What to do if I can't play a .avi file with VLC media player? (the only video software installed on Ubuntu mate). The window is automatically closed. I'm not able to play any other .avi files.
fresh installation of Ubuntu mate on raspberry pi 2
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Make sure you have proper codecs installed with:
sudo apt-get install ubuntu-restricted-extras
Hardware accelerated video with VLC and ffmpeg
Ubuntu MATE 16.04 added OpemMAX IL hardware accelerated video playback to VLC and MMAL hardware accelerated video playback to
To enable hardware accelerated video playback in VLC go to Tools -> Preferences -> Video and select OpenMax IL.
To use hardware accelerated video playback with ffplay you must specify the h264_mmal codec.
ffplay -vcodec h264_mmal video.mp4
Hardware accelerated playback on the Raspberry Pi works by overlaying the video directly to the screen. Therefore there are no onscreen controls for playback control. You’ll need to use the VLC and ffmpeg keyboard shortcuts.
Also some people recommends to use
omxplayer for accelerated video playback on Raspberry pi x.