[asterisk-users] ast_writefile: No such format 'h261', yet h261 is the only video format that works.

David Woodfall dave at dawoodfall.net
Fri Mar 21 13:09:44 CDT 2014

>H.323 is a communications protocol like SIP.   H261 is a codec like ulaw or gsm.      You do not need H323 unless you are using the H323 protocol INSTEAD of SIP.

I see. In Ekiga video codec window they are listed like:

[ ] h261    90kHz H.323. SIP

Which is what I'm going by. The address that I'm connecting to /is/ a
sip: address. I assumed from the 'H.323' that it was needed. If that's
not the case, then something else is missing for the codecs to not be


>-----Original Message-----
>From: asterisk-users-bounces at lists.digium.com [mailto:asterisk-users-bounces at lists.digium.com] On Behalf Of David Woodfall
>Sent: Friday, March 21, 2014 1:37 PM
>To: asterisk-users at lists.digium.com
>Subject: Re: [asterisk-users] ast_writefile: No such format 'h261', yet h261 is the only video format that works.
>On (21/03/14 13:28), Adrian Serafini <wealwildwon at wombit.com> put forth the proposition:
>>>If h261 is checked in ekiga's video format list I have video, and
>>>[Mar 21 16:25:32] WARNING[31818][C-00000010]: file.c:1241
>>>ast_writefile: No such format 'h261'
>>Ekiga can do SIP.  Maybe try that?  And set/prioritize the codec in
>>ekiga to desired codec, not h261.
>I am using SIP. I've tried all sorts of ordering/checking/unchecking.
>The problem seems to be related to not having h323 installed.
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