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Anybody using MPlayer?

 7:20 am on Sep 11, 2002 (gmt 0)

I just found that it can really play movies. The problem is there are lots of different configs available.

Any suggestions what to test?

I got it to work only in vesa and x11 mode. Are there any better?



 5:32 pm on Sep 11, 2002 (gmt 0)

-vo sdl, and with an accelerated card -vo gl2 is very nice.

When using -vo sdl use -vm too for fullscreen.

-vo help lists all the compiled video modes.


 6:35 pm on Sep 11, 2002 (gmt 0)

I don't have a dvd player on my desktop, but I've found Mplayer great at interpreting MS formants if you feed it the right codecs.
Check out:

I was really surprised by how many configuration options there are. Mplayer also works great for audio stream. The default cache settings are way too high for audio streams, but you could set it by -cache (number).

The simplest way I found to listen to Windows Media streams is to open .asx file in an editor and then copy the "mms://....." url into a term.
Something like this:
"mplayer -cache 125 mms://wmbcast........"

According the the man page mplayer is also capable of recording and converting streams into many different formats, I haven't played with it though.


 10:32 pm on Sep 12, 2002 (gmt 0)


I read that there are problems with Nvidia's drivers, I have a GeForce 2. Hope it works.

It seems to me that I can't really switch the sound modes, I'm trying -so foo but everything produces the same result? There is some problem, I think, the volume is too low, even when I got it at max.


 10:38 pm on Sep 12, 2002 (gmt 0)

Sound is not -so; it's -ao.

mplayer -h, man mplayer, mplayer -ao help, mplayer -vo help should be enough to get started.


 10:49 pm on Sep 12, 2002 (gmt 0)

Sorry, I checked my .bash_history I was using -ao.


 11:21 pm on Sep 12, 2002 (gmt 0)

If you launch the gui there are configuration options in there that might be some help in sorting it all out.


 10:36 pm on Sep 13, 2002 (gmt 0)

Thanks Littleman.

I got myself into bigger problems, I can't really make use of gl modes because I'm using the standard X server without Nvidia stuff. Anyway it is working now and I think I figured what should go where.


 5:20 am on Sep 27, 2002 (gmt 0)

It seems Mplayer could play anything. I just discovered that it can handle Realplayer format.


 5:41 am on Sep 27, 2002 (gmt 0)

Yeah, anything but Sorenson3 :) It's great for converting those formats to PCM and then reencoding to ogg or something.

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