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    Why is "Videos" preinstalled, but not the needed codecs?

    If I start the preinstalled program "Videos", the videos can't start, because of missing Video-codecs.

    This helps to install the codecs:
    https://websiteforstudents.com/how-t...-04-16-04-lts/
    After that all works fine.

    But if the codecs don't exists in a fresh installed Ubuntu, why is then an application preinstalled, which need it?

    Or is it possible to write the needed codec download commands in an shell-script, which is then placed on the desktop, so that it can be easily done.

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    Re: Why is "Videos" preinstalled, but not the needed codecs?

    There are legal issues connected with playing or especially recording protected content depending on your location so certain codec packages are not installed by default.
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    Re: Why is "Videos" preinstalled, but not the needed codecs?

    Selecting this box during install has prevented me from having those issues for years.
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    Re: Why is "Videos" preinstalled, but not the needed codecs?

    Quote Originally Posted by theuserbl View Post
    But if the codecs don't exists in a fresh installed Ubuntu, why is then an application preinstalled, which need it?
    The application only needs the codecs to play certain formats. It's not like it's completely useless without the extra codecs.

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    Re: Why is "Videos" preinstalled, but not the needed codecs?

    My main critic is why this application is called "videos" ?
    After installing timidity I discovered it plays midi files.
    The same goes for "file manager" there are lots of them
    sometimes they even share the same icon.
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    Re: Why is "Videos" preinstalled, but not the needed codecs?

    I tend to no use the default applications 95% of the time. For videos, I simply add the VLC PPA and install that. Never any issues again. If VLC can't play a video, then I don't actually want that video.

    There's a faster tool, mpv, that deals with videos well, but it uses a CLI interface, which I prefer. It also handles audio files cleanly without hassle mpv *3 will play all the mp3 files in the current directory, for example. Simple, fast, effective. To play all the ogg files from /music down, recursively, use
    Code:
    mpv `find /music -type f -iname \*ogg`
    fast, simple, effective.

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    Re: Why is "Videos" preinstalled, but not the needed codecs?

    Yup, VLC is on my install list. as least until Canonical blocks us from installing anything other than Snaps. VLC is already listed as a Snap in Software, but the deb is still working for now.

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    Re: Why is "Videos" preinstalled, but not the needed codecs?

    Quote Originally Posted by uRock View Post
    Yup, VLC is on my install list. as least until Canonical blocks us from installing anything other than Snaps. VLC is already listed as a Snap in Software, but the deb is still working for now.
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    Re: Why is "Videos" preinstalled, but not the needed codecs?

    Quote Originally Posted by TheFu View Post
    There's a faster tool, mpv, that deals with videos well, but it uses a CLI interface, which I prefer.
    Another vote here for mpv which has taken off where the venerable MPlayer foundered. Extra bonus is a nice integration with SMPlayer so a gui is also possible...
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    Re: Why is "Videos" preinstalled, but not the needed codecs?

    mpv + SMPlayer has been my preferred video system since mpv replaced mplayer.
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