Ticket #1566 (new defect)

Opened 5 years ago

Last modified 5 years ago

Enable H.264 HTML5 playback for Firefox on cluster machines via gstreamer

Reported by: slz Owned by:
Priority: normal Milestone: The Distant Future
Component: -- Keywords: html5 h.264 firefox gstreamer
Cc: Fixed in version:
Upstream bug:


Firefox on Linux has supported H.264 playback via the gstreamer plugin since at least version 24. On Ubuntu 14.04, this is achieved by installing the package


This can be tested with links such as  http://www.html5videoplayer.net/html5video/mp4-h-264-video-test/ or  https://vimeo.com/1084537 (the latter would fall back to Flash if there is no
H.264 support).

Change History

comment:1 Changed 5 years ago by slz

This should probably go into debathena-extra-software, which will allow it to be automatically installed by debathena-workstation and debathena-cluster.

The corresponding package in precise should be gstreamer0.10-ffmpeg.

In addition, we can put gstreamer1.0-vaapi, which enables hardware accelerated playback via VAAPI whenever available, in the Recommends.

Last edited 5 years ago by slz (previous) (diff)

comment:2 Changed 5 years ago by andersk

Confirmed on a cluster machine that installing gstreamer1.0-libav enables H.264 playback. However, I can’t get hardware acceleration to work, even with gstreamer1.0-vaapi (as reported by “Supports Hardware H264 Decoding” in about:support). Perhaps this is not possible on Intel graphics cards?

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