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Old 05-16-2004, 05:28 PM   #1
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*EASY* video playing?

hi there,

I (being the notorious linux newbie) just tried to play some videos on my shiny new gnome desktop. Needless to say, it didn't work. So I read about mplayer and that this is supposed to be THE video app to use. Well I installed it, entered 'mplayer filename.mpg" and all I got was about two screens full of error messages. thank you.

is this linux?

so is there a video player out there that I just install and play videos with? or is the simple task of playing videos yet another journey into linux land, where nothing works unless you spend a week full of research, googling and configuring textfiles (just to play a video)?

as you can see I am quite frustrated with this and would appreciate some positive feedback before I fade back into windows land, where everything you want is just a mouseclick away...

excuse the sarcasm please... any help IS in fact appreciated.

Old 05-16-2004, 06:19 PM   #2
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there is a small but import difference between windows and linux: with linux it is a good idea to read manuals and error messages, then everything is just a mouse click away or even less

if you dont understand the error message, post it and someone will explain it to you
Old 05-16-2004, 06:28 PM   #3
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nah, thanks. I found xine. that does the job without asking questions. just like windows.
Old 05-16-2004, 08:20 PM   #4
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you didn't mention what distro your using. I've got Mandrake 10.0 and mplayer running very nicely on it with a gui a lot like Power DVD in Win XP. no command line required. but I agree xine will do well for you also.

enjoy your dvds......

Old 05-17-2004, 04:29 AM   #5
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I am on Fedora Core2


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