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    Question Can't play DVD format .avi's

    How can I play DVD video with .avi extension on XBMC or another video player.

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    Re: Can't play DVD format .avi's

    You'll have to consult xbmc's help section to figure out how to work it, but this page will get you to enable playback on your system:

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

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    Re: Can't play DVD format .avi's

    You mean you have a DVD with a bunch of AVI files on it? In most cases you should just be able to open the DVD, double-click a file, and it should play with most modern player software. Did you try that and have it fail? We need a bit more information about what you mean by "can't play".

    Perhaps you mean you have a DVD rip in the AVI container? Again you should be able to play that by double-clicking the filename to launch a player.

    I recommend SMPlayer as a general-purpose media player. It runs mplayer as the engine and provides a nice GUI. One advantage of having mplayer installed is that it provides excellent diagnostics when run from the command line. Running "mplayer /path/to/file.avi" should give you some clues about what's going wrong. SMPlayer makes that same information available via Options > View Logs > MPlayer.
    Last edited by SeijiSensei; July 4th, 2012 at 04:43 PM.

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    Re: Can't play DVD format .avi's

    Quote Originally Posted by deadflowr View Post
    You'll have to consult xbmc's help section to figure out how to work it, but this page will get you to enable playback on your system:

    https://help.ubuntu.com/community/RestrictedFormats
    I downloaded it.

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    Re: Can't play DVD format .avi's

    Quote Originally Posted by SeijiSensei View Post
    You mean you have a DVD with a bunch of AVI files on it? In most cases you should just be able to open the DVD, double-click a file, and it should play with most modern player software. Did you try that and have it fail? We need a bit more information about what you mean by "can't play".

    Perhaps you mean you have a DVD rip in the AVI container? Again you should be able to play that by double-clicking the filename to launch a player.

    I recommend SMPlayer as a general-purpose media player. It runs mplayer as the engine and provides a nice GUI. One advantage of having mplayer installed is that it provides excellent diagnostics when run from the command line. Running "mplayer /path/to/file.avi" should give you some clues about what's going wrong. SMPlayer makes that same information available via Options > View Logs > MPlayer.
    When I try to play this video on ubuntu default movie player I get this error:
    Required plugin could not be found

    Python (v2.7) requires to install plugins to play media files of the following type: On2 VP7 decoder
    I have xbmc media center and I can play xvid, dvix or .mp4 but can't play
    AVI video (video/x-msvideo)
    Best Regards

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    Re: Can't play DVD format .avi's

    Quote Originally Posted by Deniz343 View Post
    I downloaded it.
    I don't understand what you mean. Downloaded what?

    Did you install the restricted-extras package?

    Did you enable the command:

    Code:
     sudo /usr/share/doc/libdvdread4/install-css.sh
    Running this command I've never had an issue with .avi files. In fact all of my family home movies recently converted from VHS are in .avi format, and playback seamlessly. I've watched innumerable netflix DVD's as well.

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    Re: Can't play DVD format .avi's

    The problem isn't that the files are stored in the AVI "container" but that they are encoded with the On2 VP7 codec. A solution to that problem is described here:

    http://ubuntuforums.org/showthread.php?t=1719370

    However this will only work with mplayer on 32-bit systems. The VP7 codec is 32-bit and won't work with 64-bit mplayer. Some possible solutions are discussed in that thread.

    Just for reference, multimedia files consist of what is called a "container" like AVI, Matroska (.mkv), or MP4, in which is stored the various "streams" -- audio, video, and subtitles. Those streams are encoded with "codecs" like H.264, XviD, or in your case VP7. So the problem isn't that you cannot play AVI files, but that you cannot play a file where the video is encoded with VP7.

    CSS isn't the problem here either. That's the encryption scheme used on commercial DVDs. If the files exist as AVIs they have already been ripped or otherwise acquired.
    Last edited by SeijiSensei; July 4th, 2012 at 05:38 PM.

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    Re: Can't play DVD format .avi's

    Quote Originally Posted by deadflowr View Post
    I don't understand what you mean. Downloaded what?

    Did you install the restricted-extras package?

    Did you enable the command:

    Code:
     sudo /usr/share/doc/libdvdread4/install-css.sh
    Running this command I've never had an issue with .avi files. In fact all of my family home movies recently converted from VHS are in .avi format, and playback seamlessly. I've watched innumerable netflix DVD's as well.
    I did what you sad but no luck on this file to work: https://rapidshare.com/files/2269910....KEGGERMAN.avi please check this file.

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    Re: Can't play DVD format .avi's

    I'm sorry to say that this seems to be a vexing issue for you. Looking around I've found the solution in seijisensei's thread link to be the best working solution available at the moment. I don't know if any video converter programs would work to convert the format to a more appeasing codec.

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    Re: Can't play DVD format .avi's

    I found this really old forum link of how to convert vp7

    http://ubuntuforums.org/showthread.php?t=502179

    It might help.

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