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Flash videos not playing on latest stable Opera (51.0.2830.40)

  • Any web site that requires flash (AccuRadio, BBC World News, etc.) has an issue with latest Opera. I am using MX Linux 17. I tried the same version of Opera on Windows 10 and it works fine. I used other browsers on linux like Chrome and Firefox and they play flash videos fine. Flash player is installed on my linux system.

    Any suggestions?

    PS
    The same issue with Opera 50.

  • Chrome now has Flash built-in, and the Flash used by Firefox is not usable by Opera, so you might not have a usable version of Flash. What is the name of the actual Flash package you have installed?

  • @sgunhouse said in Flash videos not playing on latest stable Opera (51.0.2830.40):

    Chrome now has Flash built-in, and the Flash used by Firefox is not usable by Opera, so you might not have a usable version of Flash. What is the name of the actual Flash package you have installed?

    $ apt list --installed | grep flash

    WARNING: apt does not have a stable CLI interface. Use with caution in scripts.

    adobe-flash-properties-gtk/stretch,mx,now 1:20180206.1-1mx17+1 amd64 [installed]
    adobe-flashplugin/stretch,mx,now 1:20180206.1-1mx17+1 amd64 [installed]

  • adobe-flash is generally the right one - it usually installs both plugins for Firefox and Chromium. Okay, Settings in Opera - which option for Flash is selected.

  • Ignoring what accuradio says about flash not being installed, I think its because they all use html5 to play their video/audio and opera's built libffmpeg fails to play them. BBC's site uses html5 for its videos and I am 110% sure about it.

    So, please take a moment to read some other thread about opera's poor html5 support and what you can do to make it better, because I do not want to write the same things over and over again.

    Finally, if mx linux is debian based as distrowatch says, there is nothing you can do to improve opera because debian does not build chromium ffmpeg codecs, so you'd better use another browser for these sites.

  • @jimunderscorep said in Flash videos not playing on latest stable Opera (51.0.2830.40):

    Ignoring what accuradio says about flash not being installed, I think its because they all use html5 to play their video/audio and opera's built libffmpeg fails to play them. BBC's site uses html5 for its videos and I am 110% sure about it.

    So, please take a moment to read some other thread about opera's poor html5 support and what you can do to make it better, because I do not want to write the same things over and over again.

    Finally, if mx linux is debian based as distrowatch says, there is nothing you can do to improve opera because debian does not build chromium ffmpeg codecs, so you'd better use another browser for these sites.

    Thanks for your help. MX is indeed based on debian. If I don't use MX's debian package but instead install the deb package from Opera website will that make a difference? Or is it the same package anyway?

  • @jimunderscorep said in Flash videos not playing on latest stable Opera (51.0.2830.40):

    Please take a second to read the q&a thing I wrote here and you will understand
    https://forums.opera.com/topic/25129/opera-beta-51-0-2830-23-linux-debian-x64-problem-with-display-films-into-faceboobk-tweeter-etc-adobe-flash-player/3

    Ah... finally, that makes sense. Thank you.

  • @jimunderscorep I got it to work but in an unorthodox way. A package containing the missing codecs can be found at link text. It's an rpm package that contains only one file, libffmpeg.so. On my system I had to copy it to /usr/lib/x86_64-linux-gnu/opera/

    I don't know what the result would be in case the shared object and the rest of Opera are build with different versions of GCC or different compilers altogether.

  • As I said in the other thread, it is the case of "a package built for a different distro, with totally different libs and compilers", so I advise against that solution too.
    Good find though 🙂

  • Here we go again!

    Opera was playing most videos fine yesterday.

    Updated today to Opera 51.0.2830.55, Stable Ubuntu 16.04.4 LTS (x86_64; Unity) and most videos do not play anymore!

  • @cybrsaylr said in Flash videos not playing on latest stable Opera (51.0.2830.40):

    Here we go again!

    Opera was playing most videos fine yesterday.

    Updated today to Opera 51.0.2830.55, Stable Ubuntu 16.04.4 LTS (x86_64; Unity) and most videos do not play anymore!

    I think you have guessed the why by now. If not, please read my post here.
    https://forums.opera.com/topic/25129/opera-beta-51-0-2830-23-linux-debian-x64-problem-with-display-films-into-faceboobk-tweeter-etc-adobe-flash-player/5

    Chromium was updated to 65 the day before yesterday, from upstream, so the distros also upgtaded it and chromium codecs and now they are incompatible again with opera stable.

  • Also have Opera Dev 53.0 and discovered most but not all videos play on Opera Developer 53.0.2885.0 version.

    Wish Opera 51.0.2830.55, Stable would update so videos can play again.

  • Of course they would not play. Chromium codecs got upgraded to a version that is incompatible with opera stable of today (march 15th 2018),
    My question is why do you all jump from opera stable to opera developer in order to check things?

  • @jimunderscorep

    Awhile back I got both opera developer and opera Stable because someone here said developer ran better. Just wanted to see the difference between the two. So now when upgrades are sent both opera versions get upgraded.

    I've always been curious about other browsers and how they perform. Also have Firefox, Chromium, Tor and Vivaldi but Opera always was my fav. Vivaldi was a nice surprise and plays so far any video thrown at it.

  • What distro are you on? If you are on something ubuntu based, what version of chromium codecs and vivaldi do you have installed?
    As I said on a previous message, vivaldi's crappy toolkit (electron) is a dealbreaker for me and I will give it a change once they decide to move to a better one like gtk or qt.

  • Have Ubuntu 16.04.4 LTS (x86_64; Unity)

    Have Chrome Version 65 with codecs-ffmpeg-ex 65.0.3325. 146-Oubuntu0. 16.04.1 (Official Build) (64-bit), and Chrome is hardly ever used.
    Have Vivaldi1.14.1077.55 (Stable channel) (64-bit) which is pretty snappy. Don't know anything about its toolkit but it seems to run fine and plays all videos thrown at it.

  • That's odd... Vivaldi 1.14 is based on chromium 64, so html stuff should not work properly there too. Unless they now provide a better libffmpeg with it. I'll check it later on.

  • Running 52.0.2871.40 - Opera is up to date and after updates was pleased to find most videos play fine now!

    Did discover though when Opera VPN is enabled some sites don't play videos giving a message 'Flash needs to be enabled.' Then just like before you can't enable Flash even though you have it. Turn off Opera VPN and those videos play again well. Anyone know why this happens? Do some sites block videos from running if Opera VPN is detected running?

  • Hi all🙂 ,
    I run fedora 26 on xfce environment. Opera needs a special flash. I installed this: "# dnf install flash-player-ppapi", now I can watch videos and more images. I hope to be useful for you.
    Sorry for my English.
    Have a nice trip...
    pll

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