Ubuntu 12.04: Play Film / Movie DVDs
Check out this page https://help.ubuntu.com/12.04/ubuntu-help/video-dvd-restricted.html.
Install libdvdnav4, libdvdread4, gstreamer0.10-plugins-bad, and
gstreamer0.10-plugins-ugly. (see links on original post. They have
already been installed with the media packages incl non-open source
If you would like to play encrypted DVDs (see the legal note above),
open the Dash and launch a Terminal.
Type the following into the screen which appears, then press Enter:
sudo /usr/share/doc/libdvdread4/install-css.sh Enter your password to
complete the installation.
Alternatively - if you are a bit lazy like myself - rather than typing
this command, you can also copy (normal ctrl-c) and paste it (using
ctrl-shift-v) directly into the terminal console!
Unfortunately Ubuntu doesn't feature encrypted DVD playing for copyright reasons. Blame the film industry for that.
This post serves as a bookmark to myself, because I tend to forget these steps every time I install Ubuntu. And honestly, I think 12.04 (Precise Pengolin) is a bit less update friendly than previous versions. All my Ubuntu installations had a few hiccups after updating to 12.04. Mainly video playing, and Flash seemed jerky and crashed frequently. Since I made fresh complete re-installs with 64bit 12.04, these annoying bugs seem gone...
I also used that occasion to install the 64-bit version on my Lenovo Thinkpad Edge. Overall impression, much smoother, better video, sound, no crashes, no trouble with Flash... I haven't speed-tested my previous installation, so I can't run benchmark comparisons, but the 64-bit feels faster.
Another reminder to myself: the great Ubuntu Multimedia overview page by the German Ubuntuusers.de
Posted by Moritz Schroeder at Sunday, June 03, 2012