[Digikam-users] Thumbnail generation stopping at video file
fabien.ubuntu at gmail.com
Tue Jun 27 10:47:54 BST 2006
Marcel Wiesweg wrote:
>>recently my digikam installation (0.8.1) developed a strange problem:
>>The thumbnail generation stops at the first video file in my collection.
>>Formerly, a video file was represented with a little "film" icon. Now it is
>>just white (no icon), and I also don't get any photo thumbnails after this
>>file. Even the album thumbnails don't get generated anymore. If I move the
>>video files a couple of albums down, the thumbnail generation goes on
>>towards that new place.
> I once had that problem. Digikam uses KDE libs to get thumbnails from movies,
> so please check if the thumbnail creation works in Konqueror. If it does not,
> it is a bug of arts or somewhere, and since a lot in this area is broken, it
> might or rather might not get fixed before KDE4.
I had exactly the same trouble.
I spent nearly 2 hours to figure out why digikam behavior was different
on 3 PCs running ubuntu :
- on the 1st one, thumbnails were generated correclty for pictures on
video files (motion jpeg avi)
- on the 2nd one, thumbnails were only generated for pictures and icons
were used for video files
- on the last one, thumbnails generation stopped after the first video
This behavior was the same in konqueror.
Thanks to your hint about arts, I finally found that there were some
troubles with xine plugin (libarts1-xine package in debian/ubuntu).
If libarts1-xine is installed (1st and 3rd case), then xine is used to
generate the thumbnail. Using xine, it was not possible to read the avi
file in case 3 but ok in case 1.
I found there were a missing package in the 3rd case : libxine-extracodecs
These extra codecs allow xine to read the avi file, so also to create
So, installing libarts1-xine and libxine-extracodecs packages solved my
Maybe this should be added in the FAQ ?
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