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    mp4 not playing

    i have a video on my box that is in MP4 format. mplayer nor any other video players do not recognise and therefore not play the file. how do i convert the file to AVI or divx format so i can watch the video?
    thanks

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    Re: mp4 not playing

    Do you have ubuntu-restricted-extras (or lubuntu-restricted extras for lubuntu, etc) installed? You can find it in the Software Centre (you may have to click 'show x technical items'), or from the command-line (press 'ctrl+alt+t' to bring up a terminal emulator window) you can use

    Code:
    sudo apt-get install ubuntu-restricted-extras
    You'll have to enter your password either way. This solves 90% of video and audio problems on Ubuntu.

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    Re: mp4 not playing

    Quote Originally Posted by witblits1970 View Post
    i have a video on my box that is in MP4 format. mplayer nor any other video players do not recognise and therefore not play the file. how do i convert the file to AVI or divx format so i can watch the video?
    I suspect you have an mp4 container that holds probably an audio stream and a video stream, at least one of which is giving you trouble (rather than the mp4 container itself). If evilsoup's suggestion does not fix the issue can you upload the file somewhere so I can have a look?
    You think that's air you're breathing now?

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