Totem Movie Player

Dan Nicholson dbn.lists at
Thu Jul 26 11:02:40 PDT 2007

On 7/26/07, Randy McMurchy <randy at> wrote:
> I was playing around with Totem and discovered in this version of GNOME,
> the default backend is GStreamer instead of Xine. I popped a disc in the
> drive and Totem comes back and says that the required plugin is not
> available and aborts playing the movie.
> I'm guessing that Totem needs the FFMpeg plugin to decode movie files
> on DVD. This is just a guess. Can anyone confirm this? I've got the
> Base, Good and Ugly plugins installed to GStreamer now.

DVD playback in Gstreamer is pretty much broken, so totem disables it.
If you want semi-working playback, try using this patch from Paldo:

If you're really adventurous, you can try to use an alternate module
from dvdread in gst-plugins-ugly in addition to the Paldo patch.

Background for that here:

I've been meaning to do test this for a long time. From reading the
bug, it seems that this new module works considerably better than the
current one.

> Anyway, I rebuilt Totem specifying Xine as the backend, and it plays
> the movie as it should.

This is the only reason I still use the Xine backend. However, there's
a bug in browser plugin when using Xine. If you have current
totem-2.18 and current xine-lib, you also need this revision:


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