Ubuntu – Can’t play dvd with movie player


When I try to open a dvd with movie player, I get a message saying that a plugin is missing. It isn't specified what plugin is needed and when I click on the search button, no appropriate plugin is found.

How do I determine what I need? What is the best way to view DVDs on Ubuntu 11.04?

Best Answer

by abarbaneld

Ubuntu 11.04 Natty Narwhal does not come out of the box playing DVDs but with 2 simple commands you will be watching DVDs in a flash.

  1. Open a Terminal Window Ctrl+Alt+T

  2. Type sudo apt-get install ubuntu-restricted-extras

  3. Type sudo /usr/share/doc/libdvdread4/install-css.sh

  4. Insert DVD and enjoy.

I noticed during playback of my DVD that the picture was a bit wobbly. There is an easy fix for this.

Go to Edit>Preferences>Display Tab and check the box that reads disable deinterlacing of interlaced videos. Next close down the Movie Player and reopen it and the wobbly screen should be gone.

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Another option that is worth enabling is the play video where you left off. Go to Edit>Preferences>General Tab and check on Start playing files from last position.

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