View Full Version : [ubuntu] what are the essential codecs and plugins to play videos and audios in ubuntu?

November 30th, 2008, 07:06 AM
What are the best and commonly used codecs i need to download to play videos and audios in ubuntu? currently I have no codecs installed and I'm getting errors when I try to play videos and audios. I want xine to be able to play any kind of medias I throw at it.

Need your help!

Thanks in advance!

November 30th, 2008, 07:09 AM
Just install the ubuntu-restricted-extras throught Synaptic or the terminal like so:

sudo apt-get install ubuntu-restricted-extras

November 30th, 2008, 07:10 AM
By default Ubuntu does not give you codec's and such for a reason, because distributing them without a fee in some nations is illegal.
But you can get around this easily, my suggestion is to start with medibuntu:

Medibuntu will give you an extra repostiory to load stuff like win32 codecs and other stuff with questionable "legal" status.

Xiong Chiamiov
November 30th, 2008, 07:11 AM
This sticky (http://ubuntuforums.org/showthread.php?t=766683) has some good information in it.

November 30th, 2008, 07:44 AM
just play the video u want to and it will ask u for installing codecs...