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Xubuntu 20.04.1
VLC 3.0.11

I have media on my NAS available via an SMB share as clients with multiple OSes need to access it, so SMB provides the most cross-platform accessibility. In Xubuntu, I can browse to this path just fine in the Thunar file manager using the path smb://freenas.local/media/Movies/ and see the list of content.

Directly from Thunar, I can open videos on the NAS using Parole and they play just fine. But if I try to open them in VLC, they fail.

I tried installing the SMB plug-in with
sudo apt-get install -y vlc-plugin-samba
and it installed without error. However, when I go to Input / Codecs > Access Modules I don't see "SMB"

I DO see dsm ("libdsm SMB input") but I saw that before installing the above plugin.

I see network paths are a common problem with VLC and I'm not really clear why it's such a problem w/ VLC and not other players like Parole, Gnome Videos (Totem, which I also tried), etc. I'd really like to get VLC to work as it provides me useful CODEC information about the current video which I often need.
08-31-2020, 02:12 PM
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