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cccc 05-29-2010 08:53 AM

Multimedia Codecs

Howto install Multimedia Codecs for Lenny with Gnome?

sycamorex 05-29-2010 08:55 AM

craigevil 05-29-2010 10:48 AM

Depends on what you want.
Take a look at exoodles -

 Exoodles - Multimedia Installer - Version: 3.9.31 Date: 2010-02-24
The following are the available options for package installs. Please note that each
main application will also get all required codecs and libs added automatically,
so there's no need to manually install the specific codecs unless you want to.

Exoodles believes that your Debian distribution level is: unstable
and will install packages using the package manager: apt-get

You can return to this main menu to pick from another group to install
more packages, then to exit, just hit the quit number and the script will exit.

There are 3 main types of programs, which will require libraries and packages from the
following desktops, or none, in the case of CLI tools. The amount of libraries required
varies application to application, but you will see what will be added for each package
and can decide whether to install it all or not.
QT/KDE; GTK/Gnome; CLI (command line tools). The script will note which applies.

Check each subsection for complete package list.
See exoodles -h for advanced setup help options for some applications.
1 - browsers-internet google chrome, opera, opera beta, java, flash, skype,
    acroread mozilla plugin, mplayer mozilla plugin, vlc mozilla plugin.

2 - codecs-plugins libdvdcss, ffmpeg, flac, gstreamer-plugins, lame, vorbis-tools, w32codecs
3 - editing-authoring brasero, k3b, k9copy, lxdvdrip, mencoder, qdvdauthor, xdvdshrink
4 - media-players-audio aqualung, amarok, audacious, banshee, gmusicbrowser,
    quod-libet, streamtuner
5 - media-players-video mplayer, kaffeine, vlc, xine
6 - miscellaneous-media abcde, acroread, audacity, evince-gtk, Java, streamripper

7 - quit Exit script.
Please type the appropriate number and hit enter.
1) browsers-internet        4) media-players-audio        7) quit
2) codecs-plugins        5) media-players-video
3) editing-authoring        6) miscellaneous-media

cccc 05-29-2010 11:14 AM

Thx, but howto install ALL codecs?
Is it enough to install w32codecs and libdvdcss2?

craigevil 05-29-2010 01:12 PM


Originally Posted by cccc (Post 3985437)
Thx, but howto install ALL codecs?
Is it enough to install w32codecs and libdvdcss2?

It depends on what media player you use.

Totem uses gstreamer-plugins,

vlc and mplayer use ffmpeg.

For the web browser you can use vlc-mozilla, totem-mozilla or mplayerplug-in on Stable or gecko-mediaplayer on testing and sid.

libdvdcss2 is needed to play dvds.

Various media players use different plugins so it really depends on what apps you use. There is no "ALL codecs".

My browser plugins:
Installed Plugins: (10)
- Default Plugin
- DivX Browser Plug-In
- Helix DNA Plugin: RealPlayer G2 Plug-In Compatible
- Java(TM) Plug-in 1.6.0_20
- mplayerplug-in is now gecko-mediaplayer
- Plug-in
- QuickTime Plug-in 7.6.4
- RealPlayer 9
- Shockwave Flash
- Windows Media Player Plug-in

most of them come from gecko-mediaplayer. if you want real realplayer you need to download it from

ahzthecat 05-31-2010 06:30 PM

I just installed Lenny on my laptop, and was playing .avi files without adding any additional software.

cccc 05-31-2010 08:53 PM


Originally Posted by ahzthecat (Post 3987895)
I just installed Lenny on my laptop, and was playing .avi files without adding any additional software.

Which player are u using?

ahzthecat 06-01-2010 03:56 AM

I used Totem, the default player. Just double clicked on the .avi file, and it fired right up.
I searched for codec files via Synaptic PM, now that I think about it, and installed one codec for decoding mpeg 1,2,&3 audio streams. Can`t recall which one it was though. If you`re having trouble getting videos or mp3s to play, search for the formats you want to use (+codec) in Synaptic. You should find what you need with little trouble.
Good Luck!

craigevil 06-01-2010 12:57 PM

For Totem:
* gst-plugins-base
the basic and essential plug-ins for GStreamer
* gstreamer0.10-plugins-good
the plug-ins for most Open formats
* gstreamer0.10-plugins-ugly
good-quality plug-ins that might pose distribution problems, needed for DVD playback
* gstreamer0.10-plugins-bad
a set of plug-ins that need more work, needed for DVD playback as well
* gstreamer0.10-ffmpeg
FFmpeg-based plug-in, contains all the basic decoders for popular codecs, such as DivX and WMV
Other gstreamer plugins you may want:
gstreamer0.10-lame - GStreamer lame plugin ( in the repo)
gstreamer0.10-x264 - GStreamer x264 plugin ( in the repo)
gstreamer0.10-fluendo-mp3 - Fluendo mp3 decoder GStreamer plugin

Totem should pull everything in it needs other than the last three plugins listed above.

For mplayer install it and ffmpeg from along with libdvdcss2

if you prefer vlc install it and ffmpeg from the normal Debian repo, and libdvdcss2 from dmm repo.

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