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Re: other dvd players



On Monday 22 January 2007 10:32, Mark Knoop wrote:
> On 21/01/07, Rex Dieter <rdieter math unl edu> wrote:
> > Christian Langer wrote:
> > > I notice on my fc6 machine there are mplayer, videolan, xine,
> > > kaffeine, and totem; only one, videolan is capable of playing a dvd;
> > > are there any others out there?
> >
> > kaffeine (and likely some of the others) can/will play dvd's, but only
> > if you have the (nonfree) libdvdcss library/rpm installed.
>
> Not _quite_ true: gstreamer based players such as totem can play dvds
> if you install gstreamer-plugins-ugly (from livna or freshrpms).
>
> The others (mplayer, xine, etc) can play unencrypted dvds if you
> install libdvdread which is free. To play css encrypted dvds you need
> to also install libdvdcss (non-free).
>
> In practice, most commercial dvds are css encrypted.
>
> http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Content-scrambling_system
>
Insert the word 'recent' there - any distributed before the last couple of 
years may or may not be encrypted.  (I have some unencrypted ones, and they 
are very useful for testing whether a problem in a new distro is css-related 
or not :-) .)

Anne

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