How To Play Music And Video In Fedora

How to play music and video (MP3, MPEG, AVI, FLV and other multimedia files) in Fedora 10?

Due to patent encumbrance codecs required to play some proprietary file formats are not shipped with Fedora. Codecs are the programs that encode and decode digital data. These codecs are available in the livna repository for Fedora 8. You will be able to play mpeg, mp3, avi, flv and other commonly used file formats for music and video. You will require an Internet connection to download and install these packages on your computer.

Let us get started. Are you ready?

playing music and video in Fedora 10

  1. Open a terminal and switch to root user.
    Launch the terminal from the panel menu
    Click Applications->System Tools->Terminal
    On the terminal type:
    su -Type your root password and hit enter key on the keyboard.
  2. Check whether sound is properly configured on your system.
    play /usr/share/sounds/startup3.wav
    If you hear sounds proceed further. Otherwise check volume control and sound devices configuration. Below is the output when you play the wav sound file from the terminal.Input File : ‘/usr/share/sounds/startup3.wav’
    Sample Size : 16-bit (2 bytes)
    Sample Encoding: signed (2’s complement)
    Channels : 2
    Sample Rate : 44100
    Time: 00:02.50 [00:00.00] of 00:02.50 ( 100.0%) Output Buffer: 110.36K
  3. Enable the, RPM Fusion free and non free repositories.
    rpm -Uvh
    rpm -Uvh
    rpm -Uvh
  4. Remove the totem and xine packages installed on your computer. Let us use the totem packages from RPM Fusion instead. From this step we will use yum. Close other applications that use yum in the background. Pirut – Add/Remove Software and Software Updater use yum as back end. You may also have to stop yum-updatesd daemon running on your computer.
    yum remove totem totem-mozplugin totem-plparser xine xine-lib

    Use these commands to kill the existing yum processes if you encounter any issues running yum.
    killall yum-updatesd
    rm /var/run/
  5. Download and install the codecs from
    yum install gstreamer-plugins-bad gstreamer-plugins-bad-extras gstreamer-plugins-ugly xine-lib-extras-nonfree totem-xine
  6. Optionally download and install other media players.
  7. a) Audicious
    yum install audacious-plugins-nonfree-aac audacious-plugins-nonfree-alac audacious-plugins-nonfree-mms audacious-plugins-nonfree-mp3 audacious-plugins-nonfree-tta audacious-plugins-nonfree-wma audacity-nonfree
    b) ffmpeg: FFMpeg is a complete and free Internet live audio and video
    broadcasting solution. It can encode in real time in many formats including MPEG1 audio and video, MPEG4, h263, ac3, asf, avi, real, mjpeg, and flash.
    yum install ffmpeg ffmpeg-libs ffmpeg2theora gstreamer-ffmpeg
    c) mplayer
    yum install mplayer mplayer-doc mplayer-gui mplayerplug-in gnome-mplayer
    d) xmms
    yum install xmms-faad2 xmms-mp3 xmms-normalize
    if say : ** WARNING **: Failed to open font: “-adobe-helvetica-bold-r-*-*-10-*”.
    tried to change the fonts to:
    e) Rhythmbox
    yum install rhythmbox-lirc rhythmbox-upnp
    MP3 Playback
    yum install gstreamer-plugins-good gstreamer-plugins-bad gstreamer-plugins-ugly'
    DVD Playback
    yum install libdvdread libdvdnav lsdvd
    Playback of encrypted DVDs
    yum install libdvdcss
    Other Video Formats
    yum install ffmpeg ffmpeg-libs gstreamer-ffmpeg libmatroska xvidcore
    f) Amarok
    yum install amarok amarok-extras-nonfree
    g) xine
    yum install xine xine-lib-extras-nonfree
    h) LAME (make/converting MP3)
    yum install lame lame-mp3x
    i) Others (playing *.flv)
    yum install vlc or
    yum install ffmpeg ffmpeg-libs ffmpeg2theora gstreamer-ffmpeg

Launch your favorite multimedia application from the GNOME panel and play your favorite music or video.

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For windows converter flv2avi/mpeg/vmv can be download here or here

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