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If VLC cannot handle them, then I'd worry whether the files are corrupted or do not contain what they purport to contain.

What 3rd party repository do you use for media libraries? If you have rpmfusion.org set up, then you can try installing all the GStreamer extensions, including the 'non-free', 'ugly' and 'bad' ones to see if you can get the files to open in mplayer or xine.

Another thing that's worked for me in the past is to rename the files to .avi, and see if they can be recognised somehow in that way - it seems to make the player try different libraries to see if they can handle it, and it only works in extreme cases (but you might be lucky).

Also, you might find that the file have simply been corrupted during the download, and you only need to download them again, or find a host that will stream them for you.

If VLC cannot handle them, then I'd worry whether the files are corrupted or do not contain what they purport to contain.

What 3rd party repository do you use for media libraries? If you have rpmfusion.org set up, then you can try installing all the GStreamer extensions, including the 'non-free', 'ugly' and 'bad' ones to see if you can get the files to open in mplayer or xine.totem.

Another thing that's worked for me in the past is to rename the files to .avi, and see if they can be recognised somehow in that way - it seems to make the player try different libraries to see if they can handle it, and it only works in extreme cases (but you might be lucky).

Also, you might find that the file have simply been corrupted during the download, and you only need to download them again, or find a host that will stream them for you.