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I have been trying to play embedded videos in presentations created in pdflatex/Beamer in Okular. I have read this and this but to no avail!

Any suggestions?

The version of Okular being used is 0.13.3 using KDE devlopment platform 4.7.4. I am running Ubuntu 11.10.

My minimum working example is


\setbeamertemplate{footline}[page number]
\setbeamercolor{structure}{bg=yellow, fg=black}

% or whatever

% or whatever

% \usepackage{movie15}

%  \usepackage{caption}
\definecolor{olivegreen}{rgb}{85, 107, 47}


\frametitle{Slide Title Here}
% \centering
% \includemovie{6.5cm}{6.5cm}{waves.avi}



My video file is uploaded here for you to download and use.

AVI file and wmv file

All I see in Okular is this:

enter image description here


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Video inclusion is not well supported by viewers: the usual position is that if you want a multimedia PDF you've got to use Adobe Reader. – Joseph Wright Mar 1 '14 at 17:35
@JosephWright Yes, but it would seem that I need a full version of acrobat reader. All I have is acroread 9.5.4 and that too the free version. – drN Mar 1 '14 at 17:43
@JosephWright: Okular is actually one of the few viewers that support video inclusion. For example, my answer works with Okular, but fails with evince, qpdfview and acroread on Arch Linux. – BenC Mar 31 '14 at 15:22

I managed to get your example working by using:

  height = 6cm,
  width = 6cm,

Okular success

Note that I did that on Arch Linux with:

$ okular --version
Qt: 4.8.5
KDE Development Platform: 4.12.3
Okular: 0.18.3

For more details on the multimedia package, check this answer or the official documentation.

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Thank you! Will try this soon and mark an answer (your answer) – drN Mar 31 '14 at 17:48

To complement BenC’s answer from the displaying side:

I found it necessary (at least on Ubuntu 14.04) to change the backend of Phonon (which is used by Okular to play videos) to the VLC one. For me it sufficed to install the respective package (phonon-backend-vlc on Debian-based Linuxes).

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