VLC Media Player is a handy program that can play numerous forms of video, and runs on just about any OS platform. It also runs on Ubuntu, and installing it is quite simple.
First, open up a Terminal window and type this command:
sudo apt-get install vlc
Enter your password to authenticate, and apt will download and install VLC and its various dependencies for you. (You can also install it through Synaptic Package Manager and Ubuntu Software Center.) Afterwards you can launch VLC by going to the Dash, searching for “VLC”, and clicking on the VLC icon.
Of course, VLC needs codecs into order to display certain kinds of video. You may need to install the Ubuntu Restricted Extras package in order to get maximum use out of VLC.
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