Aug 072011
 

minitubeMinitube it’s an application to watch youtube movie without using Flash or your browser, i’ve talked about it in a former article.

But from some time there were problems and the app was not able anymore to load properly the youtube video (this was with version 1.4.3 from around 1 month ago).

Flavio released on 5 of august a new release, the 1.5 that fixed this problem

Here I am with a new release that fixes the problem and adds a few features. Thanks to Mike Holenderski for emailing me details about the YouTube changes that broke Minitube. Besides watching videos again, you can now drag’n’drop YouTube links from your browser to the Minitube window. Also, Minitube is now more tolerant about which URLs are actually YouTube URLs.



Installation

The binaries of minitube 1.5 can be downloaded from minitube official page
Or if you are using Ubuntu (from 10.04 to 11.04) you can use a PPA maintained by Ferramosca Roberto (from the famous italian site: http://www.lffl.org/).

To use it just open your teminal and write:

sudo add-apt-repository ppa:ferramroberto/minitube
sudo aptitude update
sudo aptitude upgrade (if you already had minitube)
sudo aptitude install minitube (to install it)

Have fun with this new release of minitube, one of my favorite desktop application.




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  8 Responses to “Minitube 1.5 to the rescue”

  1. Thanks for this how-to on installing / upgrading minitube!

  2. Ubuntu 10.04. It does very nicely.
    My only problem is the colors are washed out.
    Is there a way to better render the colors?

    tia
    oldcity

    • Ubuntu 10.04. It does very nicely.

      My only problem is the colors are washed out.

      When a video is playing. The images on the far left
      all the way down screen shows correctly.

      Is there a way to better render the colors?

      tia
      oldcity

      • On ubuntu 11.04 I’ve no problem with Minitube.
        if you run it starting from a terminal (open a terminal and write minitube) do yuo see some error ?

        • 00:02.0 VGA compatible controller: Intel Corporation 82865G Integrated Graphics Controller (rev 02)

          bill@bill-oldcity:~$ minitube
          GET “http://flavio.tordini.org/minitube-ws/release.xml?v=1.5″
          “1.5” “1.5”

          Did video for compiz ubuntu 10.04. Its first screen could
          have been more crisp. Then when the “Compiz action” started
          the new moving images were washed out.
          I did a second session of the above with the same results.
          When I ended the session and returned to the terminal I had
          the following. Hope this helps.

