VLC media player

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VLC media player (initially VideoLAN client) is a highly portable multimedia player for various audio and video formats (MPEG-1, MPEG-2, MPEG-4, DivX, mp3, ogg, ...) as well as DVDs, VCDs, and various streaming protocols. It can also be used as a server to stream in unicast or multicast in IPv4 or IPv6 on a high-bandwidth network. VLC media player supports all GNU/Linux flavours, all BSD flavours, Windows, Mac OS X, BeOS, Solaris, QNX.

Install it

Install VLC media player as described at installing software, however, for SUSE, there is an easier way to install it.


To install VLC media player with the DEBIAN Linux distribution, go to http://www.videolan.org/vlc/download-debian.html and follow the steps to do a 1-Click install of VLC media player.

Known problem

If, after having installed VLC you get sound but no image and an error message flow saying something like :

[swscaler @ 0x991f7e0] bad dst image pointers
[swscaler @ 0x991f7e0] bad dst image pointers

Please look carefully at the installation procedure given at http://forum.videolan.org/viewtopic.php?t=70719&f=13#p234567 which is summarized below :

  • Remove any Debian-Multimedia.org entries from the APT sources list via your package manager, or from the command line:
   sudo vi /etc/apt/sources.list
  • Update the package list, e.g.:
   sudo apt-get update
  • Remove any libavutil package. This will also temporarily remove VLC, MPlayer, etc if they are installed. For example:
   sudo apt-get remove libavutil*
  • Reinstall VLC and other packages you are interested in, from the official Debian repositories, e.g.
   sudo apt-get install vlc


To install VLC media player with the SUSE Linux distribution, go to http://www.videolan.org/vlc/download-suse.html and follow the steps to do a 1-Click install of VLC media player.

Use it

To use VLC media player, open a console as root and type

chmod 777 /dev/sr0
chmod 777 /dev/sr1

Then open a console as non-root and start VLC media player with the command



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