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xvidcap and 'Intrepid Ibex'

  • cherax

    Xvidcap wouldn't work on my new Dell 530n desktop with Ubuntu (or Xubuntu) 8.04; it crashed and disappeared when I pressed the red 'record' button, or simply froze. Simple audio recording with Gnome sound recorder was also poor (low volume level) and inconsistent, and recordmydesktop simply froze. I found a number of bug reports concerning the Dell's on-board Intel soundcard and version 1.16 of Alsa, so I installed Xubuntu 8.10, which has Alsa version 1.17. That fixed basic sound recording, and recordmydesktop also now works, but Xvidcap still freezes; running from console gives:

        (xvidcap:5916): Gtk-WARNING **: GtkSpinButton: setting an adjustment with non-zero page size is deprecated

        (message repeated multiple times...)

        (xvidcap:5916): Gtk-WARNING **: GtkSpinButton: setting an adjustment with non-zero page size is deprecated
        [mpeg4 @ 0xb74492f0]removing common factors from framerate

    I've installed ffmpeg and all multimedia codecs from Medibuntu, to no avail.

    I tried installing version 1.1.7 from the SourceForge deb package, but got an error message about not having liblame0. Liblame0 is not present in Intrepid's repos, and, when I got it from Debian, my system complained that it conflicted with libmp3lame0 (memory could be vague about the filename, afer a couple of hours of fiddling) and it proceeded to remove xvidcap altogether. Confusing!

    So: how can I install xvidcap 1.1.7 without liblame0? Or, are there any other tests that will shed light on why xvidcap hangs on my system? I use xvidcap for recording lectures and other student tutorials, and would very much like to continue with it on my very fast new Dell.

    • cherax

      Used synaptic to remove xvidcap 1.16, then installed 1.1.7 from source (lots of dependencies needed to be resolved, even with "build essential" package installed). Looks like it's working now. Guess I should stick with the author's packages!

      • The only way I was able to get sound working with Hardy was to install 1.17. A breeze with the .deb  package and it simply replaced 1.16.

        Then I upgraded to Ibex and xvidcap was removed along with liblame0. The  latter was replaced with libmp3lame and now I can't reinstall xvidcap because of the dependency on Ibex-deprecated liblame0.

        Any 1.17 deb available to go with libmp3lame instead of liblame0 ??

    • So, you're saying you're not getting hangs on 8.10? Since 8.10 has Xlib with libxcb support, I'd expect it to get deadlocks (esp. with the "capture area follows mouse feature".

      What's your experience?

    • er, libmp3lame0

      • just uploaded an intrepid deb, after having finally upgraded to that version myself

        • Ahhh ... and btw. it is not current SVN but bug-compatible with 1.1.7 except for a small fix I've put into the intrepid deb which would otherwise make xvidcap crash with an error about 32bit being an unacceptable image depth for encoding.
          (the X server in intrepid uses 32bpp on my machine but still has no alpha mask)

    • Thanks. The intrepid deb 1.17 is so far working just fine - complete with audio and no crash.

      Next time I update, I'll use the computer with the crappy soundcard, instead ;)