Installing Multimedia Support in Fedora 18
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 18 (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:
For Fedora 18, you can just cut and paste the following line into a command line window:
sudo yum localinstall --nogpgcheck http://download1.rpmfusion.org/free/fedora/rpmfusion-free-release-18.noarch.rpm http://download1.rpmfusion.org/nonfree/fedora/rpmfusion-nonfree-release-18.noarch.rpm
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, then click on the "Download Now" button:
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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.
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 18 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 gstreamer-plugins-ugly-0.10.19-5.fc18
When you next double-click an MP3 file, Fedora should start Rhythmbox and begin playing the file.