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Old 06-09-2003, 12:06 AM   #1
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mplayer and black toolbar problem


Hi, I've heard that mplayer is good so after a lot of fiddling with the -vo deal I finally got it to play movies. When I play a movie on it there is a black rectangle at the bottom of the screen to the right. I believe this to be a toolbar because when I click on different parts of the black, things happen to the movie, such as enlarging, pausing, etc. The problem is, since the rectangle is completely black, I can't really chose things that I want. Mainly I want to enable looping and perhaps a bar that I can use to jump around a media file (a slider bar I think it is called). Does anyone know why my bar might be black? I tried all of the other skins and they just change the shape of my black toolbar. I'm using mandrake 9.1 and mplayer-0.90-10plf.i586.rpm, I just upgraded from mplayer-0.90-0.rc4.4mdk.i586.rpm, which had the same problem. I have the mplayer gui and meconder deals installed too. I'm a newB so I could be missing something simple. Thank you for your time.
-calimer
PS what is the best -vo driver to use? The default exr3 didn't work, and a bunch of others didn't work but x11 did.
 
Old 06-09-2003, 02:48 AM   #2
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well i'd guess that it's not picking a skin, or failing to load it correctly. most people find that it fails totally, and can't load, so maybe your skin has become corrupted, try reinstalling it.

OR just plain don't use it! becoming more familiar wiith command line options and the hotkeys means you can get into a film so so much faster, and not need to gui at all...

as for video output, the best all rounder is xv, x11 is generic, but very cpu intensive.
 
Old 06-09-2003, 03:12 AM   #3
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Thanks for the info on x11 and xv, I haven't tried xv yet but the info is much appreciated since I wasn't aware that x11 was cpu intensive. I would actually prefer to use the terminal to launch mplayer but I was under the impression that it would take longer to browse through the terminal and then enter the names of the files. Maybe I'm wrong though, or I could have my media files all in one place, hmm. Also, I couldn't find a looping terminal command. Any idea if there is one? I will try reinstalling mplayer but I don't think the cause is the skins getting corrupted since I updated the mplayer rpms tonight using rpm -U. Thank you for your time and input.
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Old 06-09-2003, 03:57 AM   #4
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looping in mplayer is a doddle.

mplayer file.avi -loop

easy as that. you can also do funky interative loops, like play these two 3 times, then this last film for ever... clever. check the manapge for details.

try running mplayer with xv and x11 while running a "top" command, you should see that mplayer uses about 1/2 to 1/3 of the cpu time under xv compared to x11.
 
Old 06-09-2003, 09:39 AM   #5
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Whoops, I should of thought to check the "man" file for mplayer, instead of just the -h deal. Thanks for the info on looping though, it's quite interesting that you have different options with mplayer. I tried running it from the terminal today and it pretty cool. I like how you get so much more info from the program in the terminal. Unfortunately xv didn't work for me and gave me that -vo error where it can't find the video out device. Videos seem to run decently smoothly on my computer using x11 although I haven't tried running anything fullscreen. I wonder why I'm having so much trouble with my -vo devices, maybe it's because my graphics card is an ancient rage pro. Thanks for all your help with mplayer, I really appreciate it. Take care and I hope you are having a good day/night.
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