Mplayer is a popular movie player for Linux that supports reading from network and a wide range of codecs.
Install mplayer in ubuntu karmic is very easy, just need one command in terminal(Applications/Accessories/Terminal):
sudo apt-get install mplayer
Then you can launch this from Applications—>Sound&Video—> Mplayer Movie Player.
Install libdvdcss2 and w32 video codecs:
You need to install w32codecs for playing WMV,RealMedia and other formats files and libdvdcss2 for playing encrypted DVDs.
Use following command to add Medibuntu’s repository.
sudo wget http://www.medibuntu.org/sources.list.d/karmic.list \ --output-document=/etc/apt/sources.list.d/medibuntu.list
Add the keyring:
sudo apt-get update && sudo apt-get --yes -q --allow-unauthenticated install medibuntu-keyring && sudo apt-get update
for i386 user:
sudo apt-get install w32codecs libdvdcss2
for amd64 user:
sudo apt-get install w64codecs libdvdcss2
If encounter:“ Error opening/initializing the selected video_out(-vo) device.”
Right click on mplayer window,select “Preferences”.In Video tab/Available drivers,choose “xv”(or try other drivers) and click OK.Log out and back in,and mplayer should work now.