Originally Posted by mhg
It plays back perfectly smoothly. The picture quality is "washed out"? Looks like everything is over-exposed. No detail at all.
As far as video acceleration, I wouldn't know. It is a simple Del with integrated intel graphics. Nothing special.
hmm... I've not seen that before.
I wonder if it's a simple setting issue. try these key-commands during playback:
1 and 2
3 and 4
5 and 6
7 and 8
in other words, hit the number '1' (probably not on the number pad) to decrease contrast, the number 2 to increase. Experiment & see if that fixes it.
If that doesn't work, you might try another video output device. From the man page:
VIDEO OUTPUT DRIVERS (MPLAYER ONLY)
Video output drivers are interfaces to different video output facilities. The syntax is:
Specify a priority list of video output drivers to be used.
If the list has a trailing ’,’ MPlayer will fall back on drivers not contained in the list. Suboptions
are optional and can mostly be omitted.
NOTE: See -vo help for a list of compiled-in video output drivers.
Try the Matrox X11 driver, then the Xv driver, then others.
Uses the DirectX driver with acceleration features turned off.
that's a fairly advanced topic, however. Not sure how deep you want to go that direction (it should just work out of the box, shouldn't it?) as it's unlikely to solve anything, but it may shed some light on what's going wrong.
Try the simple settings first, then try the advanced stuff. You'll have to look at the man page for the latter as it lists all the different output devices.
If all else fails, give "VLC" a try. It's probably in your distro's package manager (i'm almost positive it's in Ubuntu's repository - at least it was in Ubuntu 6.10) & is the next-best media player to mplayer (imho). It may work out of the box as it should.