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« on: August 03, 2013, 11:28:40 pm »
Hello Linux folks- my bro has given me a portable hardrive with films on it in mp4 format- tried to play one and it said I hadn't a programme to play it. What programme would play it and would I get it from the package manager? My bro did these on his macbook. Thanks.

Oh and some are not even mp4s but something called Matroska, whatever that is!
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Re: MP4 files
« Reply #1 on: August 04, 2013, 12:17:51 am »
VLC will probably play them, and should be available in your package managers.

It would help people give a more precise answer if when you ask a question, you mention which Linux distribution and version you're using

eg.
Mint 15
Ubuntu 13.04
Fedora 19
etc.

and if you know .. whether you're using 32bit or 64bit.
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Re: MP4 files
« Reply #2 on: August 04, 2013, 12:35:55 am »
VLC will probably play them, and should be available in your package managers.

It would help people give a more precise answer if when you ask a question, you mention which Linux distribution and version you're using

eg.
Mint 15
Ubuntu 13.04
Fedora 19
etc.

and if you know .. whether you're using 32bit or 64bit.

Thanks Mark. I always forget about distributions- even though I've had Linux since last year I still forget that cos I have to use Microsoft at work and my poor brain has to keep switching between the two operating systems! I'm on Mint but forget which one- next time I switch off I'll make a note which Mint it is- it's not Peppermint I know that as much. I don't actually know what 32 and 64 bit mean... :-[
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Re: MP4 files
« Reply #3 on: August 04, 2013, 12:47:41 am »
Wow VLC is amazing- the picture quality is the sharpest I have ever seen and this is the 1960s Star Trek series!
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Re: MP4 files
« Reply #4 on: August 04, 2013, 01:25:30 am »
Yup, VLC will play just about anything (video or audio) :)
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Re: MP4 files
« Reply #5 on: August 04, 2013, 01:41:28 am »
I used to know someone a few years ago who had VLC on his Microsoft PC- he was well into it! Bet he had to pay for it though ha ha.
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Re: MP4 files
« Reply #6 on: August 04, 2013, 06:35:51 am »
VLC is pretty awesome - free, open source and skinnable.
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Re: MP4 files
« Reply #7 on: August 04, 2013, 04:45:55 pm »
VLC is pretty awesome - free, open source and skinnable.
What's not to like?

Indeed! I am beginning to wonder why people bother with Microsoft- ok most PCs one buys have it loaded, but hey they don't have to keep it!
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Re: MP4 files
« Reply #8 on: August 05, 2013, 06:47:34 am »
I am beginning to wonder why people bother with Microsoft

Because, for the most part, they don't know anything else exists so they don't look for alternatives. MS spend a lot of time and money trying to stop people from finding out. As you and I and all the other Linux users know - it's possible to rely on your PC and enjoy using it, without having to mortgage your house to Apple, or obtain a degree in Computer Science, to do so.
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« Reply #9 on: August 05, 2013, 10:45:12 pm »
I am beginning to wonder why people bother with Microsoft

Because, for the most part, they don't know anything else exists so they don't look for alternatives. MS spend a lot of time and money trying to stop people from finding out. As you and I and all the other Linux users know - it's possible to rely on your PC and enjoy using it, without having to mortgage your house to Apple, or obtain a degree in Computer Science, to do so.

You are right- most people haven't heard of Linux and some want to get Mac, as let's face it it is better than Microsoft ( better system less viruses) but cannot afford it. I tell people about Linux but I think they don't believe me that the best OS is free!!!
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Re: MP4 files
« Reply #10 on: August 05, 2013, 11:19:59 pm »
Hi Melissa

I'm not sure it's entirely fair to say Mac is better than Microsoft, for one thing Microsoft dont build computers they're a software company, and their product like Linux has to be able to work with all sorts of variations of hardware and hardware configurations, whereas Apple (if I understand it correctly) control the software and the hardware ie you can only run a MAC operating system on a MAC computer which gives Apple much tighter control not only over the computers they sell but also the unfortunate customers they sell them to, these customers don't only pay a high price for the hardware they pay an even higher price with they're liberty, some may call that better I have other names for it




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Re: MP4 files
« Reply #11 on: August 05, 2013, 11:32:18 pm »
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ie you can only run a MAC operating system on a MAC computer

Hmm .. there are (as usual) way and means .. at least as far as OS X goes ;)
(after all, Intel Mac's are just x86 PC's using off the shelf components .. in an Apple case, and at exorbitant prices)
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Re: MP4 files
« Reply #12 on: August 05, 2013, 11:34:35 pm »
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Hmm .. there are (as usual) way and means

I'm sure there is but I'm equally sure none are legal :)
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Re: MP4 files
« Reply #13 on: August 05, 2013, 11:36:41 pm »
Bit of a grey area that .. different countries treat it differently.

You buy the latest Mac OS X say for a real Mac .. now do you own the OS or not ?
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Re: MP4 files
« Reply #14 on: August 05, 2013, 11:41:29 pm »
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You buy the latest Mac OS X say for a real Mac .. now do you own the OS or not

I think you're trying to trip me up here Mark but my answer would be no you don't own it because the purchase will come with conditions and if  I understand it correctly the source is closed is it not ?

So in my view if the source is closed then you don't own it, at least that's how I see it :)
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