Playing MP4 files on OpenSUSE Leap 42.2

As with many of the big community distributions, patent encumbered codecs such as MP4 are not supported out of the box by OpenSUSE.

Leap 42.2 is (at time of writing) still in beta, and not officially supported by the “Packman” repositories which provide builds of the relevant libraries to include such tainted codecs. (Also I have heard murmurings of technical shortcomings of the Packman approach, although I won’t pretend to fully understand them.)

Fortunately there are community efforts to address the problem.

On software.opensuse.org under ffmpeg there are builds made against Leap 42.2 that work. The 1-click-install of ffmpeg from the multimedia:libs repository left me with a working solution in combination with SMPlayer (1-click install) which I themed using this guide.

20160926-smplayer

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