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Yes it can. Go to xmms.org and check out the input plugins. There's one for mpegs (SMPEG for XMMS it's called) and one for avi's (avi-xmms). Although you'd probably be better off getting a dedicated player, such as xine or mplayer - I know the last time I used avi-xmms, it played my movie files fine, with perfect resolution and lovely stereo sound. But upside-down. They might have fixed that now though
Rather than use the smpeg and avi-xmms plugins separately for video within xmms, I prefer the xmmplayer plugin, which uses mplayer as a backend for all the video types mplayer supports. Mplayer tends to have better performance and compatibility than the smpeg and avi plugins as well, in my experience.