Install Mplayer and Multimedia Codecs (libdvdcss2,w32codecs,w64codecs) in Ubuntu 9.04 (Jaunty)

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MPlayer is a movie and animation player that supports a wide range of codecs and file formats, including MPEG 1/2/4,DivX 3/4/5, Windows Media 7/8/9, RealAudio/Video up to 9, Quicktime 5/6, and Vivo 1/2. It has many MX/SSE (2)/3Dnow(Ex) optimized native audio and video codecs, but allows using XAnim’s and RealPlayer’s binary codec plugins, and Win32 codec DLLs. It has basic VCD/DVD playback functionality, including DVD subtitles, but supports many text- based subtitle formats too. For video output, nearly every existing interface is supported. It’s also able to convert any supported files to raw/divx/mpeg4 AVI (pcm/mp3 audio), and even video grabbing from V4L devices.
Install Mplayer in Ubuntu 9.04 (Jaunty)

You need to add the following lines to /etc/apt/sources.list file or you need to make sure you have enabled Universe and multiverse repositories Using GUI.

sudo gedit /etc/apt/sources.list

Make sure you have the following two lines save and exit your file

deb http://archive.ubuntu.com/ubuntu jaunty universe multiverse
deb-src http://archive.ubuntu.com/ubuntu jaunty universe multiverse

Now you need to run the following command to update the source list

sudo apt-get update

Install mplayer using the following command

sudo apt-get install mplayer

If you want to open mplayer go to Applications—>Sound&Video—> Mplayer Movie Player

Install Mplayer Front-end

1) Smplayer

Qt Mplayer front-end, with basic features like playing videos, DVDs, and VCDs to more advanced features like support for MPlayer filters and more. One of the most interesting features of SMPlayer: it remembers the settings of all files you play. So you start to watch a movie but you have to leave… don’t worry, when you open that movie again it will resume at the same point you left it, and with the same settings: audio track, subtitles, volume…

sudo apt-get install smplayer

Install smplayer themes using the following command

sudo apt-get install smplayer-themes

2) gnome-mplayer

A simple GUI for MPlayerIt provides a simple and clean interface to MPlayer. GNOME MPlayer has a rich API that is exposed via DBus. Using DBus you can control a single or multiple instances of GNOME MPlayer from a single command.GNOME MPlayer can be used to play media on websites when used in conjunction with Gecko Mediaplayer.

Install gnome mplayer using the following command

sudo apt-get install gnome-mplayer

Install libdvdcss2 and w32 video codecs in Ubuntu 9.04 (Jaunty)

Support for WMV, RealMedia and other formats has been bundled into the w32codecs package. This package is not available from the Ubuntu repositories due to licensing and legal restrictions.To play encrypted DVDs, the libdvdcss2 package is essential.

For Ubuntu 9.04 (Jaunty) Users use the following procedures

sudo wget http://www.medibuntu.org/sources.list.d/jaunty.list --output-document=/etc/apt/sources.list.d/medibuntu.list

Then, add the GPG Key using the following commands

sudo apt-get update

sudo apt-get install medibuntu-keyring

sudo apt-get update

For i386 Users install Codecs using the following command

sudo apt-get install w32codecs libdvdcss2

For amd64 Users install Codecs using the following command

sudo apt-get install w64codecs libdvdcss2

Using above download locations you can install most of the mutimedia codecs for ubuntu.

Mplayer Plugin for Firefox

If you want to install Mplayer with plug-in for Mozilla Firefox run the following command

sudo apt-get install mozilla-mplayer

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27 thoughts on “Install Mplayer and Multimedia Codecs (libdvdcss2,w32codecs,w64codecs) in Ubuntu 9.04 (Jaunty)

  1. Hi,

    I’ll be changing from openSuSE11.1 to Jaunty Ubuntu soon.

    I run all my video / audio codecs using Kaffeine or Totem. XMMS provides the audio.

    Where’s that alternative?

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  2. Bob,

    Where’s those repositories. As long as I’m replying here do you know zattoo.com?

    I’d like my MTV, BBC, CNN International without a TV Tuner card.

    Thanks for the reply.

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  3. Why are the w32codecs/w64codecs still being recommended? I was quite certain they were all obsolete. WMV has been in ffmpeg for years and so has Quicktime. RealPlayer has a native codecs for Linux, and ffmpeg supports the format as well. Can anyone name a legitimate reason to install it?

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  4. jbo5112,

    Since my last post I switched from Ubuntu 9.04 32-bit to 64-bit and successfully installed all my needed codecs and players according to this guide.

    What are your alternatives?

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  5. Worked like charm.
    Followed your guide in its minutia, step by step and finally I got my WMV9 CBT Linux Nuggets videos playing in SMPlayer… after 2 years on a Linux OS..arggghhh

    However, there’s a delay when loading videos in Smplayer as compared to Dragon player(yes I’m a Kubuntu fan). But that’s fine with me.

    Not only will I bookmark your guide, I’ll print it too.

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  6. hi this is kris i tried to install mplayer but i am not able to install it.when i use the command
    sudo apt-get install mplayer it gives the information like below.need some solution how to install it..
    [sudo] password for vamsi:
    E: Could not get lock /var/lib/dpkg/lock – open (11 Resource temporarily unavailable)
    E: Unable to lock the administration directory (/var/lib/dpkg/), is another process using it?

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  7. kris:

    That just means that apt is being run somewhere else. Probably Update Manager or Synaptic is open. That’s why you get that message.

    If all else fails, reboot. You should be fine then.

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  8. Kris,

    Everything worked perfectly, until it came time to actually install the codecs… I got the first line in, and downloaded the list from medibuntu, but when I tried

    sudo apt-get install medibuntu-keyring

    it told me:

    E: Couldn’t find package medibuntu-keyring

    know what’s up?

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  9. root@sivakumar-desktop:/home/sivakumar# sudo apt-get update
    E: Could not get lock /var/lib/apt/lists/lock – open (11 Resource temporarily unavailable)
    E: Unable to lock the list directory

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  10. To sivakumar: commonly you get the locking error when you are trying to run apt-get in the command line while you have Synaptic Package Manager open.

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  11. ran sudo apt-get install medibuntu-keyring
    reading package list done
    building dependancy tree
    reading state information done
    E: Couldn’t Find package medibuntu-keyring

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