Tim Peeler on Wed, 10 Oct 2001 13:10:10 +0200

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Re: [PLUG] video help: Windows users have too much fun...

On Wed, Oct 10, 2001 at 12:34:37PM +0200, Jeff Abrahamson wrote:
> I'm tired of not being able to view/listen to all these videos and
> sound files that my Windows and Mac comrades get to watch. The latest
> was an asf file (apparently sound only, apparently pretty amusing).
> I donloaded mplayer, but it was ornery and didn't totally want to run
> for me. I haven't had the best of luck with xanim producing good
> output, either, although I haven't tried it in a year or so.
> Can anyone suggest ways to watch such things on linux?
> Ideally I'd like to find a tool that just understands everything. I'll
> settle for a collection of things that each understand something...
> -- 
>  Jeff
>  Jeff Abrahamson  <http://www.purple.com/jeff/>

Try xine (http://xine.sourceforge.net). it has support for alot of mpeg
formats including reading directly from dvd.  it also supports avi through
using windows dlls (so you'd have to download or have access to windows
dlls).  Sorensen quicktime is listed as untested/unsupported so you still
won't be able to play .mov files if they're sorensen.

You might also try xmps, it's got support for avi and mpeg. I don't have
the url handy.

Another route is to download plugins for xmms, I have an mpeg plugin that 
works with most mpegs (doesn't do dvd), and works for alot of avis including
divx. (www.xmms.org).

The old standby, xanim, still works and has the most support for avi and
quicktime (no sorensen, no divx).

Xmovie does a descent job with dvd, it does support quicktime, but I don't think
it works for anything you'd get from your mac/windows friends.

There are others, but I can't think of them.  Your best bet would be to try
and get wine to run native windows stuff, or try to get xine to work with
native windows dlls.


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