Although I may not be the first person to find out a good solution to launch videos on YDL 5.0, I haven't read anything about how exactly to install vlc or launch videos from within linux.
Anyways, long story short, after about 3 days of stressing out about rpm distributions and continually failing to install vlc from source, I found a relatively easy way to play videos.
OK so here's the scoop.
1. Download all the files at the bottom of this post, for convenience I've compiled a list of all the rpm addresses as well as the same list but in linked form.
2. move them all into a single folder. I personally like creating a folder in the /root folder (root's home folder) called "installme" (path: /root/installme) for all my rpms, then after installation, moving them to an "installed" folder based on what program I used to install them. This way, instead of reinstalling linux everytime I feel like i installed way too many rpms to figure out which ones DIDNT work, I can just uninstall the rpms for whatever program isnt working, and continue from there.
3. considering if you moved them all into /root/installme, open up terminal and execute the following command:
rpm -ivh /root/installme/*.rpm
4. Now, a few things could happen after doing this, either it will go through a relatively quick install process where you get to watch a neat ascii progress bar move to the right, or it will say something about failed dependencies.
IF there were failed dependencies, maybe I screwed up, or maybe you failed to download one of the rpms i listed. Either way, here's a painless way to recover: go to http://rpmfind.net and search for whatever dependency it asks for. As you mightve noticed from the links i provided, fedora core 5 rpm compiles HAVE WORKED fully for me. so, look for a fedora core 5 or fedora extras 5 PPC dependency. If you cannot find one at rpmfind, google it and look for a matching rpm. Remember, fedora core 5 PPC is the way to go. either that or yellow dog 4.0. After downloading and placing any missing dependencies in the proper folder for my particular way of installing, run that same earlier command again: rpm -ivh /root/installme/*.rpm
5. Assuming you got past the installation process, there are some simple ways to make sure everything worked. Open up terminal and type "vlc". Now I have a PS3 just like yall do who are interested in this topic, and I installed NOTHING ELSE before getting this to work, so if this part doesn't work for you, either I have a super PS3 or you are not following my directions. Sorry if I sound full of myself, but thats essentially what I find as one of the beauties of running linux on the mass-produced supercomputer (arguably) that is the PS3 as opposed to my home computer. Everything about your system is the same as mine, or should be.
6. Now this may not work as fully as you might wish under the default enlightenment setup. If you don't mind switching between enlightenment and gnome, or don't like enlightenment, then logout and select the proper option before logging in. you'll be given a fully functional gnome setup (that i'm using right now) that will have vlc under a drop down menu, top right=applications/sound&video/videolan client. also, I found this solved a minor fullscreen usage problem i was having under enlightenment completely and it works beautifully.
7. If for some reason a particular file is not playing correctly, and assuming you know nothing about mplayer (which you also happened to install if you followed my rpm download links), do this. go into terminal and simply type this command, which will play many types of files, but just probably not as many as vlc should:
mplayer -vo sdl /FolderWhereFileIsStored/Filename.avi (or mpg/mp4/etc.)
If the previous command was confusing, let's say your logging in as root and have a file stored in /root/movies/ and it is called SouthPark101.mpg. you would launch it using this command:
mplayer -vo sdl /root/movies/SouthPark101.mpg
if your folders or filenames have spaces in them, you'd need to type this instead, for the given example foldername and filename used (note the quotes):
mplayer -vo sdl "/root/my movies yo/south park episode 1 season 1.avi"
Since vlc has a gui that you can manipulate, you essentially don't need to know much more about it, at least for the focuses of this post. However, with mplayer, there are several options that you may or may not be interested, that since you don't have a gui to work with, you need to type in to terminal instead in order to utilize them. Too see most if not all of them, just type in "mplayer" to terminal and read the output.
So that should be it, if you need to know anything else, just ask it and I will hopefully know the answer, and add it to this post. Suffice it to say, I'm currently going to be happily watching my divx/xvid/h264 files without having the wait for them to convert to a PS3 OS recognizable avc mp4 file. Happy day.
Finally, for the links, here we go: