Proprietary CODEC installation in Ubuntu
streaming video, audio, MP3, mpeg1, mpeg2, mpeg4, avi, wmv, wma, etc.
is very important to the computer user of today. Ubuntu has the
capability to play pretty much any video or audio format out there with
the proper CODEC (CODer / DECoder) is
installed. Ubuntu refers to these proprietary CODECs as
Restricted Formats. Problem being is that a lot of these CODECs
are not free. Ubuntu cannot include these with the default
install otherwise payment would have to made as these are liscensed.
No problem, you as an individual can download and install these CODECs for free from Ubuntu's repository.
First we need to ensure that the proper repositories are enabled. Click
System--->Administration--->Synaptic Package Manager. You will
be prompted to enter your password, do so. Select
Settings--->Repositories and then click Add. Check the Community
(Universe) and Non-free (Multiverse) boxes. When you close the window,
install the proprietary CODECs type the following in a terrminal
apt-get -y install gstreamer0.10-pitfdll gstreamer0.10-ffmpeg
apt-get -y install gstreamer0.10-ffmpeg
Once these CODECs are installed you will be able to play nearly every video or audio type out there.
This page references the Ubuntu Community Documentation.
I hope this helps.