          bill@bill-oldcity:~$ minitube
          GET “http://flavio.tordini.org/minitube-ws/release.xml?v=1.5″
          “1.5” “1.5”
          GET “http://suggestqueries.google.com/complete/search?ds=yt&output=toolbar&hl=en-US&q=fr”
          GET “http://suggestqueries.google.com/complete/search?ds=yt&output=toolbar&hl=en-US&q=free”
          GET “http://suggestqueries.google.com/complete/search?ds=yt&output=toolbar&hl=en-US&q=free%20″
          GET “http://suggestqueries.google.com/complete/search?ds=yt&output=toolbar&hl=en-US&q=free%20linu”
          GET “http://suggestqueries.google.com/complete/search?ds=yt&output=toolbar&hl=en-US&q=free%20linux”
          GET “http://gdata.youtube.com/feeds/api/videos?max-results=10&start-index=1&q=free%20linux”
          GET “http://gdata.youtube.com/feeds/api/videos?max-results=10&start-index=1&q=free%20linux”
          GET “http://www.youtube.com/get_video_info?video_id=U8el0uL9zJQ&el=embedded&ps=default&eurl=&gl=US&hl=en”
          GET “http://i.ytimg.com/vi/U8el0uL9zJQ/0.jpg”
          GET “http://i.ytimg.com/vi/p7zS8FUVXCg/0.jpg”
          GET “http://i.ytimg.com/vi/12nQkSlISQw/0.jpg”
          GET “http://i.ytimg.com/vi/KeOjAAHZ8nM/0.jpg”
          GET “http://i.ytimg.com/vi/ND5xw9x74Is/0.jpg”
          GET “http://i.ytimg.com/vi/Or2ZaFUprGg/0.jpg”
          GET “http://i.ytimg.com/vi/RLvn7jRPvVA/0.jpg”
          GET “http://i.ytimg.com/vi/aEUWUATrQ3A/0.jpg”
          GET “http://i.ytimg.com/vi/94xy3zim7aw/0.jpg”
          GET “http://i.ytimg.com/vi/yqedu_lxcv4/0.jpg”
          Found format 18
          GET “http://v12.lscache3.c.youtube.com/videoplayback?sparams=id%2Cexpire%2Cip%2Cipbits%2Citag%2Cratebypass&itag=18&ip=98.0.0.0&signature=8D411B8E8DF2C041CA83DB53AB992E4B6F0220E9.91C7E89222FC9469F7B86D521A53B29F4EA036D4&sver=3&ratebypass=yes&expire=1313193600&key=yt1&ipbits=8&id=53c7a5d2e2fdcc94″
          GET “http://v4.cache8.c.youtube.com/videoplayback?sparams=id%2Cexpire%2Cip%2Cipbits%2Citag%2Cratebypass&itag=18&ip=98.0.0.0&signature=8D411B8E8DF2C041CA83DB53AB992E4B6F0220E9.91C7E89222FC9469F7B86D521A53B29F4EA036D4&sver=3&ratebypass=yes&expire=1313193600&key=yt1&ipbits=8&id=53c7a5d2e2fdcc94&redirect_counter=1″
          Playing “/tmp/minitube-bill.mp4″
          Phonon error: “Could not open media source.” 2
          Playing “/tmp/minitube-bill.mp4″
          loading
          Network error: “Operation canceled” 5
          “Operation canceled”
          GET “http://suggestqueries.google.com/complete/search?ds=yt&output=toolbar&hl=en-US&q=com”
          GET “http://suggestqueries.google.com/complete/search?ds=yt&output=toolbar&hl=en-US&q=comp”
          GET “http://suggestqueries.google.com/complete/search?ds=yt&output=toolbar&hl=en-US&q=compi”
          GET “http://suggestqueries.google.com/complete/search?ds=yt&output=toolbar&hl=en-US&q=compiz”
          GET “http://suggestqueries.google.com/complete/search?ds=yt&output=toolbar&hl=en-US&q=compiz%20″
          GET “http://suggestqueries.google.com/complete/search?ds=yt&output=toolbar&hl=en-US&q=compiz%20u”
          GET “http://suggestqueries.google.com/complete/search?ds=yt&output=toolbar&hl=en-US&q=compiz%20ubun”
          GET “http://suggestqueries.google.com/complete/search?ds=yt&output=toolbar&hl=en-US&q=compiz%20ubuntu”
          GET “http://gdata.youtube.com/feeds/api/videos?max-results=10&start-index=1&q=compiz%20ubuntu%2010.04″
          GET “http://gdata.youtube.com/feeds/api/videos?max-results=10&start-index=1&q=compiz%20ubuntu%2010.04″
          GET “http://www.youtube.com/get_video_info?video_id=VvfRpmqKRbs&el=embedded&ps=default&eurl=&gl=US&hl=en”
