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VLC Player upgrade to 2.2.1 now possible

VLC Player that is on Linux Mint is of version 2.1.6. This version cannot play H-265 video formats (matroska - .mkv). To be able to play video files of such nature, upgrade your VLC Player to 2.2.1.

Here is how to do so:
First check the version of the VLC Player you have by typing in the terminal.

vlc --version

1. Add the following PPA by opening terminal and typing the following command:

sudo add-apt-repository ppa:mc3man/trusty-media

2. Next update it by typing:

sudo apt-get update

3. Then install the codec for the VLC player which will upgrade your current of 2.1.6 to 2.2.1 by typing:

sudo apt-get install vlc-plugin-libde265

Your VLC Player is now upgraded to version 2.2.1
Type

vlc --version

to see the version of VLC you now have.
Note: This is not the official upgrade from Mint. There is a warning you need to read before accepting to install the PPA. Perform this install only after reading and considering the warning.
Enjoy!

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laxer
laxer 24 February 2016 22:41
installs only 2.2.1, not 2.2.2.
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syllamo
syllamo 12 April 2016 17:06
Would not work for me as i ran into an unmet and un-installable dependency but running "sudo apt-get install vlc" brought me to 2.2.1 - Thanks
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wewa
wewa 17 April 2016 05:03
Step 3:
sudo apt-get install vlc-plugin-libde265

Gives error:
The following packages have unmet dependencies:
vlc-plugin-libde265 : Depends: libvlccore8 (>= 2.0.0) but it is not going to be installed
E: Unable to correct problems, you have held broken packages.
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