Monday, October 12, 2009

Empathy (and Pidgin), Telepathy, Farsight, GStreamer and Gmail videochat

This post is solely for the benefit of people googling randomly, scratching their heads.

If you're trying to do a videochat with a Gmail user, but it doesn't work (it connects and then disconnects directly), chances are you may see the same issue I did.

If that's the case, the list of video codecs you present will most likely consist of JPEG, THEORA and MPV (without any H264 or H263).

What you need is most likely a ffmpeg package for GStreamer. On Ubuntu karmic, gstreamer0.10-ffmpeg is the right one. After a

sudo aptitude install gstreamer0.10-ffmpeg gstreamer0.10-tools; gst-inspect-0.10

things should be better (you will need to restart Empathy/Pidgin).

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