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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.
What's not to like?
There is no argument in favour of proprietary software that doesn't boil down to "I don't care about freedom, privacy or security, whether yours or mine".

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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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