Playing VCDs on (Ubuntu) Linux: HOW-TO January 20, 2007Posted by NAyK in How-To, Linux, Screenshots, Ubuntu, Ubuntu Christian, Working with Linux.
Yes, DVDs are in. But VCDs are still not out. And strangely, while Automatix in Ubuntu enables all the codecs to play almost any format, Ubuntu still can’t play VCD’s. Many of the Forum solutions provided usually say that you must install this or that codec. This post assumes that you have install all the needed codecs… ie. a post Automatix install.
Usually, after an Automatix download, Totem becomes the default media player (it even plays the music and you need to configure that separately). Totem is pretty ok… but when you put in a VCD an error is reported which reads…
Totem could not play ‘vcd:///media/cdrom0′
There is no input plugin to handle the location of this movie.
I looked around for solutions in a few Linux forums and surprisingly the solution is not that evident… (though it is quite simple)… and so I’m posting the two main solutions offered.
1. In terminal, type: mplayer vcd://2
(or mplayer vcd://1 or mplayer vcd:// basically whatenver works).
This is helpful especially if you want to test whether your VCD reads ok in the first place. However, as a viewer, it is quite limited… there is no full screen… and no way of fast forwarding.
2. The better and simpler solution is to install gxine through synaptic. And believe it or not, it works! Once you open gxine, then there will be an option for DVD/VCD etc… choose VCD and you have a player that plays VCDs. The Screenshot below is of the gxine menu.
VCDs now work for me, in Ubuntu, I hope they work for you, too.