[FFmpeg-user] SDL2 over x11: “SDL: could not set video mode - exiting”

Jeff secjeff at gmail.com
Wed Nov 29 11:40:02 EET 2017

Hi Moritz,

Thank you for getting back to me. I will verify the version we have today, but I have a suspicion it’s v3.2.2, which would explain the issue. I will work to have the latest version installed and see if that resolves things. I will keep you updated and will post the cli output if it remains unresolved after the upgrade.


> On Nov 28, 2017, at 12:47, Moritz Barsnick <barsnick at gmx.net> wrote:
> Hi Jeff,
>> On Mon, Nov 27, 2017 at 18:57:08 -0500, Jeff wrote:
>> When I try to run a SDL2 application (e.g., ffplay) over X11 via SSH and
>> Exceed, I receive the following error: “*SDL: could not set video mode -
>> exiting*”.
> I do remember this problem - I often use tools via X11 over SSH - but I
> cannot reproduce.
> Please show us the command line and the complete, uncut console output
> of your ffmpeg command.
>> Is there something I’m missing?
> This problem should have been fixed with this commit:
> https://github.com/FFmpeg/FFmpeg/commit/28d87899e33f2fca524c25fac62b3ffa1488391e
> which has been included in ffmpeg/ffplay since about one year, and in
> releases since version 3.3.
> I presume you are using an old version of ffmpeg and letting us try to
> solve problems for you which have long been eliminated. ;-) Please try
> a recent version of ffmpeg, preferably latest git master. (Binaries are
> available, if you need something to quickly test.)
> Moritz
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