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[SOLVED] VLC does not support the audio or video format “h.264″ on Ubuntu

I got the following error in VLC today while trying to play some media file:

VLC does not support the audio or video format “h.264″. Unfortunately there is no way for you to fix this.”

All other media files game same error with different codec names. I couldn’t play anything in VLC. To fix the problem I installed package called libva1.

sudo apt-get install libva1

Cheers!

[Solved] Subtitles not being displayed in VLC in Ubuntu

I had this problem where subtitles were not being shown in VLC. No matter what I did, it just wouldn’t display. I reinstalled VLC but still it had problems. So I removed all the vlc config files to reset the settings and fix the problem.

rm -rf ~/.config/vlc

That fixed it.

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[Solved] vlc: missing mandatory argument `–user-agent=”VLC media player”‘

Yesterday after upgrading the packages VLC refused to start giving out following error message:

VLC media player 1.1.1 The Luggage (revision exported)
vlc: unknown option or missing mandatory argument `--user-agent="VLC media player"'
Try `vlc --help' for more information.

To solve the error, just reinstall vlc:

sudo apt-get install vlc

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[HOWTO] Install VLC 1.1 via PPA on Ubuntu

VLC 1.1 which was released yesterday boasts lots of improvement and feature additions including:

  • GPU decoding on Windows Vista and 7, using DxVA2 for H.264, VC-1 and MPEG-2
  • GPU decoding on GNU/Linux, using VAAPI for H.264, VC-1 and MPEG-2
  • DSP decoding using OpenMax IL, for compatible embedded devices
  • Improved support for MKV HD, including seeking fixes, and 7.1 channels codecs
  • Support for new codecs, like Blu-Ray subtitles, MPEG-4 lossless and VP8
  • For complete list of new features and improvements visit http://www.videolan.org

    You can install VLC on your Ubuntu via PPA repository. Ofcourse, downloading from their site is an option but installing using repository is more convenient.

    Execute the following commands in terminal to install the latest VLC player:

    sudo add-apt-repository ppa:c-korn/vlc && sudo apt-get update
    sudo apt-get install vlc mozilla-plugin-vlc

    This will install the latest version of VLC on your computer.

    Cheers!

    [SOLVED] Media Playing issues in VLC in Ubuntu 10.10 Maverick Meerkat

    I had problems with playing media files in VLC in Maverick Meerkat. Other players (SMPlayer) seemed to work fine. VLC gave errors like:

    “No suitable decoder module: VLC does not support the audio or video format “XVID”. VLC Unfortunately there is no way for you to fix this.”

    And

    “No suitable decoder module: VLC does not support the audio or video format “H264”. VLC Unfortunately there is no way for you to fix this.”

    Found this solution written by my friend khattam but it didn’t solve my issue. It still gave errors.

    I solved the errors after removing libavutil-extra-49, libavutil-extra-50 and installing libavutil50, libavutil49.

    sudo apt-get install libavutil50 libavutil49

    This will automatically remove the libavutil-extra-49 and libavutil-extra-50 and install libavutil50 and libavutil49 over it. It solved the issue for me.

    Click here if this doesn’t solve your issue.

    Cheers!