[packagers] vlc fails to read mpeg4 network stream

Danny Smit danny.smit.0 at gmail.com
Mon Oct 13 09:12:01 CEST 2014

One addition to this problem:

I needed to apply this patch in order to make the compilation of vlc
succeed: https://launchpadlibrarian.net/85222367/vlc-firefox-npapi-mime.patch
So it seems there is a difference in the versions of the libraries
against which I compiled vlc and against which the original vlc is

Possibly there was an issue in one of the libraries against which vlc
is compiled, which is resolved in the latest version of that library?

On Mon, Oct 13, 2014 at 8:42 AM, Danny Smit <danny.smit.0 at gmail.com> wrote:
> Dear all,
> I'm experiencing problems with VLC while playing MPEG4 network
> streams. VLC seems to be unable to open the stream. The stream is
> opened using an SDP file from a video encoder, as it is published
> using SAP announcements. However VLC gives the following errors when
> trying to read the stream:
> [0x7fb128c01e40] live555 demux error: Nothing to play for
> rtsp:///tmp/stream_system_8_cam_81_live.sdp
> [0x7fb128c01e40] ps demux error: cannot peek
> [0x7fb128c01e40] mjpeg demux error: cannot peek
> [0x7fb128c01e40] mpgv demux error: cannot peek
> [0x7fb128c01e40] ps demux error: cannot peek
> [0x7fb134000c90] main input error: no suitable demux module for
> `file/:///tmp/stream_system_8_cam_81_live.sdp'
> This applies to vlc-1.1.13-1.el6.rf.x86_64 currently present in the
> repoforge repositories.
> Long store short, I couldn't find the cause and in the end I
> recompiled vlc from the source rpm in the repoforge repositories (the
> exact same version). For some reason after recompiling vlc, it plays
> the stream perfectly.
> Firstly, what worries me is that I cannot explain why the recompiled
> version does work out of the box, while the original version did not.
> Secondly, it could be useful for other if the problem would be solved
> in the repository as well.
> How can I help to improve the vlc version in the repositories?
> Regards,
> Danny

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