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I went ahead and recompiled mplayer after reinstalling libxv-dev and not really any difference - in fact the picture is slightly more scrunched.
Is it possible this issue is due to the mplayer being for 64 bit? I have a 32 bit Ubuntu system installed. Just a guess!
Also I installed mlbviewer on my laptop and I'm not getting a picture at all - the terminal times like the video is coming in but no picture.
This is becoming tiresome - thanks for hanging with me.
The problem is that we don't know what you did to install mplayer. You still have your compiled version installed. You should not have to compile anything so we have to make sure to remove it from your system. Do this:
sudo apt-get --purge remove mplayer mencoder
Afterwards, make sure there is no 'mplayer' binary in either /usr/bin or /usr/local/bin . Do this:
You should get "No such file or directory" for both.
Now do this:
sudo apt-get install mplayer
After it finishes, do this command again, and paste the output:
Basic options: (complete list in the man page)
-vo <drv> select video output driver ('-vo help' for a list)
-ao <drv> select audio output driver ('-ao help' for a list)
vcd://<trackno> play (S)VCD (Super Video CD) track (raw device, no mount)
dvd://<titleno> play DVD title from device instead of plain file
-alang/-slang select DVD audio/subtitle language (by 2-char country code)
-ss <position> seek to given (seconds or hh:mm:ss) position
-nosound do not play sound
-fs fullscreen playback (or -vm, -zoom, details in the man page)
-x <x> -y <y> set display resolution (for use with -vm or -zoom)
-sub <file> specify subtitle file to use (also see -subfps, -subdelay)
-playlist <file> specify playlist file
-vid x -aid y select video (x) and audio (y) stream to play
-fps x -srate y change video (x fps) and audio (y Hz) rate
-pp <quality> enable postprocessing filter (details in the man page)
-framedrop enable frame dropping (for slow machines)
Basic keys: (complete list in the man page, also check input.conf)
<- or -> seek backward/forward 10 seconds
down or up seek backward/forward 1 minute
pgdown or pgup seek backward/forward 10 minutes
< or > step backward/forward in playlist
p or SPACE pause movie (press any key to continue)
q or ESC stop playing and quit program
+ or - adjust audio delay by +/- 0.1 second
o cycle OSD mode: none / seekbar / seekbar + timer
* or / increase or decrease PCM volume
x or z adjust subtitle delay by +/- 0.1 second
r or t adjust subtitle position up/down, also see -vf expand
* * * SEE THE MAN PAGE FOR DETAILS, FURTHER (ADVANCED) OPT
The problem I was having with playing video with sound turned out to be that mplayer hadn't been compiled with faad support. I recompiled and now I've got sound. The reason gameday audio worked is that that was just an mpeg stream, which is handled differently.