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    HOWTO: Easy way to play video files.

    There is easy way to play video files!
    Enable in synaptic universe repositories and install vlc and gvlc (type videolan in search window). This is all . Watch movies.

    in terminal it should look like this:
    sudo apt-get update
    sudo apt-get install vlc
    sudo apt-get install gvlc

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    Re: HOWTO: Easy way to play video files.

    Quote Originally Posted by tanari
    There is easy way to play video files!
    Enable in synaptic universe repositories and install vlc and gvlc (type videolan in search window). This is all . Watch movies.

    in terminal it should look like this:
    sudo apt-get update
    sudo apt-get install vlc
    sudo apt-get install gvlc
    I'm having problem to get vlc work properly on my external monitor. it works great on the laptop but on the external monitor it's just black. any idea how to solve this?

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    Re: HOWTO: Easy way to play video files.

    Quote Originally Posted by Abumosmar
    I'm having problem to get vlc work properly on my external monitor. it works great on the laptop but on the external monitor it's just black. any idea how to solve this?
    I know that in Windows XP ( ) you had to set the external monitor as the primary monitor to view video on it. Find the linux command to do that and you're in business

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    Re: HOWTO: Easy way to play video files.

    Can I get VLC to play WMV3 files?

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    Re: HOWTO: Easy way to play video files.

    Quote Originally Posted by x03
    Can I get VLC to play WMV3 files?
    Basically vlc can play a wide range of video format...
    WMV files are sometimes a bit tricky but it's getting better with latest version, so it's probably interesting to get the last version from hoary (0.8.1)

    I don't find gvlc so interesting and I really prefer the basic interface coming with wxvlc.

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    Re: HOWTO: Easy way to play video files.

    Quote Originally Posted by Murmex
    Basically vlc can play a wide range of video format...
    WMV files are sometimes a bit tricky but it's getting better with latest version, so it's probably interesting to get the last version from hoary (0.8.1)

    I don't find gvlc so interesting and I really prefer the basic interface coming with wxvlc.
    Unfortunally VLC doesn't play WMV3 files.... I've donwloaded all plugins and using VLC 0.8.1 from Hoary and can't play this type of media.
    I only have sound, no image. If I start VLC from console I have this message:
    "[00000272] main decoder error: no suitable decoder module for fourcc `WMV3'.
    VLC probably does not support this sound or video format."

    Any suggestions ?

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    Re: HOWTO: Easy way to play video files.

    I tried the "apt-get install vlc" command, but what's returned are a bunch of uninstallable dependencies (i.e. libdvdplay0, liddvdread2, libpng2, etc).

    Any ideas?

    Thanks!

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    Re: HOWTO: Easy way to play video files.

    Okay, I figured out that I needed to add the additional repositories. I now have VLC installed, and can manage to get audio out of an MPEG-2 file, but the video screen is black. Any suggestions would be greatly appreciated! Thanks.

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    Re: HOWTO: Easy way to play video files.

    Well, it turns out I have answered my own questions! VLC is working fine, but it's my old laptop (CPiA 366 w/ only 2.5MB video RAM) that can't handle an MPEG-2 stream. It can handle MPEG-1 streams though.

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