OSX embed video inquiry

I’m on OSX 10.9.1 with LO I can’t seem to embed ANY video into an Impress slide. I’ve tried avi, mp4, ogg, mov and they all result in File format not supported. I have VLC installed and I’ve found other codec packages and installed them. I know I can do it via hyperlink and that works (ish). What’s the secret in getting a video truly embedded in an Impress slide on OSX or is it not possible on mac?

There are a few bug reports related to this issue, but most have been closed as the underlying problem is more significant (an API change by Apple):

  • fdo#56847, Can’t insert video and play videos with Impress (resolved as invalid due to several issues being involved).
  • fdo#77410, After import of H.264 mp4 video to presentation, only grey question mark is displayed (deemed a duplicate of fdo#56847.)
  • fdo#79546, No video playback in slideshow fullscreen display mode on OSX 10.9 (still open at present).
  • aoo#124800, No multimedia support in MacOSX (thanks to Alex for pointing this out. It has been temporarily resolved for AOO v4.1.1 and LO v4.2.5 / v4.3.1.)

Developer comments in the second report highlight a problem with inserting videos using recent versions of LO (v4.2.x / v4.3.x) under MacOS v10.9.x. Comments in the last bug indicate Apple have deprecated the Quicktime API. Both AOO and LO are engaging in a temporary switch to the QTKit API as an interim workaround. This API is also deprecated, but is still shipped with MacOS 10.9.x. The eventual solution will be to use the official AV Foundation API.

See also :


which explains why this no longer works in OSX >= 10.9

To add to the comment by Alex, the AOO AvMedia extension offers a temporary workaround, but the related bug (AOO#124800) is also temporarily resolved for AOO v4.1.1 and the changes available in LO v4.2.5 / v4.3.1.