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How do I install ubuntu-restricted extras

I can't get video files to play in either Chromium or Firefox, when I try and load them from the web site this is what I get "The video could not be loaded, either because the server or network failed or because the format is not supported:"

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marked as duplicate by Jorge Castro, Thomas Ward, Mitch, Takkat, Tom Brossman Sep 3 '12 at 7:40

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install vlc plugin for mozilla

 sudo apt-get install mozilla-plugin-vlc
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I changed default browser to Firefox, this Did not work, sometimes video will start but will not get past introduction. I use to be able to play files in chromium without trouble but won't even load? – Niewalker Feb 23 '12 at 16:44
I did the following addition and all works now in Chromium & Firefox "sudo apt-get install ubuntu-restricted-extras" – Niewalker Feb 23 '12 at 19:42

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