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clenny

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Mplayer no longer opens and plays quicktime movies (extension .mov). It did before but won't now. What gives? Did I inadvertently remove some codecs or something? It would be great if someone could point me toward the codecs and how to install them. BTW, I've tried other players like VLC and Xine and they don't play .mov moives either, although VLC did before.
 

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Automatix, huh. I've heard of it but declined to try to install it before now. perhaps it's worth a try. I'll let you know.
 
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It's really great for those who aren't used to Linux - and even those who are. It allows you to install things that go against the whole GNU/Linux philosophy but . . . I'm assuming you're cool with that!
 
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clenny said:
Mplayer no longer opens and plays quicktime movies (extension .mov). It did before but won't now. What gives? Did I inadvertently remove some codecs or something? It would be great if someone could point me toward the codecs and how to install them. BTW, I've tried other players like VLC and Xine and they don't play .mov moives either, although VLC did before.
Hi clenny,

What distro of LInux are you using?

-- Tom
 
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Hi clenny,

If you confirm you are running Ubuntu Linux, here are the instructions for installing gcc and mplayer, if not then you may still be able to use the instructions by locating whatever source release for mplayer that works for your Linux release distro.

Note: I assume you have uninstalled all traces of mplayer and do not have gcc on your Linux distro. Info on Windows codecs included.

1. To get and install the gcc compiler release (4.0) version (4.0.3) for Ubuntu 6.0.6 LTS:

a. First make the following changes to /etc/apt/sources.list from the root account (i.e. sudo -i) in order to get the gcc/g++ compiler suite and tools:
< # deb http://archive.ubuntu.com/ubuntu dapper universe
< # deb-src http://archive.ubuntu.com/ubuntu dapper universe
---
> deb http://archive.ubuntu.com/ubuntu dapper universe
> deb-src http://archive.ubuntu.com/ubuntu dapper universe

b. Then isssue the followning commands from a user level account:
$ sudo aptitude update
$ sudo aptitude install build-essential

2. Next, add the following changes to /etc/apt/sources.list from the root account (i.e. sudo -i) in order to get mplayer:

a. Add the following two lines to the end of
/etc/apt/sources.list:

deb http://archive.ubuntu.com/ubuntu dapper multiverse
deb-src http://archive.ubuntu.com/ubuntu dapper multiverse

b. From a regular ubuntu user account, issue the following two commands in order to get mplayer:

$ sudo apt-get update
$ sudo apt-get install mplayer

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2. To support mplayer you need to get and download the windows binary codecs before you compile mplayer with gcc from:
http://www3.mplayerhp.hu/MPlayer/releases/codes/windows-essential-20061022.zip, onto ~/Desktop then unpack it with the unzip command:

$ unzip windows-essential-20061022.zip
$ sudo mkdir /usr/local/lib/codecs
$ cd windows-essential-20061022
$ cp * /usr/local/lib/codecs

3. To get and install mplayer for Ubuntu 6.0.6 LTS:
[Note: possibly MPlayer v1.0rc1 source at:
http://www.mplayerhq.hu/design7/dload.html]???
Download mplayer_0.99+1.0pre7try2+cvs20060117.orig.tar.bz2 from
http://packages.ubuntu.com/dapper/graphics/mplayer-686
Issue the following commands:
$ bunzip mplayer_0.99+1.0pre7try2+cvs20060117.orig.tar.bz2
$ tar -xf ./mplayer_0.99+1.0pre7try2+cvs20060117.orig.tar
$ cd mplayer_0.99+1.0pre7try2+cvs20060117
<read the REAME file>
$ ./configure --with-codecsdir=/usr/local/lib/codecs
$ make
$ sudo make install

4. Download the skin tvisor from http://www.mplayerhq.hu/design7/dload.html
onto ~/Desktop and issue the following commands to install it:

$ bunzip2 tvisor-1.1.tar.bz2
$ tar -xf ./tvisor-1.1.tar
$ sudo mkdir /usr/local/lib/share/mplayer/Skin
$ cd tvisor
$ sudo cp * /usr/local/lib/share/mplayer/Skin
$ pushd ~
$ mkdir .mplayer/Skin
$ pushd
$ cp * ~/.mplayer/Skin

5. You may need to further download and install fonts into
/usr/local/share/mplayer/font

-- Tom
 

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I'm running Ubuntu 6.0.6 LTS. I tried updating to 7.0.4 but it wouldn't take. I guess my system doesn't meet the minimum requirements.
 
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Hi clenny,

If you have installed Ubuntu 6.0.6 LTS, you should be able to follow my previous email to install gcc and then mplayer to get it running.

As far a updating goes, did you update the 6.0.6 release to its most up-to-date stage before trying to "upgrade" to 7.0.4. You probably meet the minimum reqmts if you have already installed 6.0.6, unless documentation in 7.0.4 says otherwise - which you can check out from the Ubuntu download website.

-- Tom
 

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Thanks guys, I was finally able to get mplayer to work. Though I still don't understand why it stopped working in the first place. I did a distro update from the terminal and when it asked me for the feisty CD, I put it in and it upgraded to 7.0.4 just fine. Hmmmm. I think the mplayer issue boiled down to having the necessary codecs installed.
 
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