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    HOWTO: Win32 Video Codecs (AMD64 and 64bit systems)

    This HOWTO is mainly aimed at all the users of Ubuntu 64bit (although it would work also on a 32bit system) who can't (obviously) install these codecs using the repositories.

    If you want to watch your movies (avi and wmv) or listen to your music files (wma) which require Win32 codecs this is what you need:

    1)You have to OWN A LEGAL COPY of Windows, because these are proprietary codecs (somebody correct me if I'm wrong)

    2)Install “xine-ui” and “totem-xine” in Synaptic or type in the command line:
    sudo apt-get install xine-ui ; totem-xine

    3) Launch Xine (or Totem) and try to play a video (this will create a .config file)

    4) Download the codecs from this website:

    http://www.mplayerhq.hu/homepage/design7/dload.html
    (just download the “essential codecs package”)

    5) Open the command line(“Konsole” if you are using KDE, “Terminal” if you are using GNOME) and follow these steps:

    a) Get to the directory where you have downloaded the file (/home/alberto/downloads in my case)

    cd /home/alberto/downloads

    b) Create the directory in which you are going to put the codecs (/usr/lib/win32)

    sudo mkdir /usr/lib/win32

    c) Now, assuming the file you downloaded is “essential-20050412.tar.bz2”:

    tar -xjf essential-20050412.tar.bz2 (this will extract the file)

    sudo mv essential-20050412/* /usr/lib/win32 (this command will move the files to the desired folder)

    d) Now restart xine (if you were using it)

    Congratulations, now you can open wma, wmv, and avi files by using Totem and Xine!

    Alberto

    UPDATE: It seems wmv9 don't work with my HOWTO.
    Last edited by tseliot; September 29th, 2005 at 02:40 PM. Reason: Revision of the entire process

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    Re: HOWTO: Win32 Video Codecs (AMD64 and 64bit systems)

    Wow! is this realy working on 64bit? cool.
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    Re: HOWTO: Win32 Video Codecs (AMD64 and 64bit systems)

    Yes, this is one more reason not to switch back to Ubuntu 32bit. C'mon let's improve Ubuntu 64 support!

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    Re: HOWTO: Win32 Video Codecs (AMD64 and 64bit systems)

    Someone, please add this to the wiki.
    Those folks who try to impose analog rules on digital content will find themselves on the wrong side of the tidal wave.
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    Re: HOWTO: Win32 Video Codecs (AMD64 and 64bit systems)

    This would be an honour for me. Thanks

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    Re: HOWTO: Win32 Video Codecs (AMD64 and 64bit systems)

    I meant it would be an honour for me if someone put it in the Wiki. I don't know how to do it.

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    Re: HOWTO: Win32 Video Codecs (AMD64 and 64bit systems)

    Thank you for this

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    Re: HOWTO: Win32 Video Codecs (AMD64 and 64bit systems)

    Impressive!!

    Let's try to reach 100% equallity between 32 and 64 bit!! We can do it!!

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    Re: HOWTO: Win32 Video Codecs (AMD64 and 64bit systems)

    Quote Originally Posted by kostkon
    Impressive!!

    Let's try to reach 100% equallity between 32 and 64 bit!! We can do it!!
    That's the spirit
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    Re: HOWTO: Win32 Video Codecs (AMD64 and 64bit systems)

    Quote Originally Posted by tseliot

    /home/.xine/config
    Thank you tseliot, but I think you lack something there between "/home" and "/.xine". Maybe you can say just ~/.xine/config.

    By the way, even with that corrected, after following your directions I tried to play a WMV (version 9) in my AMD64 K8 Ubuntu, to no avail.
    Last edited by etitor; August 5th, 2005 at 11:25 PM.

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