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I have generated an avi file with matlab and it turned out that QuickTime was not able to play it. VLC was able to play it.

My objective is to include this avi file in my presentation using beamer. I'd prefer the avi to be embedded; if it is not possible, I'd like at least to play it externally. Hence, I wanted to use the `externalvierwer' vlc to play it. Here is the code I entered

     \movie[height=4cm,width=8cm,externalviewer]{}{example.avi}

When reading the pdf file in adobe reader 10.1.3, it only gives me the possibility to play the avi file by using

     QuickTime Player.app

It does not give me other possibilities such as vlc, or QuickTime Player 7.app which are installed and launched.

So how can I play my avi file using vlc from acrobat reader?

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  • QuickTime is available on your system? Then you have either Win or Mac, and hence AdobeReader-X with embedded media playback is available. Try the media9 package. To get you started look into instructions given here.
    – AlexG
    Jul 31 '12 at 9:19
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    Maybe you have to change the file associations in your OS.
    – Jellby
    Jul 31 '12 at 10:14
  • Thanks for the answers, Yes QuickTime is available on my system. VLC and QuickTime Player 7 are available too. And I'm using Mac os 10.7. I'll try media9 and let you know. Is there any other solution using multimedia package and \movie instruction
    – rasha
    Jul 31 '12 at 10:26
  • multimedia package is somewhat outdated, but perhaps the only choice if you want to use an open-source PDF viewer, such as Evince or Okular. (Package movie15 may work as well.) Moreover the video file remains separate from the PDF when using multimedia (although being played in an embedded fashion).
    – AlexG
    Jul 31 '12 at 10:55
  • Thank you very much @AlexG. While using media9, I'm getting an error which I described here. I could not figure out where it comes from!!!
    – rasha
    Jul 31 '12 at 11:58

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