Solaris 11 SRU14 and Firefox 45 - Video Play Back With Ffmpeg
Update 20161124: ffmpeg version before pkg://email@example.com,5.11-0.0.175.3.188.8.131.52:20161124T103032Z was not propperly locating some libraries. This is now fixed, please run "pkg update -nv" for dry-run and then install this version. I'm sorry for this temporary disappointment this may have caused.
Recently released SRU14 for Solaris 11 gets us Firefox version 45.4!
The nice thing with this Firefox version 45.4 is, that there is no longer the need for gstreamer plugins to play back video. Instead, if ffmpeg is present, you get an all-green (actually blue) on the Youtube HTML5 test page!
https://www.youtube.com/html5 (see screenshot)
Test Videos from this page all play very nicely:
And on twitter you are no longer the poor boy. Because you're now able to play back the short video snippets. Except using Flash is no longer possible.
But, there is a downside with the new video playback capabilities, reported by a user:
Popular sites now start spamming you with video based ads on webpages. This seems to be the price for the new video play back on Solaris!
(btw, is there anywhere a recommended add-blocker?)
BTW: OpenIndiana Hipster has its own fresh Firefox 45.5 copy, you you can play video there as well (Ha! Actually it worked a few months earlier on OI then on Solaris!).
Update 20161215: Please read the comments on the now necessary add-blockers and on contrib builds of firefox in case your publisher doesn't offer FF45 yet.
Questions, comments, anything else? Please give feedback or ask questions of any kind on the comments (here on the blog) or by email at sfepackages at g mail dot com!
PS: Thrilling! Thanks much for the programmers making Firefox 45.4 possible!