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    Question Trouble playing videos

    AVI movie files aren't playing well in Ubuntu. I get audio but the screen stays black, there's no picture. i downloaded VLC player and mplayer and neither of them work. Same thing: Black screen with audio.

    Is there a codec pack out there that I should download or something?

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    Re: Trouble playing videos

    Have you installed the restricted extras?

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    Re: Trouble playing videos

    VLC comes with its own dependencies. Sounds more like a faulty AVI file than a codec problem. Right-click on one of your problem AVIs > Properties > Audio/Video tab. What codecs (if any) are showing under Video and Audio?

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    Re: Trouble playing videos

    Quote Originally Posted by coffeecat View Post
    VLC comes with its own dependencies. Sounds more like a faulty AVI file than a codec problem. Right-click on one of your problem AVIs > Properties > Audio/Video tab. What codecs (if any) are showing under Video and Audio?
    Every file and even other video playing programs do the same thing so i think it has something to do with the system

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    Re: Trouble playing videos

    Try this then, install mplayer-nogui and play your videos from terminal.

    Code:
    sudo aptitude -y install mplayer-nogui
    Playing video from terminal:

    Code:
    mplayer /path/to/your/video/file
    Almost all the video's can play here.None of the video's failed for me.

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    Re: Trouble playing videos

    Hmm. Xvid and mp3 shouldn't be a problem. When I said that VLC came with its own dependencies I was sure that it didn't need the restricted-extras stuff, but try installing the package ubuntu-restricted-extras (if you haven't already) just in case.

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    Re: Trouble playing videos

    Quote Originally Posted by coffeecat View Post
    Hmm. Xvid and mp3 shouldn't be a problem. When I said that VLC came with its own dependencies I was sure that it didn't need the restricted-extras stuff, but try installing the package ubuntu-restricted-extras (if you haven't already) just in case.
    Installed them, but still nothing...
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    Re: Trouble playing videos

    Quote Originally Posted by Brii View Post
    Installed them, but still nothing...

    Have you tried the one which i told you in my last post.

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    Re: Trouble playing videos

    Quote Originally Posted by karthick87 View Post
    Have you tried the one which i told you in my last post.
    Yeah I tried and got this error:

    mplayer: relocation error: mplayer: symbol rgb24toyv12, version LIBSWSCALE_0 not defined in file libswscale.so.0 with link time reference

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    Re: Trouble playing videos

    I've rarely had problems with AVI, particularly if the files are encoded with XviD.

    Might I suggest trying the version of mplayer that is maintained by the developer of the excellent smplayer GUI? Follow the instructions on this page to add the repository. (Launchpad seems rather slow at the moment, so be patient.)

    Otherwise you might try compiling your own copy of mplayer to see if that will do the trick. See

    http://ubuntuforums.org/showthread.php?t=1542240
    http://ubuntuforums.org/showpost.php...6&postcount=10

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