          GET “http://i.ytimg.com/vi/VvfRpmqKRbs/0.jpg”
          GET “http://i.ytimg.com/vi/rNeWMLSmkXQ/0.jpg”
          GET “http://i.ytimg.com/vi/USmiMF-OunM/0.jpg”
          GET “http://i.ytimg.com/vi/1tF8ypEV4nI/0.jpg”
          GET “http://i.ytimg.com/vi/0nWg5Z285jU/0.jpg”
          GET “http://i.ytimg.com/vi/zrJ7Z7gH6LY/0.jpg”
          GET “http://i.ytimg.com/vi/sufysSC0zDo/0.jpg”
          GET “http://i.ytimg.com/vi/FOKSyx1nkT8/0.jpg”
          GET “http://i.ytimg.com/vi/wuMgvnFYiyg/0.jpg”
          GET “http://i.ytimg.com/vi/en2dPvy8wM4/0.jpg”
          Found format 18
          GET “http://v15.lscache6.c.youtube.com/videoplayback?sparams=id%2Cexpire%2Cip%2Cipbits%2Citag%2Cratebypass%2Coc%3AU0hQSFFUUV9FSkNOMF9JTlVH&itag=18&ip=0.0.0.0&signature=6486CB052B999581E3D56F1404B989304355CFDC.7CB35426541DBBCE8FB1916672ECF1C24F77F254&sver=3&ratebypass=yes&expire=1313193600&key=yt1&ipbits=0&id=56f7d1a66a8a45bb”
          paused
          Retrying…
          GET “http://www.youtube.com/get_video_info?video_id=VvfRpmqKRbs&el=embedded&ps=default&eurl=&gl=US&hl=en”
          Found format 18
          GET “http://v15.lscache6.c.youtube.com/videoplayback?sparams=id%2Cexpire%2Cip%2Cipbits%2Citag%2Cratebypass%2Coc%3AU0hQSFFUUV9FSkNOMF9JTlVH&itag=18&ip=0.0.0.0&signature=6486CB052B999581E3D56F1404B989304355CFDC.7CB35426541DBBCE8FB1916672ECF1C24F77F254&sver=3&ratebypass=yes&expire=1313193600&key=yt1&ipbits=0&id=56f7d1a66a8a45bb”
          Playing “/tmp/minitube-bill.mp4″
          loading
          paused
          Network error: “Operation canceled” 5
          “Operation canceled”
          bill@bill-oldcity:~$ minitube
          GET “http://gdata.youtube.com/feeds/api/videos?max-results=10&start-index=1&q=compiz%20ubuntu%2010.04″
          QAbstractItemModel::endInsertRows: Invalid index ( 1 , 0 ) in model ListModel(0x9a4a8d0)
          GET “http://www.youtube.com/get_video_info?video_id=VvfRpmqKRbs&el=embedded&ps=default&eurl=&gl=US&hl=en”
          GET “http://i.ytimg.com/vi/VvfRpmqKRbs/0.jpg”
          GET “http://i.ytimg.com/vi/rNeWMLSmkXQ/0.jpg”
          GET “http://i.ytimg.com/vi/USmiMF-OunM/0.jpg”
          GET “http://i.ytimg.com/vi/1tF8ypEV4nI/0.jpg”
          GET “http://i.ytimg.com/vi/0nWg5Z285jU/0.jpg”
          GET “http://i.ytimg.com/vi/zrJ7Z7gH6LY/0.jpg”
          GET “http://i.ytimg.com/vi/sufysSC0zDo/0.jpg”
          GET “http://i.ytimg.com/vi/FOKSyx1nkT8/0.jpg”
          GET “http://i.ytimg.com/vi/wuMgvnFYiyg/0.jpg”
          GET “http://i.ytimg.com/vi/en2dPvy8wM4/0.jpg”
          Found format 18
          GET “http://v15.lscache6.c.youtube.com/videoplayback?sparams=id%2Cexpire%2Cip%2Cipbits%2Citag%2Cratebypass&fexp=914021%2C904532%2C913104%2C904423&itag=18&ip=98.0.0.0&signature=3AC4198322BC96E957BA7E44F823A4705A7BD0FF.1EEBAC5F558930A2A7EEB5ED1B6799A1EB0A9BD0&sver=3&ratebypass=yes&expire=1313193600&key=yt1&ipbits=8&id=56f7d1a66a8a45bb”
          Retrying…
          GET “http://www.youtube.com/get_video_info?video_id=VvfRpmqKRbs&el=embedded&ps=default&eurl=&gl=US&hl=en”
          Found format 18
          GET “http://v15.lscache6.c.youtube.com/videoplayback?sparams=id%2Cexpire%2Cip%2Cipbits%2Citag%2Cratebypass%2Coc%3AU0hQSFFUUV9FSkNOMF9JTlVH&fexp=914021%2C904532%2C913104%2C904423&itag=18&ip=0.0.0.0&signature=013D917DB70C4AD3E48017E5C798E71C41B94126.48E9A943D31667D2A4A73BCBF4521976B6A7DAFD&sver=3&ratebypass=yes&expire=1313193600&key=yt1&ipbits=0&id=56f7d1a66a8a45bb”
          Playing “/tmp/minitube-bill.mp4″
          Network error: “Operation canceled” 5
          “Operation canceled”
          bill@bill-oldcity:~$

