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I will need to playback some video that was made in a Geovision video camera which has its own format.

I was told that there may not be a way to play them in VLC or any other because the video file is made with a propietary codec. Looking in the "internets" I only see old forum posts about how to try and do this, but nothing that is very certain.

Does anyone have experience with this file format in ubuntu and know how to play them?

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There is a sample geovision file on the MPlayer sample site that can be downloaded as follows:

wget samples.mplayerhq.hu/V-codecs/GAVC/GeoVision_camera.avi

This file plays quite easily with SMPlayer:

sudo apt-get install smplayer

Below is a screenshot of this file playing quite successfully on my own system:

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Not a very exciting film clip I am afraid but you get the idea :).

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  • Unfortunately I couldn't make it play on SMPlayer. Here is the error log: Requested video codec family [geomp4] (vfm=vfw) not available. Enable it at compilation. Cannot find codec matching selected -vo and video format 0x34504D47. Feb 2, 2017 at 4:24
  • @luisgonzalez Seems odd as recent MPlayer / SMPlayer simply uses ffh264 for this particular file. What does the command: mplayer | head -n 1 show? As well the version of SMPlayer (seen in: Help --> About SMPlayer)
    – andrew.46
    Feb 2, 2017 at 10:59

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