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The Videos Don't Play Topic

  • No video playback for me either - with or without extensions.
    Youtube, Whatsapp, Amazon product videos - the list goes on!

    This issue has been going on for quite some time now, which is a surprise. Because of this I am having to use different browsers; where video playback does work - but this is a shame as I prefer Opera 😞

    Version:69.0.3686.77
    Opera is up to date
    Update stream:Stable
    System:Linux Mint 20 (x86_64; X-Cinnamon)

  • It's all about the libffmpeg.so file, as far as I can tell.
    On my Ubuntu 20.04 LTS machine, I have Chrome, Chromium, Opera, and perhaps other browsers installed.

    Granted your version of Chromium may differ, and the location of library may differ too, but this generally fixed my opera's inability to play.

    $ sudo cp /usr/lib/x86_64-linux-gnu/opera/libffmpeg.so /usr/lib/x86_64-linux-gnu/opera/libffmpeg.so.original
    $ sudo cp /snap/chromium/1229/usr/lib/chromium-browser/libffmpeg.so /usr/lib/x86_64-linux-gnu/opera/libffmpeg.so.chromium.1229
    $ sudo cp /snap/chromium/1229/usr/lib/chromium-browser/libffmpeg.so /usr/lib/x86_64-linux-gnu/opera/libffmpeg.so

    Notice I purposefully created a backup copy to replace if things go horribly wrong. Also a good idea to not do this while Opera is open. 🙂

  • @PixCatholica Opera version 70.0.3728.59
    System:Linux Mint 20 (x86_64; X-Cinnamon)
    For me there is problem with HTML5 what was worked earlier.
    It is not clear for me whether there is issue with latest Mint update or latest Opera update because before I've got both these updates all worked just fine!
    Can't say for sure at what point this issue started since I am not using YT on daily basis.

  • Opera v 69
    Linux Mint 20 (Cinnamon)

    It annoys me to no end that my favorite browser doesn't work 100% on Linux Mint. I have issues with video playback on Twitter and Youtube Live. There are probably other video playbacks that don't work but I didn't to to those particular sites.
    The only thing that solved this problem for me was to enable snap, install snap store and then install Opera and chromium-ffmpeg-extra as snap apps. Basically, recreate the steps as in Ubuntu (I have Ubuntu on my other PC and everything works fine there).
    Enabling snap was the only thing that worked. I tried installing chromium-ffmpeg-extra via terminal, deleting libffmpeg.so, then linking it to another file, I tried Opera 70 (beta), I installed Ubuntu restricted extras....no luck. Only snap helped.

    I am really disappointed that one of the best, if not the best browser out there, trips over on such minuscule things. I've seen on the forums that it's some sort of a legal issue? Solve it, handle it! I don't see Firefox having a legal issue.
    These things must work out of the box I you want people to spread the word of Opera as the best browser out there.

  • @PixCatholica, I did some research and replaced libffmpeg.so with the one I downloaded from https://packages.ubuntu.com/xenial-updates/amd64/chromium-codecs-ffmpeg-extra/download
    Download the package, find libffmpeg.so in it and extract it.
    Open /usr/lib/x86_64-linux-gnu (this path may vary) click with right mouse button on "opera" folder and "Open as Root". Replace the libffmpeg.so with the new file.
    Now you can play videos.

  • how do you fix this in linux mint

  • @truden, brilliant idea and the only one that worked for me on Ubuntu 20.04. It seems the chromium-codecs-ffmpeg-extra package that ships with this distro is empty (as of this writing).
    Great job!

  • The solution @truden provides works like a charm on my system.
    Thanks!

  • I've been happily running Lubuntu on several machines - installed Opera and ran it just fine on those - including YouTube videos.

    Hubby installed a fresh copy of Xubuntu on a laptop plus Opera and nope, it will not play YouTube videos.

    "Your browser does not currently recognize any of the video formats available."

    I've added the YouTube Flash & HTML5 extension and restarted the machine, but it still won't work. I even turned off the VPN and made sure YouTube thinks I'm where I am... But still the same error.

    Hubby doesn't like Opera, so won't put any effort into fixing my problem. Can anyone help?