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I installed a Fedora 18 and added rpm-fusion repositories for fedora18 and also installed all gstreamer codec such as good, ugly, bad, but I can not play videos with .mkv , .mp4, .wmv , extensions yet.

it shows this error when I play a video file:

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of course I should say that .webm and .flv videos play very well and I don't want to use VLC!

  • Why don't you want to use VLC? It's a great player. What player are you currently using/would like to use? – John Leuenhagen Sep 16 '16 at 14:19
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What player are you using? Installing (s)mplayer takes care of almost every format.

  • I'm using gnome default video player and i want to use codecs, not VLC and others! – Milad Sobhkhiz Feb 25 '13 at 15:16
  • Codecs are just a means to an end. They cannot be used directly to play files. – schaiba Feb 25 '13 at 15:17
  • The smplayer part is an answer. :) – schaiba Feb 25 '13 at 16:26
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Try something like:

yum install gstreamer-{ffmpeg,plugins-{good,ugly,bad{,-free{,-extras},-nonfree}}}

That will get you a few codecs not in your list above. You may also need the extras packages. I'm unsure what they are off the top of my head (and don't have access to a Fedora machine at the moment).

Try searching:

yum search gstreamer*extra

EDIT: I think the package I was thinking of is gstreamer-plugins-{good,ugly,bad}-free-extras. I've added it above. If it fails, remove the {,-extras}.

  • yum says that latest version of these packages are installed. – Milad Sobhkhiz Feb 25 '13 at 18:35
  • My mistake then; I setup a new Fedora 18 install a few days ago and I thought this is all I had to do. You're trying to play an un-encrypted movie right? Or are you trying to watch DVD's (in which case you also want libdvdread libdvdcss libdvdnav)? – Sam Whited Feb 25 '13 at 18:37
  • You might also try adding ffmpeg ffmpeg-libs; I can't remember if I used those or not. As soon as I can get back to my Fedora install I'll let you know exactly what I did. – Sam Whited Feb 25 '13 at 18:39
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This is for those who come here more recently (2016) and don't have a clue what rpm-fusion is (this answer came up in my search for 'fedora play mp4')

rpm-fusion has moved to UnitedRPMs. They are a separate repository to the standard Fedora libraries and contain a load of major applications, e.g.:

  • Chromium and Opera browsers
  • VLC and smplayer (mentioned in the other answers here) media players
  • VirtualBox
  • Atom and Lighttable IDEs

Their installation instructions worked perfectly for me (Fedora 24). I installed VLC, rather than smplayer.

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