Wikipedia:Media help (audio and video)

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Media introduction
Audio and video
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Installing audio and video software

This page contains instructions for playing the video (Theora and WebM) and audio (Vorbis) files from Wikipedia. To set up your system to play these files, find your operating system (Microsoft Windows, for example) below.

It is highly recommended that you use a program which is capable of playing both Vorbis audio and Theora video since these two different media formats are often in the same digital container format, Ogg.

Multiple operating systems

To use the integrated video player:

  • Mozilla Firefox (download), Google Chrome (download), and Opera (download) include native support for Ogg (Theora and Vorbis), or
  • Install Java (download), or
  • Install VLC (download), or
  • Quicktime is also supported if the XiphQT module is installed. This can be done by clicking on the link and going to the downloads section: (download)

Windows

Installing a program (codecs) from Illiminable will allow DirectShow players such as Windows Media Player to play all Wikipedia media.

  1. Most Windows users will already have Windows Media Player installed on their computer. If you don't have Windows Media Player, or you want to use a different player, please install one from the list below. Otherwise, skip to step 2.
  2. Go to xiph.org/dshow.
  3. Download the current stable version.
  4. Run the setup program and follow the instructions on screen.
  5. After the Setup Wizard finishes, your player (from step 1) should be able to play audio and video files from Wikipedia.
  6. If Windows does not automatically associate the file type with your favorite program, all you have to do is to drag/drop the file into it, or force the program to be associated with the .ogg file.

If you use Internet Explorer 9 (or later), you can also install WebM for IE.

iOS

  • WikiLinks is an application for browsing Wikipedia on any iOS device which can play both Theora video and Vorbis audio files.
  • Wikipanion is an application for browsing Wikipedia on iPhone or iPad which can play audio files (Vorbis).

Macintosh (Mac OS X)

  • MPlayer OS X is a media player which can play Vorbis and Theora files.
  1. Go to the MPlayer Mac OS X download page
  2. Click the Download Now button.
  3. Select an appropriate location (mirror) from which you want to download the software.
  4. Click the corresponding icon under the download column.
  5. Wait for the zip archive to download. This should take around 18 minutes on a 56k modem, or quicker if you have a faster connection.
  6. Once downloading has finished, double click the zip archive to extract the files.
  7. Copy the MPlayer Application to your Applications folder.
  8. When the copy operation finishes, you can use MPlayer to play audio and video files from Wikipedia.
  1. Download iTunes from Apple
  2. Install iTunes.
  3. Obtain the XiphQT plugin
  4. Follow the installation instructions in the readme
  5. You may now use iTunes or QuickTime to play (and convert) Vorbis and Theora files, or subscribe to Vorbis-based podcasts (through RSS feeds or XSPF playlists).
  6. Using this method allows playback of Wikipedia audio/video content within Safari and other Mac OS X web browsers.
  1. Go to the VLC player Mac OS X download page
  2. Select an appropriate version of the software to download.
  3. Wait for the disk image file to download. This should take around 18 minutes on a 56k modem, or quicker if you have a faster connection.
  4. Once downloading has finished, double click the disk image to mount it.
  5. Copy the VLC Application to your Applications folder.
  6. When the copy operation finishes, you can use VLC to play audio and video files from Wikipedia.
  • Miro an open-source media player and internet-TV application. Based on VLC media player.
  1. Download from Miro home page

Unix (Including Linux, BSD, Solaris, etc)

Many recent free Unix systems are able to play Vorbis audio without any installation. If you don't have any audio software installed, use your preferred packaging system to browse the players list and pick one. For example, you may install Totem, Amarok, MPlayer, xine, VLC media player, XMMS and others.

  • libtheora is required for Theora video support.
  1. Use your distribution's package management system, such as APT or YUM, to search for and install libtheora.
  2. New media players such as MPlayer, xine, or VLC should be able to play Theora video as well as Vorbis audio.
  • To play Theora video with GStreamer-based players such as Totem, you must install the Theora GStreamer plugin. Again, your package manager should take care of this.
  • Miro an open-source media player and internet-TV application. Based on VLC media player.
  1. Download from Miro home page

Playing the files

You can try your player using the Wikimedia Commons Sound and Video files.

Creating media files

To learn how to create video or audio files for Wikipedia and its sister projects, check Wikipedia:Creation and usage of media files.