So the default video player audience I am confused about! How can I get it to be useful? Out of the box it isn't able to play public videos or even my go pro videos! If I download VLC that seems to work well but videos isn't working right? What do I do to make it work? Can you make it work out of the box a little better or is that part of the open source media law?

  • What file format are the videos you're trying to play? Needs more info to diagnose the problem Commented Sep 1, 2015 at 17:18
  • The error says "oops sorry missing ORI set. The format of the video is MP4, And it runs fine in VLC.
    – CodeMan
    Commented Sep 1, 2015 at 18:15

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Due to US patent law, elementary is not able to freely distribute codecs for many popular media formats. You will likely need to purchase a license for the codecs from Fluendo on their website.

However, if you're in a country where you are not affected by this patent law, you can install a set of codecs provided by Canonical with the following command in Terminal:

sudo apt install ubuntu-restricted-extras

VLC is outside of US jurisdiction, so they are able to distribute codecs in accordance with French patent law.

  • Is it illegal to use the VLC in the U.S.?
    – CodeMan
    Commented Sep 1, 2015 at 20:40
  • Due to US copyright law? Uh? And what software does Debian dare to distribute but not elementary? Commented Sep 1, 2015 at 21:12
  • So... Does that mean yea or no?
    – CodeMan
    Commented Sep 1, 2015 at 21:32
  • Tbh this is a new question. New questions shouldn't be asked in comments. It's unclear to me what your obligations are downloading and using VLC as an end user in the US. @Gilles I'm not a lawyer, but since elementary is a US company, we need to comply with US copyright law. Commented Sep 1, 2015 at 23:39
  • Afaik because of US patent law (not copyright law) it's illegal to distribute the patented codecs without paying fees for the licence, but not to download and use as an end-user.
    – quassy
    Commented Sep 1, 2015 at 23:44

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