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you said you are running into a 42inch telly? at a guess i would say a plasma no? all of those 42 inch panels are derived from the fujitsu 42 i belive (they used to be).
if you are running native resolution into the 42 (depends on the panel as to what this resolution will be) then you will find on files that are 4:3 that you will have black bars on the left and right sides as the 42s are 16:9 aspect ratio. this is worse if you have a 16:9 movie encoded in a 4:3 frame with black bars as you will then end up with a black border a couple of inches all the way around the screen. if you are not running a 16:9 resolution then your image may well be streched horizontally resulting in having people on your movies with fat heads and again if you have a 16:9 movie encoded in a 4:3 frame there will be the familiar black bars.
now i came to this page to ask for advice and also have found this to be one of the most informative threads. i am also running a lindows os and am looking to compile source files but have stumbled across some problems. now i have changed the address so apt-get looks for programs in the right place, and installed gcc and make but i am still unable to compile source. i am probably making a schoolboy error but a little help wouldnt go amiss.
I hadn't tried it from console until they mentioned the -zoom option. It made it bigger, but still not full. Plus, there are no gui controls, which makes pausing and stuff kinda difficult. The -zoom -fs option made it full, but there is still no gui. Any command line for getting the gui to work from console. If so, then thats almost perfect. If there is a way to get full screen from gui without going through console then that would be better, but I will take what I can get.
Also, my sound card isn't configured for 5.1, or is not using my "back" speakers on my setup. I have a soundblaster live 5.1. Any ideas where to look?
That worked. And I reread through the posts and saw that you did mention it. For some reason I didn't try it at the time. Have one more question.
Is there anyway to create a batch or script file that I can attach to the .avi files that automatically opens the console, puts in the proper commands (gmplayer -zoom -fs (movie title)) so it starts running right away? That would make it easy enough for my wife and children to do it as well, which is important, cause they watch the movies while I am away at work.
Thanx again for all the help, I am sure I will be asking more questions after this.
Using gnome, open up nautilus (the file browser), right click on a file, select Open With. If mplayer isn't in there, select Other Aplication, then Go There. The box you get here allows you to configure the file types. You want to update the stuff in the bottom frame, "Actions". Make sure the default action is set to Custom, then type in the program you want to run in the Program to run box - /usr/local/bin/gmplayer -zoom -fs (and any other options you want). Finally, click OK.
Now you can just double click on an avi file to open it in mplayer. You may also need to do this for other video types (Realmedia, Quicktime, Ogg, Windows Media, Mpegs etc.).