Howto - fix video playback issues when using Beryl/Compiz/Compiz Fusion

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I have used Beryl, Fusion and now run Compiz Fusion.

I have been having the following issue since I first tried Beryl but did not care much about it until today.

When I was playing a video (totem, VLC, etc..), I was getting a black screen instead of the video. The video would show up if I was moving the window around, but it would randomly become black again after a while or if I was doing anything while the video was playing.

My graphic card is an Intel, a friend reported no issue with an nVidia card : VGA compatible controller: Intel Corporation Mobile 945GM/GMS/940GML Express Integrated Graphics Controller (rev 03)

The fix :

Open gstreamer-properties from the command line : $ gstreamer-properties

Go under the video tab and change the default output plugin from “autodetect” to “X Window System (no xv)”

Voilà !




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