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How to Play a DVD in Ubuntu Karmic Koala CodeUnit 07 APR 2010

Annoyingly, Ubuntu isn’t set up to all for DVD playback by default. The reason of course is that most DVDs are encrypted, region-encoded, etc. and Ubuntu simply doesn’t have the legal right to ship with the necessary software to play them back right off the bat.

Thankfully however not all is lost and it turns out to be quite the simple matter to get that latest season of Ugly Betty playing off your Ubuntu PC. First, you’ll need to install libdvdread4 package via either synaptic or a terminal command line:

sudo apt-get install libdvdread4

Next you need to execute the setup script by running from a terminal window:

sudo /usr/share/doc/libdvdread4/install-css.sh

With these installed, you should now be able to open any DVD with the default supplied Totem Movie Player! :)

(Just a note though: Totem is perhaps not the best player to watch DVDs in thanks to a known bug that affects menu navigation, so it might be a good idea to install good old VLC player via apt-get install vlc)

Problem: Ubuntu’s Totem Movie Player displaying in Grayscale CodeUnit 22 FEB 2010

The other day I got a nasty surprise on my desktop Karmic Koala Ubuntu installation when all of a sudden, Ubuntu’s default video player Totem Movie Player started showing all my videos in a nasty grayscale mode instead of their usual vibrant colourful selves. Now not having changed any system settings or installed any new applications, I was quite perturbed and scratched around trying to locate a solution to this annoying little problem.

And as it turns out, solving this little conundrum is actually pretty damn simple.

All you need to do is start up a video and while it is playing, go to the Edit -> Preferences menu option and select the Display tab on the resulting dialog box. At the bottom of the display tab you will see four colour balance sliders. Try re-setting these to default and if that doesn’t solve the problem on the already playing video, adjust the Hue and Saturation sliders until you get the picture looking exactly how you want it to.

There you go, problem solved! :)

Icky grayscale

Beautiful colour