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4. Music and Videos > 4.2. Watching Video Files

Watching Video Files

Five years ago most computers were not fast enough to watch a DVD without using special video chips. Today, the typical home computer has enough processing power to run several videos at once while ripping songs off a CD and searching for extraterrestrial life when it gets bored (http://setiathome.ssl.berkeley.edu). You can even turn your computer into a TiVo-like device using software included with video capture cards or high-end graphics cards.

But even though your hardware is powerful enough for almost any video chore, the software to actually watch videos isn’t always as capable as you’d like. The reasons for this are many and varied, but I’ll point out one reason that applies to Linux particularly.


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