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How to get Streaming and Codecs (Audio & Video) support in Opera 53?

  • Hey cybrsaylr, from what source are you getting the v67 from? I need one of those and the repos only have it for cosmic. Even the ppa http://ppa.launchpad.net/saiarcot895/chromium-beta/ubuntu/pool/main/c/chromium-browser/
    there is no v67.

  • I would like to know that as well. Packages. ubuntu .com states that anything made from chromium's sources is still on version 66 for ubuntu 16.04 and 18.04. However, its indexing may not be up to date.

  • @s390g2 & @jimunderscorep

    Just checked Synaptic Package Manager and it shows: chromium-codecs-ffmpeg-ex 67.0.3396.62-Oubunti0.16.04.1, installed.

    Just did the normal updates/upgrades though Ubuntu repos to get it. Did nothing special.

    Did notice that when using Opera VPN and using New Private Window, I have the most problems with videos not playing. When not using those two options some videos will play.

    Till this issue is fixed I use Vivaldi browser for backup which plays every video thrown at it.

  • The output of

    apt-cache policy chromium-codecs-ffmpeg-extra

    would be more useful because it will tell us where apt (and synaptic in turn being a frontend for apt) does get the package from.

  • @jimunderscorep

    Here's that output:

    a@a-Studio-XPS-8000:~$ apt-cache policy chromium-codecs-ffmpeg-extra
    chromium-codecs-ffmpeg-extra:
    Installed: 67.0.3396.62-0ubuntu0.16.04.1
    Candidate: 67.0.3396.62-0ubuntu0.16.04.1
    Version table:
    *** 67.0.3396.62-0ubuntu0.16.04.1 500
    500 http://ppa.launchpad.net/canonical-chromium-builds/stage/ubuntu xenial/main amd64 Packages
    100 /var/lib/dpkg/status
    66.0.3359.181-0ubuntu0.16.04.1 500
    500 http://mirror.clarkson.edu/ubuntu xenial-updates/universe amd64 Packages
    500 http://mirror.clarkson.edu/ubuntu xenial-security/universe amd64 Packages
    49.0.2623.108-0ubuntu1.1233 500
    500 http://mirror.clarkson.edu/ubuntu xenial/universe amd64 Packages

  • @cybrsaylr , Thanks!
    I now have the .deb. : )

  • As it seems, you are getting your chromium-related stuff from this ppa repo

    https://launchpad.net/~canonical-chromium-builds/+archive/ubuntu/stage

    which, as said in its description, is an unofficial repo for testing chromium related packages before they move to main repo. That's why you got chromium ffmpeg codecs v67 ahead of everyone else. Do you really need that repo? Do you get anything else from it, like chromium?

    If not, remove the repo completely, remove the chromium ffmpeg codecs extra package, update apt (sudo apt-get update) and reinstall it. That is the easiest and prefered method.

    If you do want to keep the repo but revert to the previous, working version of the package, you install it
    sudo apt-get install chromium-codecs-ffmpeg-extra=66.0.3359.181-0ubuntu0.16.04.1
    and tell apt to not upgrade the package by putting it on hold
    sudo apt-mark hold chromium-codecs-ffmpeg-extra
    And when there will be an upgrade to chromium + chromim stuff v67, tell apt to remove the hold with
    sudo apt-mark unhold chromium-codecs-ffmpeg-extra
    You will want to upgrade it to v67 once opera 54 is released.

  • @jimunderscorep said in How to get Streaming and Codecs (Audio & Video) support in Opera 53?:

    As it seems, you are getting your chromium-related stuff from this ppa repo

    https://launchpad.net/~canonical-chromium-builds/+archive/ubuntu/stage

    which, as said in its description, is an unofficial repo for testing chromium related packages before they move to main repo. That's why you got chromium ffmpeg codecs v67 ahead of everyone else. Do you really need that repo? Do you get anything else from it, like chromium?

    Don't recall when that ppa repo was added. It was quite awhile ago. Did notice that chromium browser upgrades more often than Opera. Running Chome Version 67.0.3396.87 (Official Build) (64-bit) right now.

    Did your; sudo apt-get install chromium-codecs-ffmpeg-extra=66.0.3359.181-0ubuntu0.16.04.1 and got vidoes back on Opera 53.0.2907.99.

    But did notice now on Opera 53.0.2907.99 when going to either a New Private Window, or using Opera VPN videos will not play on some sites, asking you to enable Flash! Turn off VPN or get out of New Private Window and videos play fine. Any idea why this happens?

  • If you also have chromium v67 installed from that repo, downgrading chromium ffmpeg codecs to v66 broke it.
    I suggest removing that repo from your sources and reinstalling chromium from the main ubuntu repo.

    No idea about the flash on vpn and private mode. However, flash does work as it should on private mode here. I do not use the vpn feature at all.

  • Just a notice.

    Opera was upgraded to v54 today (= chromium 67 based), however ubuntu still keeps its chromium at v66, along with chromium ffmpeg codecs. If anyone is on ubuntu or an ubuntu derivative, html5 support will be broken.

    2 odd things I noticed though. This has to be the first time opera was upgraded to a newer major version BEFORE the chromium package was updated to that major version. And that it has been a MONTH since chromium 67 was released and ubuntu is still on chromium 66.

  • Just updated to Opera stable 54.0.2952.46 today. Did this after Ubuntu 16.04 upgraded to chromium-codecs-ffmpeg-ex 67.0.3396.62 and all videos seem to play well on Opera v54.

    However one strange thing that remains is, on some sites videos will not play when using New Private Window. I get out of New Private Window and then those same videos now play fine. Go back into New Private Window and again those videos refuse to play, saying Flash needs to be enabled! Try to enable Flash but nothing happens. Any idea why this happens?