Wikipedia:Media help

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Media introduction

Media files on Wikipedia

Many Wikipedia articles contain sound and video files
Many Wikipedia articles contain sound and video files

Some Wikipedia articles include sound or video files. The purpose of this page is to explain how to play sound and video files found on Wikipedia.

Wikipedia media files can be played on almost all personal computers. However, your computer must have the right software. If your computer does not automatically play these files when you click on them, you can enable it to do so by downloading and installing free software from the Internet.

Sound files on Wikipedia generally use the Ogg Vorbis sound format, and video files use the Ogg Theora format. These are roughly similiar to other formats used to play digital audio and video such as MP3 and MPEG. The difference is that the Ogg formats are completely free, open, and unpatented.

Music files will occasionally use the MIDI format (.MID or .MIDI extension). Midi is usually playable without new software as most computers have a midi-enabled player and sound card.

For help making and converting video and audio into the format usable on Wikipedia, see Wikipedia:Media.

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