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Old 11-14-2004, 02:09 AM   #1
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Cannot play video


Hi,

I just transfered all my videos from my Windows computer. And cannot play any of them. I assume I will have to get another video player other than the Helix that comes with FC3. And the codecs too. But where do I start?
 
Old 11-14-2004, 02:23 AM   #2
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There are many video players for linux including Xine and Mplayer. They both have most of the codecs you will need. As far as ease of install I personally have had better luck with mplayer which can be found here --> http://www.mplayerhq.hu/homepage/design7/news.html I would go to the site and read up on the installation, all the tools/codecs you will need are available there.
fyi...xine is available here --> http://xinehq.de/ if you decide to go that route.

best of luck.

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Old 11-14-2004, 02:32 AM   #3
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You may just need to locate the codecs. There are two players that usually come with linux called 'xine' and 'mplayer'

When Helix doesn't play a video, does it say what codec it needed. If not use the 'file' command. It may tell you in the description of the file.
 
Old 11-15-2004, 06:55 PM   #5
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Thanks for the help everyone. But it appears that mplayer is not available for Fedora Core 3 RPM yet. I am a supernewbie who only knows how to install prepared RPMs.
 
Old 11-15-2004, 08:09 PM   #6
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If you notice, the links above are for the FC3 rpms :P

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Old 11-15-2004, 08:50 PM   #7
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it's better to compile mplayer by yourself.

it is really easy.

use tar -xvzf <filename>.tar.gz
to uncompress a tar.gz file.
(if it is a <filename>.tar.bz2
do bunzip2 <filename>.tar.bz2
and then tar -xvf <filename>.tar)

then enter mplayer directory and type less INSTALL to read the file that refers to installations.

download the codecs, and uncompress them in the same way.

put the codecs in /usr/local/share/codecs or something like that, (it's all written in the INSTALL file).

then go to MPlayers directory again and type ./configure --enable-gui
then type make,
and then as root type make install.
download some Skins for the gui uncompress them and place the folders in /usr/local/share/mplayer/Skin
rename one of the Skin folders to default, or make a soft link.
e.x.
ln -s /usr/local/share/mplayer/Skin/Blue /usr/local/share/mplayer/Skin/default

download a font uncompress it and place one of the containing folders to /usr/local/share/mplayer/font

thats all.

use gmplayer for the gui player
or mplayer for text-based player
 
Old 11-17-2004, 05:26 AM   #8
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Quote:
Originally posted by linux_terror
If you notice, the links above are for the FC3 rpms :P

linux_terror
I went to the link you gave me, and then went to Downloads. Click on US. They forwarded me to the link below.

http://luna.cs.ccsu.edu/dominik/mpla...loads-cvs.html

I went here, all I could find was FC1 and 2.

Last edited by Cyberian; 11-17-2004 at 05:35 AM.
 
Old 11-17-2004, 05:34 AM   #9
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Quote:
Originally posted by perfect_circle
it's better to compile mplayer by yourself.

it is really easy.

use tar -xvzf <filename>.tar.gz
to uncompress a tar.gz file.
(if it is a <filename>.tar.bz2
do bunzip2 <filename>.tar.bz2
and then tar -xvf <filename>.tar)

then enter mplayer directory and type less INSTALL to read the file that refers to installations.

download the codecs, and uncompress them in the same way.

put the codecs in /usr/local/share/codecs or something like that, (it's all written in the INSTALL file).

then go to MPlayers directory again and type ./configure --enable-gui
then type make,
and then as root type make install.
download some Skins for the gui uncompress them and place the folders in /usr/local/share/mplayer/Skin
rename one of the Skin folders to default, or make a soft link.
e.x.
ln -s /usr/local/share/mplayer/Skin/Blue /usr/local/share/mplayer/Skin/default

download a font uncompress it and place one of the containing folders to /usr/local/share/mplayer/font

thats all.

use gmplayer for the gui player
or mplayer for text-based player
I never succeed any installation of non-RPMs. Except for Firefox. I always get an error during the './configure' part. (Firefox did not have to ./configure.) I don't know what I did wrong. I followed the newbie guide perfectly. 1. tar -xvzf file.tar.gz or j if bz2. 2. cd to extracted directory. 3. ./configure

That is where I always get an error.
 
Old 11-17-2004, 05:57 AM   #10
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what error?
 
Old 11-18-2004, 03:50 AM   #11
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intercodes posted the rpm list, i just saw the filenames stamped with FC3, didn't follow the links, sorry for the confusion.

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