          • The only thing that come to my mind it’s some incompatibility between Compiz and Minitube, on XFCE (without compiz or any effect) it’s perfect.
            Have you tried to disable Comiz 8just to make a test) ?

  3. I think it is my desktop machine that is the problem.
    I installed Minitube on my laptop and it runs
    normally.
    I do have Compiz on the machine but it has not
    been enabled for more than a year.
    I had selected a Compiz video from Youtube and it
    ran normally. As previously indicated when the
    same program was viewed on Minitube the video
    images were washed out.
    Today I searched Youtube “how to fix flush valve”.
    I selected the first item “how to fix a toilet –
    flush valve replacement – part 1 of 2″ a 2:53 min
    video.
    I ran the video from Youtube and it ran normally.
    As previously indicated when the same program was
    viewed on Minitube the video images were washed out.

    bill@bill-oldcity:~$ minitube
    GET “http://suggestqueries.google.com/complete/search?ds=yt&output=toolbar&hl=en-US&q=how%20to%20fix%20flush%20valve”
    GET “http://gdata.youtube.com/feeds/api/videos?max-results=10&start-index=1&q=how%20to%20fix%20flush%20valve”
    QAbstractItemModel::endInsertRows: Invalid index ( 1 , 0 ) in model ListModel(0x99687f8)
    GET “http://www.youtube.com/get_video_info?video_id=IrMi8agdg2I&el=embedded&ps=default&eurl=&gl=US&hl=en”
    GET “http://i.ytimg.com/vi/IrMi8agdg2I/0.jpg”
    GET “http://i.ytimg.com/vi/tLlgmWtrysI/0.jpg”
    GET “http://i.ytimg.com/vi/PuMcvTLq1Uw/0.jpg”
    GET “http://i.ytimg.com/vi/UeV1hooQC9M/0.jpg”
    GET “http://i.ytimg.com/vi/KCPlbiTcLc4/0.jpg”
    GET “http://i.ytimg.com/vi/VElgGcV1Zr8/0.jpg”
    GET “http://i.ytimg.com/vi/ohSZuVyal2M/0.jpg”
    GET “http://i.ytimg.com/vi/cu9wSUlP24g/0.jpg”
    GET “http://i.ytimg.com/vi/kfqRBdpWt8g/0.jpg”
    GET “http://i.ytimg.com/vi/3W3u2O1dZws/0.jpg”
    Found format 18
    GET “http://v2.lscache7.c.youtube.com/videoplayback?sparams=id%2Cexpire%2Cip%2Cipbits%2Citag%2Cratebypass&fexp=905228&itag=18&ip=74.0.0.0&signature=B77C078B28B1FF715D50B9058356283D880652B4.BEBDB4A6BBA07343392F7A71C1E7C2EA129D319D&sver=3&ratebypass=yes&expire=1313272800&key=yt1&ipbits=8&id=22b322f1a81d8362″
    Network error: “Operation canceled” 5
    “Operation canceled”
    Request finished but never started saving
    GET “http://www.youtube.com/get_video_info?video_id=IrMi8agdg2I&el=embedded&ps=default&eurl=&gl=US&hl=en”
    Found format 18
    GET “http://v2.lscache7.c.youtube.com/videoplayback?sparams=id%2Cexpire%2Cip%2Cipbits%2Citag%2Cratebypass%2Coc%3AU0hQSFJSUF9FSkNOMF9KTFRJ&fexp=905228&itag=18&ip=0.0.0.0&signature=B58644235955FA42657AE25E71BB4B50FC39AEB0.D06E5FBF30F1C354751D8ACECF43E1A89B44DB16&sver=3&ratebypass=yes&expire=1313272800&key=yt1&ipbits=0&id=22b322f1a81d8362″
    Retrying…
    GET “http://www.youtube.com/get_video_info?video_id=IrMi8agdg2I&el=embedded&ps=default&eurl=&gl=US&hl=en”
    Found format 18
    GET “http://v2.lscache7.c.youtube.com/videoplayback?sparams=id%2Cexpire%2Cip%2Cipbits%2Citag%2Cratebypass%2Coc%3AU0hQSFJSUF9FSkNOMF9KTFRJ&fexp=905228&itag=18&ip=0.0.0.0&signature=B58644235955FA42657AE25E71BB4B50FC39AEB0.D06E5FBF30F1C354751D8ACECF43E1A89B44DB16&sver=3&ratebypass=yes&expire=1313272800&key=yt1&ipbits=0&id=22b322f1a81d8362″
    Retrying…
    GET “http://www.youtube.com/get_video_info?video_id=IrMi8agdg2I&el=embedded&ps=default&eurl=&gl=US&hl=en”
    Found format 18
    GET “http://v2.lscache7.c.youtube.com/videoplayback?sparams=id%2Cexpire%2Cip%2Cipbits%2Citag%2Cratebypass%2Coc%3AU0hQSFJSUF9FSkNOMF9KTFRJ&fexp=905228&itag=18&ip=0.0.0.0&signature=B58644235955FA42657AE25E71BB4B50FC39AEB0.D06E5FBF30F1C354751D8ACECF43E1A89B44DB16&sver=3&ratebypass=yes&expire=1313272800&key=yt1&ipbits=0&id=22b322f1a81d8362″
    Playing “/tmp/minitube-bill.mp4″
    GET “http://www.youtube.com/get_video_info?video_id=tLlgmWtrysI&el=embedded&ps=default&eurl=&gl=US&hl=en”
    paused
    Found format 18
    GET “http://v15.lscache3.c.youtube.com/videoplayback?sparams=id%2Cexpire%2Cip%2Cipbits%2Citag%2Cratebypass%2Coc%3AU0hQSFJSVF9FSkNOMF9KTFhF&fexp=905228&itag=18&ip=0.0.0.0&signature=414A803E848CABF55991EF5C582669194169CB60.301A304D18336997250B0443D0D769C7FFF268FF&sver=3&ratebypass=yes&expire=1313276400&key=yt1&ipbits=0&id=b4b960996b6bcac2″
    Playing “/tmp/minitube-bill.mp4″
    loading
    GET “http://gdata.youtube.com/feeds/api/videos?max-results=1&start-index=11&q=how%20to%20fix%20flush%20valve”
    GET “http://gdata.youtube.com/feeds/api/videos?max-results=1&start-index=11&q=how%20to%20fix%20flush%20valve”
    GET “http://i.ytimg.com/vi/SkoYf5sGZYc/0.jpg”
    Network error: “Operation canceled” 5
    “Operation canceled”
    bill@bill-oldcity:~$

  4. Nice application to watch video in a different way. thanks for update info. Its working very fine here.

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