Create a new file


    DPkg::Post-Invoke {"/bin/bash /path/to/"; };
  • @beduine:

    Can't you install google chrome then, and use it's H.264 codec?

    When you've installed chrome, I think the installation should be here: /opt/google/chrome

  • @matthieu1985

    I've found much simpler workaround than that guide which by the way is totally innacurate because there is no third_party/ffmpeg directory in chromium source code. At least not in Chrome/44.0.2403.107 (Opera Stable) and Chrome/45.0.2450.0 (Opera Developer) even master branch doesn't have that directory.

    Yes there is:

    The way you've outlined, copying Chrome's binary library, is indeed the solution we hope to arrive at. But notice that 1) it's very likely to break across versions, as Google makes changes to their ffmpeg version (this is why the .31, .32 is added: the libraries are not expected to be completely compatible with each other, using the wrong version you can easily end up with a crashing Opera - the only guaranteed way is to use the version of ffmpeg as shipped with the matching Chrome/Opera version) and 2) it's scheduled to disappear, as Chrome has now switched to statically linking ffmpeg (so future versions of Chrome will not feature a separate library at all).

    you have to follow avl's guide ( in order to get H.264 support

    Credit where credit is due, this guide was made by Lukasz Jagielski, not by me.

    As I've explained elsewhere, Opera can't redistribute this version of ffmpeg ourselves due to licensing issues. However, if someone were to create a PPA containing a package created using the guide above, no one would stop you 🙂

  • @avl:

    Can't you use the implementation of ffmpeg that Firefox use? (OpenH264)

  • @avl:
    Can't you use the implementation of ffmpeg that Firefox use? (OpenH264)

    We could use it as an alternative H264 decoder, but notice that OpenH264 is definitely not an implementation of ffmpeg :).

    It's a completely different library, and maintaining a video pipeline that uses it would be lots of work (look up how long it took Firefox to integrate it; in terms of Opera, it would be similar to the work needed on Windows and Mac to integrate with their system libraries). In addition, it doesn't solve our problems: although it's able to decode some H264 videos, it doesn't play all profiles, and it doesn't decode any audio, so for most videos you'd still be out of luck. It would be less work (and more rewarding) to try and use the system ffmpeg again.

  • Okay.

    (Excuse me, implementation was not the right term. It's perhaps more of a variant.)

  • I have the same problem in my Antergos (Arch-based).

    I hope for a definitive solution soon.

  • Trying to make Firefox run 1080p 60fps videos on Linux (since MSE is not full implemented in Firefox, it can't reproduce 1080p 60fps videos with VP9, this happens on Windows too), I discover that Firefox uses some libs (libav) that are installed with VLC to play 1080p 60fps videos with MP4 codec. So Opera could do the same? @avl

  • @sidneyneto

    Firefox uses gstreamer (may be libav over gstreamer)
    And libav is fork of ffmpeg.
    So there's no reason for this ...

  • @avl

    As a lark I tried it with the Opera beta build and can confirm that it worked. Rather nifty. Thanks for the fix.



    • Instructions on how to fix H.264 support.

    Instructions on how to fix H.264 support.

    I like that, thanks. I've added it to my bookmarks because I'm pretty forgetful. It works with the beta and dev versions just fine AFAIK. I used a marginally different process but it worked well enough. I've lately been poking at Lubuntu and have been pretty happy so I think I'll stick to this distro for a little while though I'll surely move on to another one soon enough.

  • The newest release of Opera beta 33.0.1990.35 is now able to detect whether the chromium-codecs-ffmpeg-extra package is installed. When it is installed Opera can use it to provide support for some proprietary codecs for media elements, including H264 and MP3.

    As per blog post the package must be up-to-date (45.0.2454.x and newer). Looking at Ubuntu repos it seems that all currently supported releases have that package up-to-date.