[K12OSN] installing mplayer to play mp4 files

John Lucas mrjohnlucas at gmail.com
Tue Nov 18 21:30:32 UTC 2008

Will Hatch wrote:
> I downloaded a youtube video that is in mp4 format and wanted to play it
> k12ltsp, but Totem can't play it.  I read that mplayer will, but am having
> all kinds of trouble getting it installed.  When I follow directions that
> I've found on the internet, I keep getting yum errors.

I find VLC works better that Mplayer. To install VLC on Fedora-based K12LTSP, 
you can use the FreshRPM repository, for K12LTSP-EL (CentOS-based) you can use 
the RPMForge repository. VLC doesn't have a plugin (it is a stand-alone player) 
nor does it run Quicktime, but I don't have much luck with 
mplayer/mplayerplug-in and Quicktime anyway; works well with some content and 
not others.

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