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Old 23rd October 2016, 05:05 PM
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Totem does not play mkv files by default on Fedora 24?

I tried to play a mkv file of Sintel with totem and it gives me the following error:

"An error occurred

Can't play a text file without video or visualizations."
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Old 23rd October 2016, 05:28 PM
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Re: Totem does not play mkv files by default on Fedora 24?

It is possible that it's missing some codecs. Fedora only ships completely unencumbered codecs, which aren't capable of playing all files. Many people make use of the rpmfusion repository, which has a number of other codecs.

I'm not familiar with totem, but I have noted others saying it's been problematic for them. You may want to try vlc or smplayer (both available from rpmfusion.) One way to check would be to take an mkv file that you know is using free codecs, such as x264 and libvorbis and see if that plays.
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Old 23rd October 2016, 05:36 PM
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Re: Totem does not play mkv files by default on Fedora 24?

Thank you for the quick answer!
Is it possible to convert mkv to ogv? I am asking this because I want to use free codecs as much as possible!

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Old 23rd October 2016, 06:04 PM
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Re: Totem does not play mkv files by default on Fedora 24?

Mkv is the container and with ogv you mean the Theora codec.
It is about what it inside the mkv container that you care about.
If you cannot decode it you cannot encode it to something else.

Generic advice: install the right codecs and be done with it.
If you really want you could convert the video (via ffmpeg) to VP9 (encapsulated as mkv or webm).

Specific advice: Sintel is a free movie and available in all kinds of formats so don't bother converting it:
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:Sintel_movie_4K.webm
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Old 23rd October 2016, 07:29 PM
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Re: Totem does not play mkv files by default on Fedora 24?

Thank you for the answers smr54 and Dutchy!
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Old 2nd January 2017, 06:39 AM
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Re: Totem does not play mkv files by default on Fedora 24?

As I understand it, Fedora's issue is not whether the codecs are free, but whether there is a possibility of them distributing the codec would infringe on someones rights and/or would cost Fedora royalties for each copy distributed. For example, the mp3 codecs cannot be distributed from within the US without paying copyright royalties, but can be freely distributed from elsewhere.

Fedora (AKA Redhat) chooses to avoid paying the royalties that would be involved in such distribution so we as users have to find an alternative source for many such tools.

Using them is free, distributing them is not. All due to our really screwed up governmental regulations.
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