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Linux: player options for AVI movies?

Aug 28, 2009 3:13 AM

In Adobe Reader 9.1 for Linux the preferred media player is set to RealOne (and I'm not able to change it).

 

On Linux Real Player 11 cannot play AVI (and many other formats).

 

How to switch the media player to something more appropriate and what media players are recommended/supported?

 

Thank you in advance!

 

Gerhard Schneider

 
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    Aug 28, 2009 3:49 AM   in reply to Gerhard Schneider

    Hi Gerhard,

     

    Adobe Reader for Linux supports only Real Player for multimedia playback.

    Hence, to be able to play AVI files inside Adobe Reader, you'd need to install a version of Real Player that supports playing AVI files.

     

    Sincerely,

    Varun Khaneja

     
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    Aug 28, 2009 5:32 AM   in reply to Gerhard Schneider

    Hi  Gerhard,

     

    For a portable solution, I would suggest that you convert your AVI files to SWF's and

    use the new /RichMediaAnnotation, rather than the older media player route.

    Here I'm attaching a PDF, mooncall.pdf, also available at:

     

       http://www.galcit.caltech.edu/~jjq/4adobe/mooncall.pdf

     

    which shows what I mean. As it stands, the attached lacks the usual video player

    controls, but they can easily be added.

     

    James

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    Aug 28, 2009 9:12 AM   in reply to James Quirk

    As a follow-up, attached shows a FLV file streaming in a PDF

    with a custom set of video controls. In short, given the flexibility

    of PDF's new /RichMediaAnnot, and ffmpeg's ability to convert

    AVI's to SWF or FLV, I personally would not bother with

    the old media player approach.

     

    James

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    Aug 31, 2009 5:51 AM   in reply to Gerhard Schneider

    Sorry. It's always hard to offer assistance without knowing the full

    context in which a question is asked.

     

    In this instance, it would also be useful to know what Adobe's future plans are

    for AR's media player. In the long term I would imagine that the media player

    will be deprecated, as the SWF based route gives Adobe better software

    control in that they no longer need rely on third-party players. But that's

    just speculation on my part, and some official guidance would be welcome.

     

    James

     
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    Mar 15, 2010 9:25 AM   in reply to James Quirk

    Are there any updates about Adobe's plans on this annoying issue?

    Other Linux pdf viewers such as Okular and Evince are trying to include multimedia capabilities but are still under development.

    Thank you

     
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