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Old 03-18-2003, 08:14 PM   #1
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Newbie friendly media player

I was just now looking for a good media player able to play .mpeg and .avi formats, but it seems this is an area where Linux is lagging behind (or maybe I just suck at finding things). I found MPlayer which seemed good but hard to install. Other than that they all looked pretty bad.

Is there a good, newbie friendly media player program that anybody knows of and can recomend? Or should I just try my luck with MPlayer?

Old 03-18-2003, 08:47 PM   #2
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I'm a fan of MPlayer. It's really not as hard to install as people can make it out the be. If you read ALL (I mean it... ALL) the documentation you should be able to get it right on the first try. The cool thing about MPlayer over Xine is that is plays "encrypted" DVD's out of the box. The libdvdcss and libdvdread libraries are included, so you don't have fish around the net looking for them.

If all you want is .mpg and .avi files then you really don't need to fish around searching and downloading additional codecs. Again READ the docs and study the ./configure output so you know exactly what MPlayer is going to support. Don't foget to add the GUI.

Good Luck
Old 03-18-2003, 08:47 PM   #3
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mplayer is usually consider THE player to use. sorta like xmms being used for music - it's the winamp of linux. there is a graphical frontend for mplayer though which will be easier for you to use.
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I Say Mplayer
Old 03-18-2003, 08:50 PM   #5
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Alright, I guess I'll give it a try then. It seems daunting but I'm sure I'll learn a lot along the way too.



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