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Test - Install Multimedia Codecs Ubuntu 20.04 LTS

Before Install Ubuntu USB VideoGrabber, we have to install codec for Ubuntu 20.04 LTS. By default a newly installed Ubuntu 20.04 LTS support limited media files. So, let’s get started.

Enabling Package Repositories

First, you have to make sure that the official main, restricted, universe and multiverse repositories are enabled.

To do that, open the Software & Updates app from the Application Menu of Ubuntu 20.04 LTS. Now, in the Ubuntu Software tab, make sure the marked check boxes are checked.

Updating Package Repository Cache

Now, update the package repository cache with the following command:
$ sudo apt update

The APT package repository cache should be updated.

Installing Multimedia Codecs

Multimedia codecs are essential for playing audio and video files. By default, multimedia codecs are not installed on Ubuntu 20.04 LTS.

As you can see, I am not able to play the video file Big Buck Bunny-720.mp4 with the default Ubuntu 20.04 LTS Videos app. Once you install the multimedia codecs, you will be able to play any videos/audios with any video/audio player on Ubuntu 20.04 LTS.

You can install all the available multimedia codecs at once with the following command:
$ sudo apt install ubuntu-restricted-extras

Now, to confirm the installation, press Y and then press <Enter>.

Ubuntu should download all the required packages from the internet.
Ubuntu 20.04 LTS will install Microsoft fonts along with the multimedia codecs.

You have to accept the EULA (End User License Agreement) of Microsoft if you want to install Microsoft fonts on Ubuntu 20.04.

Select <OK> and press <Enter>.

Now, select <Yes> and press <Enter> to accept the Microsoft EULA.
NOTE: If you don’t want to install Microsoft fonts, don’t accept the Microsoft EULA. Just select <No> and press <Enter>.

The Installer Should Continue
At this point, all the multimedia codecs should be installed. Once the multimedia codecs are installed, you should be able to play any video/audio file on Ubuntu 20.04 LTS as you can see in the screenshot below.

Installing VLC Media Player:

You can install VLC media player on Ubuntu 20.04 LTS. VLC media player is one of the best video and audio player out there. It can play almost any type of media files. There is a saying that if VLC can’t play a media file, no other player can. I personally like VLC media player a lot.

You can install VLC media player with the following command:
$ sudo apt install vlc


Now, to confirm the installation, press Y and then press <Enter>.

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