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    any video player.......


    is there any easy to install video players that will play wmv?? i have alot of movies that are wmv.

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    Awesome video player:

    http://xinehq.de/

    And you can find the codecs here:

    http://www.mplayerhq.hu/homepage/design7/dload.html

    Check out the "other binary codecs" link. You can also use mplayer as a video player vs. xine.
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    you will not be able to play any .wmv movie on linux if it has been encrypted with microsofts secret DRM technology. unencrypted wmv movies will work fine

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    I strongly reccomend MPlayer over Xine for speed, flexability, and sheer number of features, although it's a poor DVD player unfortunely.
    As stated above, make sure you download all the binary codecs from mplayers website.

    What's this about "Secret DRM encryption"? I've never heard of it.
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    I disagree -- the only advantage I have seen to using Mplayer over Xine is that when using their plugins for web media, mplayer loads about a second faster.

    Big deal - mplayer doesn't give you DVD menus, Xine does. Ogle does as well, reportedly, but I have never been able to see it work on my box.

    Xine supports more codecs and has more front ends...and how cool is it taking a screenshot during a movie -- the xine front-end Kaffeine will do that.

    I also had more problems with the mplayerplug-in.

    good luck

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    Xine doesn't support more codecs... MPlayer and Xine both support the same codecs. Yes, I know it doesn't have DVD menus, but it can run without X (even for video, use vesa/vidix), and the subtitle rendering is superior. And MPlayer is excellent for scripting, piping, or encoding.
    My Opinion:
    Basically, in my experience, MPlayer "just works" and has a large number of configuration options, while Xine takes some coaxing to work, and configuring it means searching through a lot of GUI options that can be confusing.

    I guess it's just personal preference and purpose that you use it for though.

    For screenshots, just use opengl output and hit PrintScreen.
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