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AV codecs for Solaris

March 8, 2009

One of the big complaints about using OpenSolaris and Solaris is multi media support. The lack of codecs to allow you to play “common” if not “open” formats is irritatings.

I’ve been using the Fluendo mp3 codecs for a while as they have a compelling price point, being free. Fluendo also have a bundle of other codecs that they supply for OpenSolaris containing codecs for a number of other popular formats. I decided the €28 was would be worth it and have now installed the codecs on my home server. I now have gstreamer support for:

: pearson FSS 1 $; gst-inspect | grep -i flue fluasf:  flurtspwms: Fluendo WMS RTSP Extension fluasf:  fluasfcmdparse: Fluendo ASF Command Parser fluasf:  fluasfdemux: Fluendo ASF Demuxer fluwmvdec:  fluwmvdec: Fluendo WMV Decoder fluaacdec:  fluaacdec: Fluendo AAC Decoder flumms:  flummssrc: Fluendo MMS source fludivx3dec:  fludivx3dec: Fluendo DivX 3.11 Decoder flulpcm:  flulpcmdec: Fluendo LPCM decoder fluwma:  fluwmsdec: Fluendo WMS Decoder fluwma:  fluwmadec: Fluendo WMA Decoder (STD + PRO + LSL + WMS) fluh264dec:  fluh264dec: Fluendo H264 Decoder flumpeg4vdec:  flumpeg4vdec: Fluendo MPEG-4 ASP Video Decoder flumpeg2vdec:  flumpeg2vdec: Fluendo MPEG-2 Video Decoder flump3dec:  flump3dec: Fluendo MP3 Decoder (C build) : pearson FSS 2 $;  

Alas on the Sun Rays the video performance is still less than great but on the console it is faultless and I am seeing the Totem is not quite as useless as I had previously thought.

It would be really cool if you could get OpenSolaris codecs via IPS repository.

The next thing I want is to be able to edit video.

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8 Comments
  1. Also looking forward to Fluendo’s DVD Player…although concerned about how we are going to get blu-ray support on OpenSolaris 😐

  2. Robert J permalink

    Yeah, that is one of the sticking points about the Solaris platform: codecs! The ability to play media other than the common flash or YouTube. I would set it up to replace Mandriva as the TV computer/NFS MonkeyBoy Boy!

  3. Robert J permalink

    Yeah, that is one of the sticking points about the Solaris platform: codecs! The ability to play media other than the common flash or YouTube. I would set it up to replace Mandriva as the
    TV PVR/NFS Box!

  4. Hi Chris,
    Are you using Sun Ray Server 4.1 with Xnewt? If so, and gstream uses Xvideo extensions (I believe it does) you should have pretty good performance. Like http://tinyurl.com/6mdryp

  5. Anonymous permalink

    Solaris has just as much "ability" as Linux to play other codecs, of course… Sun just takes a conservative attitude to the legalities. Some Linux distros (Red Hat) do the same; others take a more relaxed approach.

  6. @ ThinGuy
    Thanks for that. Yes I am using 4.1.
    You forced me to check out the performance on one of my Sun Ray 2s rather than the 1G I had used (dumb I know but the Sun Ray 1G was free at the time). The performance is not bad. Not bad at all. Good enough to watch a lecture. Watching this one: http://media.richarddawkins.net/video/2009/RD-OK-Intro-web.mov while running utbwlist I get:
    : pearson FSS 5 $; /usr/local/bin/utbw
    OpenPlatform.40906145731627151f07
    lost 2146/01% pkts 194579 cpu 13% kbytes 261411 4.860 Mbps 1.0(1.0) ms
    lost 140/00% pkts 60166 cpu 79% kbytes 80305 31.369 Mbps 1.0(1.0) ms
    lost 316/00% pkts 59144 cpu 83% kbytes 82863 32.369 Mbps 1.0(1.0) ms
    lost 321/00% pkts 58970 cpu 84% kbytes 82712 32.310 Mbps 0.9(1.0) ms
    lost 444/00% pkts 59515 cpu 81% kbytes 83282 32.532 Mbps 1.2(1.1) ms
    lost 333/00% pkts 58385 cpu 82% kbytes 81874 31.982 Mbps 0.9(1.0) ms
    lost 52/00% pkts 58581 cpu 78% kbytes 80022 31.259 Mbps 0.9(0.9) ms
    lost 133/00% pkts 59007 cpu 80% kbytes 83036 32.436 Mbps 7.0(4.0) ms
    lost 89/00% pkts 58921 cpu 83% kbytes 82949 32.402 Mbps 7.2(5.6) ms
    lost 0/00% pkts 58801 cpu 81% kbytes 82205 32.111 Mbps 0.9(3.3) ms
    lost 9/00% pkts 58957 cpu 82% kbytes 83098 32.461 Mbps 1.6(2.4) ms
    lost 1247/02% pkts 56687 cpu 76% kbytes 76530 29.895 Mbps 0.9(1.7) ms
    lost 146/00% pkts 53781 cpu 73% kbytes 73865 28.854 Mbps 1.9(1.8) ms
    lost 143/00% pkts 55973 cpu 74% kbytes 74106 28.948 Mbps 1.6(1.7) ms
    lost 10/00% pkts 7489 cpu 6% kbytes 8356 3.264 Mbps 2.5(2.1) ms
    lost 0/00% pkts 44940 cpu 60% kbytes 62794 24.529 Mbps 0.9(1.5) ms
    lost 197/00% pkts 51196 cpu 70% kbytes 68871 26.903 Mbps 0.9(1.2) ms
    and the viewing was not bad at all. I don’t think that it will stop the complaints from the children that they can’t watch DVD’s on the Sun Rays though.
    When do we get accelerated flash?

  7. "It would be really cool if you could get OpenSolaris codecs via IPS repository."
    You can always create torrent …

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