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Old 03-17-2015, 09:38 AM   #1
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Playing avi files in Linux


Hi, I'm fairly new to Linux. I want to be able to play large avi files (~2GB) on a Red Hat Linux machine. I need to be able to step forward and backwards in the file a frame at a time and to capure selected frames as pictures. The ability to vary the play back speed would also be nice but not necessary. Can anyone suggest a suitable program to do this? Thanks.
 
Old 03-17-2015, 09:41 AM   #2
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Hi, I'm fairly new to Linux. I want to be able to play large avi files (~2GB) on a Red Hat Linux machine. I need to be able to step forward and backwards in the file a frame at a time and to capure selected frames as pictures. The ability to vary the play back speed would also be nice but not necessary. Can anyone suggest a suitable program to do this? Thanks.
There are MANY, but we need some details. You say "Red Hat"...what version? System architecture? And please be aware that if you're talking about Red Hat ENTERPRISE Linux, that is typically meant for SERVERS...support for media editing/graphics programs may be spotty and/or difficult. Is there a reason you are using RHEL??

That said, there is Kino (for the KDE desktop), Cinelerra, and Pitivi, all do what you're after. Installing these things may be difficult for RHEL, though.
 
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Hi TBOne, thanks for replying. I'm running RH version 6.5 on a normal HP workstation. I'm running this version because it is what I've been given. Does any of this make any difference to the players you mentioned? If not I'll try the three you suggested. Thanks again.
 
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It has a 64-bit Intel processor.
 
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Hi TBOne, thanks for replying. I'm running RH version 6.5 on a normal HP workstation. I'm running this version because it is what I've been given. Does any of this make any difference to the players you mentioned? If not I'll try the three you suggested. Thanks again.
You say you've been given this RHEL...who gave it to you?? And I had mentioned previously about RHEL not really being a good choice for 'consumer' hardware...you don't say what kind of hardware, only what kind of processor.

Again, RHEL is meant for servers...if someone gave it to you, did they also purchase you a subscription??? And again, what kind of desktop environment are you using? Gnome or KDE??? Any of the editors I mentioned *CAN* run on RHEL, but again, installing them may be tricky...without a paid RHEL subscription, you may not be able to install the right libraries easily, and things may be fairly complex.

If this is a brand-new installation on a laptop or 'consumer' workstation with decent graphics (like an nVidia card), I'd strongly suggest you stop where you are, and install either Fedora (if you want to stay within the RHEL ecosystem), or Linux Mint. Either will be easier to use, and support for higher-end graphics will be easier to obtain/install. Also, the programs mentioned will probably be in their online repositories, so installing them will take a few mouse-clicks, rather than compiling a lot of software from source.
 
  


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