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Linux: media formats, local & streaming

by Ck87.JF / November 15, 2006 10:47 PM PST

Hello, I'm transferring from Windows to Linux, and I use my PC a lot for various media, including MP3s, DVDs, and various online streaming formats. Windows media, .asx (I think?), .pls, etc.

Three sites I pull my streaming from are:
http://christianrock.net
http://hisradio943.com
http://wmit.org/listen

My preferred media player is Amarok, though I'd use others, if needed.
What plugins (or media players, if necessary) can I get to be able to play the various formats that I want?

Another related question is, how can I get flash successfully installed, so I can play various videos & music on myspace, and other flash-using Web sites (game sites, for instance)?

INFORMATION:
OS: Fedora Core 6
Preferred MP: Amarok
Local media formats: MP3, WMA, WAV, WMV, MOV
Streaming: not sure of all of them, but I suppose it'd be nice to be able to play 'em all, including flash

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one more: real audio-type format
by Ck87.JF / November 15, 2006 10:50 PM PST

One other format to add would be real audio, please. Happy
Is there a plugin for Amarok or Kaffeine so I don't have to use the actual Real player? I've used it on Windows, and wasn't pleased with it.

Anyway, thanks for all the help ya might be able to give. farewell...

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Here are some options
by GRB / November 16, 2006 12:36 AM PST

I do use Amarok for most things, but sadly, I have found no one player to play all formats. You can use either yumex or kyum to browse through available downloads and find plugins and such. I find Totem, Xine and VLC to be useful, using them I can play every format I've come across so far. As far as Flash goes, when you open a page that needs it you are given the option to download it. Download to wherever you save your downloaded files, extract it, and read the enclosed "read me" on how to install it. There is also a beta version(flash-player-plugin-9.0.21.55) that hasn't given me any problems. I hope that is of some help - Gary

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I am using PCLinuxOS/Mplayer
by null. / November 16, 2006 7:12 AM PST
In reply to: Here are some options

no configuration other than selecting it at install time no codec nonsense either

haven't found a media format it wouldn't play

Don Erickson

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flash player
by Ck87.JF / November 16, 2006 7:54 AM PST

Okay, so I went to youtube, and actually watched a video ... in silence. It was rather cool, because this dude was inside of a clear plastic inverted cone, JUGGLING! But alas, no sound.

I looked in yumex for flash stuff, and downloaded/installed a few things ... went back, and it told me I had an old version of flash (or javascript disabled). It directed me to Adobe's site, where it let me download & install the newest version of flash, and after logging out & in, I watched another video of what looked like a talk show, and STILL no sound.


In other news, I've downloaded a few media players and lots of plugins, and now everything (as far as I know) works, except for .mov files (quicktime).
A couple of the players played it for a few seconds, but it looked really weird, and after about ten seconds, the player closed. VLC "played" it, but I didn't see the video.

MPG movie files DO work, as well as MP3s, and the streaming things I asked about. Thanks ... any suggestions for flash and .mov files?

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What browser are you using?
by GRB / November 16, 2006 11:05 AM PST
In reply to: flash player

I just tried youtube, the video juggler in the cone, and had sound using both Firefox, and Opera, but I couldn't get konqueror to play it (I never use Konqueror so it's not configured). Check out this link it has a lot of information:

http://stanton-finley.net/fedora_core_5_installation_notes.html

Oh and another player I like is Kaffeine. Hope you get it working - Gary

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w32codecs
by 3rdalbum / November 16, 2006 1:30 PM PST

Search (the web) for w32codecs - that will give you access to most formats that you need.

Also, are you running Fedora with Gnome? Try going into the Sound control panel and turning off Software Sound Mixing (ESD), then open Firefox and try the movie.

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more info
by Ck87.JF / November 17, 2006 12:01 PM PST
In reply to: w32codecs

I use Firefox & KDE.
I'll check out those codecs and ESD to see if they'll help.

Another interesting note: the "Rock you!" flash slide show on myspace crashes my Firefox. Why?

Later, thanks for the suggestions!

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ESD is Gnome-only
by 3rdalbum / November 18, 2006 2:05 PM PST
In reply to: more info

ESD is only present in Gnome, so if you're running a KDE session you'll be fine. I find that all "audio not playing" problems are due to ESD. For some reason, it's equivilent in KDE (Arts) does not cause problems.

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