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I just uploaded some files to my laptop running Ubuntu 16.04 LTS using Xender (which is great). The files are pictures and 1 video .MOV extension. When I try to view or play them, I get an error stating

File reading failed:
VLC could not open the file "/home/blah/Videos/IMG_0006.MOV" (Permission denied).
Your input can't be opened:
VLC is unable to open the MRL 'file:///home/blah/Videos/IMG_0006.MOV'. Check the log for details.

Here is the output of ls -al:

total 497040
drwxr-xr-x  2 blah blah      4096 Dec 21 11:31 .
drwx------ 27 blah blah      4096 Dec 18 14:41 ..
----------  1 blah blah 358905035 Sep  5 13:19 IMG_0002.MOV
----------  1 blah blah  39697387 Sep 25 16:58 IMG_0003.MOV
----------  1 blah blah  72482166 Sep 25 16:59 IMG_0004.MOV
----------  1 blah blah   3468251 Sep 25 17:00 IMG_0005.MOV
----------  1 blah blah  34355357 Sep 25 17:00 IMG_0006.MOV

I have searched online, and don't find anything on this type of issue. Any help?

Thanks. I installed VLC and mplayer and changed the permissions as follows:

-r--------  1 blah blah 358905035 Sep  5 13:19 IMG_0002.MOV
-r--------  1 blah blah  39697387 Sep 25 16:58 IMG_0003.MOV
-r--------  1 blah blah  72482166 Sep 25 16:59 IMG_0004.MOV
-r--------  1 blah blah   3468251 Sep 25 17:00 IMG_0005.MOV
-r--------  1 blah blah  34355357 Sep 25 17:00 IMG_0006.MOV

And both mplayer and VLC play the file now. The fix seems to be a change in permissions.

I would love to know why I got the one down vote just so I will not repeat. I do realize the issue was common, and if that is why I will investigate further next time. I did not find any reference about my kind of issue when I searched earlier, and do not see why the default permissions were set to null. Is that right? I guess ---------- means null?

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    Set read permissions to the file chmod +r /home/blah/Videos/IMG_0006.MOV If the file still to playable, What does mediainfo /home/blah/Videos/IMG_0006.MOV show? What does identify /home/blah/Videos/IMG_0006.MOV show? – Marware Dec 21 '16 at 17:14
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Set read permissions to the file chmod +r /home/blah/Videos/IMG_0006.MOV

If the file still to playable:

What does mediainfo /home/blah/Videos/IMG_0006.MOV show?

What does identify /home/blah/Videos/IMG_0006.MOV show?

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mplayer - if you have installed you can use it!..

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Change permission properly chmmod u+r /home/blah/Videos/IMG_0006.MOV Do this for all file

Connect to Internet,

Open file with default Video player, it will ask for plugins gstreamer1.o-libav and other dependencies install it.

Now Play Again!

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