Watching Videos in Ubuntu 13.04

One of the many things you may want to do with your Ubuntu operating system is to watch videos. This can range anywhere from watching a DVD to downloading a how-to video and watching it. Ubuntu 13.04 makes it easy to watch videos by including the Totem Movie Player. This post will show you two video players that can help you with your movie watching needs

Totem Movie Player

 

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By default Ubuntu 13.04 includes the Totem Movie Player for you to watch videos with. Totem is great for watching movies but lacks the ability to watch certain videos out of the box. The easiest way to fix this is to install the “Ubuntu restricted extras” package so that Totem can play many more video formats. Without installing the restricted extras totem will not be able to play many formats that you will encounter while trying to watch videos.

You can install the Ubuntu restricted extras by installing it through the software Center or by going to the terminal and typing the following command.

sudo apt-get install ubuntu-restricted-extras

After installing the Ubuntu restricted extras you will find it much easier to watch videos with the Totem Movie Player.

VLC

 

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Another great video player for Ubuntu 13.04 is VLC. VLC is not installed by default on Ubuntu 13.04 but can be installed from the software Center or by going to the terminal and typing the following command.

sudo apt-get install vlc

Once you have VLC installed you will be able to play almost every video format that you will encounter. There is a saying that if VLC can’t play it, it probably can’t be played. This is because VLC uses its own audio and video codecs rather than depending on someone else’s. One of my favorite features of VLC is the ability to speed videos up. This allows me to save time by playing the video faster than it was recorded very

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