Get Windows Video Codecs in Ubuntu

With a fresh Ubuntu install, I realized that to play any video file including saved DVDs, .WMV, .AVI, DIVX, etc.,  it is necessary to get what is called a “restricted” extras pack for Ubuntu.  My understanding is that this does not come with it by default, because they want to keep Ubuntu completely legitimate in terms of licensing, etc.

Download the Ubuntu Restricted Extras Pack by clicking here.

After installing this, everything magically worked!

For more details visit the Ubuntu page on RestrictedFormats.