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Re: [opensuse] some mp4 cannot be played "decoder profile above limits"
Den 2017-09-23 kl. 13:53, skrev Daniel Bauer:

Am 23.09.2017 um 13:20 schrieb michael norman:
On 23/09/17 10:43, Daniel Bauer wrote:
Hi everybody

"Suddenly" the mp4-videos from my mobile phone cannot be played
anymore, no matter what player I use: it only shows a black screen
plus plays the sound, but no image.

As for my small tests it only affects the mp4 from my samsung mobile
that are larger than 10MB (9.8MB works, 11.2MB does not work,
neither larger). But downloaded mp4, avi, etc. work normally even in
GB size.

I tried to start from commandline, and maybe the messages say
something to somebody of you...:

vlc 20161005_085414.mp4
VLC media player 2.2.6 Umbrella (revision 2.2.6-0-g1aae78981c)
[000055aac07500c8] core libvlc: VLC wird mit dem Standard-Interface
ausgeführt. Benutzen Sie 'cvlc', um VLC ohne Interface zu verwenden.
[00007f236c0b6378] vdpau_avcodec generic error: decoder profile
above limits: level 51 3840x2160
[00007f236c0c48b8] freetype spu text error: Breaking unbreakable line
QObject::~QObject: Timers cannot be stopped from another thread

I see a limit, but don't know where I can change this limit.
Everything worked a few weeks ago with the same system, but
meanwhile there were some updates and of course I have no idea which
one changed that...

Leap 42.3
KDE 5.8.7
Kernel 4.4.87-25 default
Latest "zypper up" done 5 minutes ago.

All "media-things" installed from packman.

Any hints? Thanks!


What is the source of your downloaded mp4 etc files.  I use
Get_Iplayer to download BBC programmes from the BBC iplayer, using
42.3 VLC, Kodi etc as players all installed from packman via the
OpenSuse box.  I "can" play them on my Android tablet but its a long
time since I tried that so that device "might" have the limitations
you describe.

Are you downloading the files using the phone ?  How are you trying
to watch them, ie on which device ?

All I can suggest is a problem with the phone maybe.


No, these are videos I took with the phone and copied to the desktop
computer. I could always watch them on the desktop using vlc. Now I
cannot watch them anymore with the described problem.

The others (that work in vlc) are from many various sources. It just
affects those from my phone. And they haven't been affected some weeks
ago. I can still play them in a browser or using QTAV, but not vlc or

Meanwhile I found out that it seems that only videos taken before June
12th 2017 are affected. Newer ones play...

I uploaded two sample videos taken with the same phone - nothing
interesting, download only worthwhile if you'd like to test but not
for the content :-) :

does /NOT/ work in VLC: (14.3MB)

plays normal: (29.8MB)

I'm on TW and use mplayer (1.2.r37916-6.9) from packman.

I can play both although the first is 90 degres to the left (standing).



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