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Well, I was trying to follow this answer "beamer, media9 - play multiple videos at once", in order to play two videos at the time in one frame.

But the problem is that, after installing the packages movie9, l3kernel and l3packages I'm getting the following error:

! media9 error: "support outdated"
! Support package l3kernel too old.
! See the media9 documentation for further information.

I tried to update those packages (l3kernel and l3packages) but the error is still the same. I don't know if it will help to the understanding of the problem, but I'm using the following code:

    flashvars={source=cosafea25.flv &autoPlay=true &loop=true}]{\fbox{Play}}{VPlayer.swf}

I'm compiling in pdflatex with MikTeX in Windows 7.

Edited 8/Sep/13 1:24PM (GMT:-3)

The *.log file for the code:






This is pdfTeX, Version 3.1415926-2.4-1.40.13 (MiKTeX 2.9 64-bit) (preloaded format=pdflatex 2013.6.23)  8 SEP 2013 13:19
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Package: media9 2013/08/26 v0.31 acrobat-9/X compatible media

! media9 error: "support outdated"
! Support package l3kernel too old.
! See the media9 documentation for further information.
! For immediate help type H <return>.

l.73 }

| Please install an up to date version of l3kernel.
| Loading media9 will abort!

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[Loading MPS to PDF converter (version 2006.09.02).]
 (C:\Users\AlfonsoS\Desktop\test.aux) ) 
Here is how much of TeX's memory you used:
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No pages of output.
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Thank you for your time.

share|improve this question
Usually with MiKTeX this comes down to having a multi-user install and failing to update both in 'user' and 'admin' mode. Have you updated for both of these? – Joseph Wright Sep 8 '13 at 15:48
I did, but the error is still the same. Do you think it will be useful to update all the packages? – user215982 Sep 8 '13 at 16:13
Could you try a short file (say \documentclass{article}\usepackage{xparse}\begin{document}\end{document}) and post the .log here. It would be useful to see what path is being used for the various support files. – Joseph Wright Sep 8 '13 at 16:15
Just did that (posted in question). I also added \usepackage{media9}, because it's the package I've issues. – user215982 Sep 8 '13 at 16:35
All 'works for me' with an up-to-date MiKTeX: perhaps try syncing your package database before updating? – Joseph Wright Sep 8 '13 at 17:48
up vote 10 down vote accepted

I recently had this issue with media9 and beamer.

When I tried updating the packages didn't work for me. What worked however, was to remove and reinstall them (l3kernel and l3packages) using miktex package manager.

share|improve this answer
Sometimes, with MiKTeX, package update isn't just enough. The package database needs to be (manually) updated too, from time to time (or better just before a package update). – AlexG Nov 11 '13 at 14:22

Just to add to Chris's answer above: You may need to run the MikTex Update Manager in both Admin and non-Admin modes. In Windows that means:

Start -> All programs -> MikTex 2.9 -> Maintenance -> Update


Start -> All programs -> MikTex 2.9 -> Maintenance (Admin) -> Update (Admin)

share|improve this answer
Why not just in one mode? – Werner Mar 3 at 19:47
I'm not sure to be honest. But in my case, it only seemed to work after I had run in both modes. – Grant Mar 4 at 20:40
I would imagine running the update as Admin would be superior to and therefore also cover exactly what is achieved when running the update not as Admin. – Werner Mar 4 at 21:35

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