I want to play an mp4 file when my account is logged into. How can I do this?

It should be noted that the file also has video, so I only want the sound to be played, and not the video to be shown. And I also don't want any program to be visually launched, so for instance if on every startup VLC Player launched playing that file that would not be acceptable.

I am running Ubuntu GNOME 15.10 with GNOME 3.18.

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    Care to have the video converted to Ogg Vorbis? You do say "audio file" in the title, and then say "file also has video"... which is just plain ridiculous. – muru Nov 22 '15 at 22:14
  • @muru: "Ogg Vorbis"? – user364819 Nov 22 '15 at 22:19
  • Ogg is a container format, Vorbis is a free audio codec. It is the most popular free audio format, except perhaps FLAC. The Ubuntu login sounds, for example, are/were always in .ogg. – muru Nov 22 '15 at 22:26
  • Simply converting the file to an audio file would make the question much simpler, and people much more willing to help you – Hellreaver Nov 23 '15 at 2:19

You have a two-fold question, both have been answered before:

Convert video to audio


Replace the system ready sound

TL;DR: convert video to audio first, then replace the audio file that plays with the one you want. Remember to keep original file as backup

  • Well, firstly Ubuntu GNOME does not have a noise on login, and secondly, in the /usr/share/sounds/ there is no ubuntu folder, nor do any of the others lead to anything other than the default alert sounds seemingly. – user364819 Nov 24 '15 at 16:49
  • @ParanoidPanda you're using Ubuntu GNOME. Only Ubuntu has the classic login sound, via ubuntu-sounds. Same difference. – muru Nov 26 '15 at 12:06
  • @muru: So do I need to install that package then? – user364819 Nov 26 '15 at 12:43
  • @ParanoidPanda Nah. You should just run canberra-gtk-play /path/to/some/file.ogg at startup. – muru Nov 26 '15 at 12:46

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