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Ubuntu Unleashed 2013 Edition: Covering 12.10 and 13.04, Eighth Edition by Matthew Helmke

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Viewing Video in Linux

Out of the box, Ubuntu does not support any of the proprietary video codecs due to licensing restrictions. However, this functionality can be acquired if you install the ubuntu-restricted-extras package from the Ubuntu software repositories. You can learn more about this at https://help.ubuntu.com/community/RestrictedFormats.

You can watch video files and video DVDs with Totem Movie Player (Figure 5.12), which is installed by default. This may also be used with several other file formats and for both video and audio and is especially well suited for almost anything you are likely to want to use after you install the ubuntu-restricted-extras package.

Figure 5.12. Totem Movie Player works with most common video and audio ...

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