daniel.carrera at zmsl.com
Wed Jun 21 23:52:04 UTC 2006
Jean Hollis Weber wrote:
> Now to test the .wmv again. Hmm, the Totem movie player gives me the
> same error message as before:
> "You do not have a decoder installed to handle this file. You might need
> to install the necessary plugins."
Not sure what to suggest. You might want to do this:
sudo aptitude install totem-xine
You will get a warning that totem-gstreamer will be uninstalled. That's
fine. Totem has two possible back-ends, one is gstreamer and the other
is xine. The point of installing totem-xine is to see if that backend
works any better.
> BTW, I had previously installed the VLC media player, to play .ogg
> files, which it does just fine, both sound and video. VLC gives me the
> audio from .wmv, but no video.
I find that VLC, inspite of being the ugliest and least user friendly
player, has the best support for proprietary formats. So I tend to use
it as a last resort. In general, if it doesn't work on VLC I don't
expect it to work on the others.
> Thanks for any help anyone can give me. (I am abysmally ignorant of
> anything to do with audio and video files, so if I ask wrong or stupid
> questions, that's why.)
Nothing stupid. Getting proprietary multimedia to work on Ubuntu is not
trivial. That's partly inevitable, and partly a choice of shipping with
only free software by default, and partly stuff that just doesn't work
(*cough* Firefox *cough*).
"The reasonable man adapts himself to the world; the
unreasonable man tries to adapt the world to himself.
Therefore all progress depends on unreasonable men."
-- George Bernard Shaw
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