Ask Ubuntu is a question and answer site for Ubuntu users and developers. Join them; it only takes a minute:

Sign up
Here's how it works:
  1. Anybody can ask a question
  2. Anybody can answer
  3. The best answers are voted up and rise to the top

The answer to this question should help one to choose the player to run in Ubuntu 12.04 on Toshiba AC100 (ARM) if one wants to play a DVD saved in a directory in the filesystem. The layout of the directory is like this:


    Poster.jpg 403.51 KB (413199)
    Side A(Sez1-2) · 4.03 GB
        VIDEO_TS · 4.03 GB
            VIDEO_TS.BUP 12 KB (12288)
            VIDEO_TS.IFO 12 KB (12288)
            VIDEO_TS.VOB 54 KB (55296)
            VTS_01_0.BUP 300 KB (307200)
            VTS_01_0.IFO 300 KB (307200)
            VTS_01_0.VOB 112 KB (114688)
            VTS_01_1.VOB 953.76 MB (1000097792)
            VTS_01_2.VOB 953.68 MB (1000011776)
            VTS_01_3.VOB 953.68 MB (1000015872)
            VTS_01_4.VOB 953.76 MB (1000099840)
            VTS_01_5.VOB 318.38 MB (333852672)
    Side B(Sez3-4) · 4.35 GB
        VIDEO_TS · 4.35 GB
            VIDEO_TS.BUP 12 KB (12288)
            VIDEO_TS.IFO 12 KB (12288)
            VIDEO_TS.VOB 54 KB (55296)
            VTS_01_0.BUP 320 KB (327680)
            VTS_01_0.IFO 320 KB (327680)
            VTS_01_0.VOB 114 KB (116736)
            VTS_01_1.VOB 953.73 MB (1000058880)
            VTS_01_2.VOB 953.71 MB (1000046592)
            VTS_01_3.VOB 953.74 MB (1000071168)
            VTS_01_4.VOB 953.65 MB (999981056)
            VTS_01_5.VOB 639.83 MB (670914560)

The individual files with video do not match the "chapters" (episodes) of the DVD. (I've downloaded it from Its characteristics are:

Video codec: DivX Audio codec: DVD-Audio Video: 768x576, 1.85:1, NTSC, color Audio: 48000 Hz, 6 channels (5.1 surround), 96 Kbit/sec

The default movie player (totem) couldn't do it.

For each other player available for Ubuntu 12.04 on ARM, we need to know whether it can play this kind of video flawlessly.

This information will be useful everytime a user wants to play this kind of video and has to select a player that would be working for sure (not to spend efforts and time to try many players).

share|improve this question
  • The default player (totem) can't do it: after showing the beginning a little bit, it is stuck. Or perhaps it just showed nothing. I couldn't test whther navigating between the chapters worked.

  • vlc shows nothing at all, has to be killed afterwards (killall vlc).

  • gnome-mplayer couldn't open it as a DVD stored in a directory, hence chapter navigation didn't work.

  • smplayer has a speical menu option to open a DVD stored in a directory. It played it well (although I didn't do the playback for a long time, so I can't tell for sure whether the video delay problem happens for this format), chapter navigation worked.

(As for the comparison between the two interfaces to MPlayer--gnome-mplayer and smplayer on other videos, gnome-mplayer sometimes stopped the playback unexpectedly and hung, weheras smplayer did never have this problem. So smplayer is anyway preferred by me.)

  • gxine (an interface to Xine): I didn't test it.

Conclusion: smplayer can open a DVD stored in a directory and play it well. (A similar conclusion in the general, not ARM/AC100-specific case; but it says that besides smplayer, vlc also works, which is not the case in for my system on a Toshiba AC100.)

share|improve this answer
Are you sure that vlc cannot play them? It usually works for me when I open the VIDEO_TS folder. If the "chapters" of the DVD don't match, I would try playing just the appropriate *.VOB files with vlc. – Philipp Wendler Aug 26 '12 at 6:48
@PhilippWendler: vlc seems just not work on Toshiba AC100 (ARM architecture) completely: independently of the DVD format issue. Cf. . – imz -- Ivan Zakharyaschev Aug 26 '12 at 10:08

Your Answer


By posting your answer, you agree to the privacy policy and terms of service.

Not the answer you're looking for? Browse other questions tagged or ask your own question.