Installing Multimedia Support in Fedora
Unlike some other Linux distros, such as Linux Mint, the basic Fedora installation is stripped of all support for proprietary media formats. Whilst this is laudable, for most users this support is essential and needs to be configured post-installtion.
Unlike some other Linux distros .. the basic Fedora installation is stripped of all support for proprietary media formats
This section covers the basic steps required to configure the main forms of media, using Fedora (64-bit version) as an example..
As Fedora has banished all reference to proprietary formats from their core repository, you will first need to enable a third party repository such as:
Simply click on the link for the relevent release of Fedora and choose to open it with the software installer:
The Adobe Flash plugin can be downloaded from the Adobe website at:
The following screen should display:
From the drop-down box, choose the following option:
YUM for Linux (YUM)
..then click on the "Download Now" button:
YUM for Linux (YUM)
Choose to save the file to disc (-it will save to the Downloads folder under your user's Home directory):
Once downloaded, open up a command line window and type in the following:
$ cd Downloads
$ sudo bash
# rpm -ivh adobe-release-x86_64-1.0-1.noarch.rpm
# rpm --import /etc/pki/rpm-gpg/RPM-GPG-KEY-adobe-linux
# yum install flash-plugin
Adobe Flash player should now be installed. Test it against a website that uses Flash such as one of our YouTube videos.
Note: this is not the problem it once was following the introduction of HTML5 - as Adobe Flash is gradually phased out.
If you want to watch MPEG (e.g. MP4) videos on your Fedora PC, the best way to do this is simply to install the VLC media player. This can be done by simply opening up a command line window and typing in the following command:
$ sudo yum install vlc
This command will take a few minutes to complete. Once it does, you should be able to open MPEG files by simply double-clicking them.
Out of all media formats, one of the most frustrating to get working under Fedora can be MP3 support for the default Rhythmbox audio player. If you double-click an MP3 file, Fedora will start Rhythmbox, which will display the following error:
The quickest way to fix this is by opening up a command line window and typing in the following command:
$ sudo yum install gst-plugins-ugly*
When you next double-click an MP3 file, Fedora should start Rhythmbox and begin playing the file.