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    Angry Codec Help!

    In order to do the right thing, I guess, I purchased the Fluendo codec pack for my new install on of Hardy Heron. However, after copying the files to /usr/lib/gstreamer, where there are a bunch of other files, I still can't play back .mp4, .avi, frankly any video file including DVD's. I can listen to mp3 now and watch .wmv, but that's about it. I've searched all over these forums and Googled it, but I can't find out what's going on. When I try to play a DVD the codec buddy suggests I try to install the "ugly" set of plugins. Doesn't that defeat the purpose of buying the Fluendo plugins? When I try to open a mp4 file, Totem states can't find location.

    Help please!!
    Last edited by kringle; April 28th, 2008 at 01:03 AM. Reason: update
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    Re: Codec Help!

    Medibuntu might be what you need to fix all your problems

    https://help.ubuntu.com/community/Medibuntu

    After adding the repos according to the webpage, install the w32codecs using a terminal window or the Synactip Packet Manager.
    The webpage also explains how to enable playing DVDs.

    sudo apt-get install w32codecs
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    Re: Codec Help!

    OK, so you bought the codecs, now just install the ones that work and you can consider yourself paid up.

    Go to System > Administration > Software Sources and make sure the first 4 sources are checked.

    Close the box and open a terminal by going to:
    Applications > Accessories > terminal
    type the following and hit enter:
    Code:
    sudo apt-get update
    then:
    Code:
    sudo apt-get install ubuntu-restricted-extras
    (I am assuming you are running Ubuntu. If you are running Kubuntu, change the command to kubuntu-restricted-extras)

    That will get you java, flash, msttcorefonts and a lot of other things.

    Now, for DVD's, type the following in the terminal and hit enter:
    Code:
    sudo wget http://www.medibuntu.org/sources.list.d/hardy.list -O /etc/apt/sources.list.d/medibuntu.list
    Then do the same with this:
    Code:
    sudo apt-get update && sudo apt-get install medibuntu-keyring && sudo apt-get update
    What we have just done is added a new repository called "medibuntu" and it's gpg key. This is the multimedia repository that contains proprietary codecs, like the ones you just paid for.

    Now, let's install codecs to play DVD's:
    Code:
    sudo apt-get update
    Code:
    sudo apt-get libdvdcss2
    And, just for good measure:
    Code:
    sudo apt-get install ffmpeg
    This package contains the ffplay multimedia player, the ffserver streaming
    server and the ffmpeg audio and video encoder. They support most existing
    file formats (AVI, MPEG, OGG, Matroska, ASF...) and encoding formats (MPEG,
    DivX, MPEG4, AC3, DV...).

    And finally:
    Code:
    sudo apt-get install w32codecs
    You should be pretty set now.

    Have fun and welcome to Ubuntu.
    Last edited by mgmiller; April 28th, 2008 at 01:24 AM.
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    Re: Codec Help!

    I forgot about the ffmpeg stuff, but even after following your suggestions to the letter* I can't seem to open certain .avi files. Totem tells me : could not determine type of stream. It's doing mp4 and other avi files OK

    * sudo apt-get libdvdcss2 should be sudo apt-get install libdvdcss2

    BTW the .avi file I can't open is Xvid format
    Last edited by linmix; May 3rd, 2008 at 10:49 PM. Reason: added info

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    Re: Codec Help!

    i am having the same problem. though i have some anime in .avi format that runs fine .. i cannot get any of my players to run my .avi movies. i am using vlc,kaffine,Mplayer,totem,xine. i even tried vlc in wine ...

    iv done everything in this post and still no movie for me

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    Re: Codec Help!

    Oh bother! Never mind, the file was corrupted. I found a backup I made some time ago and it worked flawlessly.

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