I am preparing a major presentation, and repeatedly met this problem.
In the first place, I ascribed it to different branches of LO, as the
computer in the theatre runs LO on Windows as opposed to my private where
Linux (Ubuntu) is run.
Now, this is how to reproduce:
1. Get yourself some audio samples (mp3 in this case) and store them on your
local hard disk drive.
2. Prepare some slides using LO Impress 5.0.5. on linux.
3. Select any slide and for sounds click "other sounds".
4. Now chose any locally stored mp3 file.
5. Check the presentation (it will run fine if you have all the codecs at least).
6. Save the presentation ODP to a USB pen drive.
7. Take this pen drive to any other computer and open it with LO 5.
Expected Behaviour: Sounds should play
Experienced Behaviour: Sounds are gone.
I found out, that thus added sounds are not embedded but saved as links.
When I rename the local folder, the sounds won't play either. In this
case, the file/sound names are still displayed.
When the path is not present at all, without any complaints while opening (!),
the entry reads "No Sound" for slide transition.
(PPT Exports cause at least some corruption warning when being opend with PP).
If possible, the user should be asked if sounds should be embedded (especially for small files < 1MiB).
It should also be transparent, which files are just linked. I suggest to have a view of all media displayed in a tree structure, possibly with toc.
There is already the compression tool that can replace OLE links by static instances. But sound/media is not handled separately, here, I think.
It is really quite frustrating if you designed you own transition sounds and during presentation there is nothing but silence...
The only solution (workaround) that comes into my mind here, is to copy all sounds to the USB pen drive, and re-assign sounds. Apropos: When adding several sounds from the same folder, it would be handy, if the last folder used was set to be the default folder for the next sound.
Thank you for reading,
confirmed for most recent version.
At least, audio file locations seem to be stored with relative paths,
so I could open my presentation on another linux PC with sounds,
when the audio files were added from the usb where the odp
file is located.
Not testet with windows (drive letters instead of mount points).
*** This bug has been marked as a duplicate of bug 67544 ***