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Linux® For Dummies®, 8th Edition by Richard Blum, Dee-Ann LeBlanc

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Viewing Movie Files

With the popularity of digital video recorders, it’s not uncommon to receive a video clip of your niece’s ballet recital in an e-mail message, or from a file-sharing site. These files are often stored in a variety of video formats:

AVI: Audio Visual Interleave format, a standard video format supported by most video software packages.
DivX: A proprietary AVI video compression format that must be licensed to work in Linux.
MPG: Moving Pictures Experts Group (mpeg) standard format. This includes both MPEG and MPG formats.
WMV: Windows Media Video format, a proprietary Microsoft format.
RM: The RealNetworks proprietary video format. This requires the RealOne video player.
MOV (and QT): The proprietary Apple QuickTime video formats.

The default video file viewer in Fedora is Totem. You can start Totem either by double-clicking a saved video file, or launch it from the Panel menu by choosing ApplicationsSound & VideoMovie Player.

As with the Firefox video plug-ins, due to licensing restrictions, the default Totem installation is somewhat limited in the types of files it can play. You can obtain the complete version of Totem, which supports more file types, by uninstalling Totem and installing the original software package. Just follow the installation steps in Chapter ...

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