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10. MP3 and Audio players

The first time you will try to play an mp3 file Totem Movie Player will come up and it will ask you to search for the mp3 decoder. As long as you have enabled the RPM Fusion repo as mentioned before it will find it and install it automatically. Just like that! If you still want to do it the manuall way...! or install an additional application continue reading below.

* Rhythmbox

I believe that Rhythmbox is a better mp3 player than the default Totem for Gnome users. You can find it under Applications -> Sound & Video -> Rhythmbox Music Player. If you don't have it, to install it type:

su -c 'yum install gstreamer rhythmbox'
To make all mp3 files open by default with Rhytmbox right click on an mp3 file and select 'Open with Other Application...'. Click on Rhytmbox Music Player and you're done.



To add mp3 and other audio support type:

su -c 'yum install gstreamer-plugins-good gstreamer-plugins-bad gstreamer-plugins-ugly'

* Amarok

amaroK is a pretty good audio/mp3 player for KDE. Of course you can install it under Gnome or any other Desktop Environment too. To install it and add mp3 support type:

su -c 'yum install amarok phonon-backend-gstreamer'

* Exaile

Exaile is similar to Amarok but it's based on GTK+ toolkit. Therefore it's a good solution for Gnome users! To install it type:

su -c 'yum install exaile gstreamer-plugins-good gstreamer-plugins-bad gstreamer-plugins-ugly'

* Audacious

Audacious is another audio player similar to old winamp 2.x. To install it type:

su -c 'yum install audacious audacious-plugins audacious-plugins-freeworld audacious-plugins-freeworld-*'
If you want to use your winamp 2.x skin with audacious simply copy winamp's *.wsz skin to /usr/share/audacious/Skins/

If your tags are in a different encoding than utf8 you can force audacious to use it:

Preferences -> Playlist -> Metadata -> Fallback character encoding -> iso8859-7

If you want to add in queue mp3s when double clicked edit this file:

su -c 'gedit /usr/share/applications/fedora-audacious.desktop'
And change Exec=audacious to Exec=audacious -e

* XMMS

This audio player is no longer used, you could try audacious instead, but if you still want it type:

su -c 'yum install xmms xmms-libs xmms-mp3'

11. DVD & Video

If you have most probably you will prompted to search automatically for the needed codecs. They will automatically installed. As simple as that!

* DVD playback

In order to play DVDs you must install the appropriate codecs.

su -c 'yum install libdvdread libdvdnav lsdvd'

Those files are enough for playing your non encrypted DVDs. However if you want to decrypt an encrypted DVD you need libdvdcss which isn't included in RPM Fusion because of legal issues in some countries such as the US. As mentioned in RPM Fusion .


Opinions between the members of RPM Ffusion differ on the legality of libdvdcss, however no one is ready to vouch for it resuming the legal responsibilities.

Therefore libdvdcss is being dropped. See also the comments on legal issues in the link above. So, we have to wait and see what solution they will come up with.

**Note: Livna could be a temporary solution.

su -
rpm -Uvh http://rpm.livna.org/livna-release.rpm
yum install libdvdcss

Most probably SELinux will report an AVC Denial. To fix this type:

su -
chcon -t textrel_shlib_t '/usr/lib/sse2/libswscale.so.0.6.1'
chcon -t textrel_shlib_t '/usr/lib/sse2/libpostproc.so.51.2.0'

* Video files playback

When you will try to open a video file with Totem media player it will ask you to search for the necessary codecs. They will be automatically installed! If you have previously set up mp3 playback additional packages would have been installed as dependencies. These packages include video codecs such as xvidcore, ffmpeg and other.


To check some of them type:

su -c 'yum install ffmpeg ffmpeg-libs gstreamer-ffmpeg libmatroska xvidcore'

* Totem

Fedora 10 has installed Totem Movie Player. If you want to play DVD files also with totem type:

su -c 'yum install totem-xine totem-gstreamer xine-lib-extras-freeworld'

* Mplayer/SMPlayer

I prefer mplayer and smplayer (mplayer's GUI) for video playback. It supports almost any video type, external subtitles as well as DVD playback as long as you have the needed codecs installed as shown previously.


su -c 'yum install mplayer smplayer'
Open smplayer from Applications -> Sound & Video -> SMPlayer

* VLC

VLC (Video Lan Client) supports almost any video type without the need of installing external codecs.

su -c 'yum install vlc'

* kaffeine

kaffeine is another KDE media player that uses the xine engine.

su -c 'yum install kaffeine xine xine-lib xine-lib-extras-freeworld'

* RealPlayer

You can download RealPlayer rpm from here . Just choose to open it with the Package Installer.

* Avidemux

Avidemux is a very good video editor. Install it like this:

su -c 'yum install avidemux'
It will be listed in Applications -> Sound & Video -> Avidemux Video Editor.



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