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    Cannot Play .wmv videos

    HI,

    Does anyone know how to play .wmv files, i have tried downloading and installing the following:

    " GStreamer ffmpeg video plugin
    Codecs to play mpeg, divx, mpeg4, ac3, wmv and asf files "

    Alos tried using both VLC media player and movie player, in movie player the video does not show but i can hear the audio and in media player i get the following error:

    "No suitable decoder module: VLC does not support the audio or video format "MSS2". Unfortunately there is no way for you to fix this.".


    any help is greatly appreciated .

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    Re: Cannot Play .wmv videos

    Have you tried to install the Ubuntu Restricted Extras?


    I on the other hand am not able to play videos with that installed, but once I uninstall it, my videos work fine... pretty odd...
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    Re: Cannot Play .wmv videos

    I have no problem with Chrome but Firefox is choppy and I suspect the codec may not be fully supported in Firefox. I have not tried downloading any videos though.
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    Re: Cannot Play .wmv videos

    mss2 (microsoft screen codec - Windows Media Video 9 Screen) can only be decoded in a 32bit mplayer with w32codecs installed.

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    Re: Cannot Play .wmv videos

    mss2 (microsoft screen codec - Windows Media Video 9 Screen) can only be decoded in a 32bit mplayer with w32codecs installed.
    Does this mean that Ubuntu cannot play .wmv videos ?

    If no where can i get this codec.

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    Re: Cannot Play .wmv videos

    Quote Originally Posted by Robert R View Post
    Does this mean that Ubuntu cannot play .wmv videos ?

    If no where can i get this codec.
    No, it means that only mplayer on a 32 bit install with w32codecs can decoded a wmv that is mss2 format
    (wmv is just the container
    All the other varieties of wmv will work just fine with most players
    (wmv2, wmv3, Vc-1, ect.

    If you are on a 32 bit install then install mplayer, a frontend if desired like smplayer, gnome-mplayer, kplayer, umplayer, ect.

    You can get 32codecs from here
    http://packages.medibuntu.org/precise/w32codecs.html
    (just download & d. click on the .deb to install

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