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Swfdec-mozilla Flash plugin

December 31, 2009 — BarryK
I have uploaded liboil 0.3.16, libsoup 2.28.2, libgpg-error 1.7, libgcrypt 1.4.5, gnutls 2.8.5, swfdec 0.6.8 (patched) and swfdec-mozilla 0.6.0 sources:

To compile the Swfdec player with least dependencies, build as follows:

liboil 0.3.16
# ./configure --prefix=/usr --sysconfdir=/etc --localstatedir=/var --build=i486-t2-linux-gnu
# make
# new2dir make install

disable ssl, compile static lib only...
# ./configure --prefix=/usr --sysconfdir=/etc --localstatedir=/var --build=i486-t2-linux-gnu --enable-debug=no --disable-shared --enable-static --without-gnome --disable-ssl
# make
# new2dir make install

swfdec 0.6.8-patched
# ./configure --prefix=/usr --sysconfdir=/etc --localstatedir=/var --build=i486-t2-linux-gnu --with-audio=alsa --disable-gstreamer --enable-ffmpeg --disable-static --enable-mad
# make
# new2dir make install

swfdec-mozilla 0.6.0
# ./configure --prefix=/usr --sysconfdir=/etc --localstatedir=/var --build=i486-t2-linux-gnu --with-plugin-dir=/usr/lib/mozilla/plugins --disable-static
# make
# new2dir make install

Libsoup is compiled statically into Swfdec as it is somewhat crippled without the SSL support. I could have compiled liboil statically, in fact I could even have compiled Swfdec statically into Swfdec-mozilla for the absolute smallest size.

Gstreamer option
There is also the option of abandoning Xine and going over totally to Gstreamer. The main problem with that is Gstreamer does not want to compile with external ffmpeg (well, perhaps that could be hacked, but the Gstreamer developers very strongly recommend to use their internal ffmpeg). Puppy has some apps that rely on the external ffmpeg.
It would be interesting to get Gstreamer to compile with external ffmpeg and see how well it works. Swfdec can be compiled against Gstreamer instead of ffmpeg.

Oh yes, I should report on that. I did compile Swfdec against Gstreamer, and some videos at just were a black window -- no video or sound.
On the otherhand, for Swfdec 0.6.8 with ffmpeg, so far I've tested about a dozen videos at and they all work.


gstreamer ffmpeg plugin
Username: ttuuxxx
Hi Barry is this what your looking for ? not much info on it. "GStreamer FFmpeg plug-in contains one plugin with a set of elements using the FFmpeg library code. It contains most popular decoders as well as very fast colorspace conversion elements."

Better yet found a version with patches
Username: ttuuxxx
"Barry this version of Gstreamer comes with 2 ffmpeg patches so you can compile with a external ffmpeg :) :) :) and its the latest version ttuuxxx

Gstreamer and ffmpeg
Username: BarryK
"ttuuxxx, Thanks for finding the patched gstreamer-ffmpeg.

Tags: quirky