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I have many mpeg and avi files that I like to view one after another. In mplayer, after playing one file, you have to close the mplayer program first before clicking on another file. Is there a way where you don't have to close mplayer and go on selecting another file that you would want it to play? Just using one instance of mplayer and not opening a lot of mplayer?
Also, is there a way to play 2 files simultaneously using the same mplayer, or 2 mplayers?
to play one file after another (i just mplayer in the CLI it sounds like you are using the GUI version) you can do:
$ mplayer (-your options) file1.avi file2.avi file3.mpg etc.
and when the first file is done, it loads up the 2nd one. you are launching the video files by double-clicking them on your file manager right? if you just open it from within mplayer, it shouldn't open another mplayer, id give that a try.
Thanks for the reply. Actually, I play files from nautilus. And I play them at random. I don't plan which I want to watch next. I really prefer doing one after the other instead of choosing them all at once before I play. Since I am using Gnome 2.2 from REDHAT 9.0, the movie files don't even come with thumbnail. I don't even know which file is which. So even if I plan what to watch next, I have to check them out one by one first before I know what video file it actually is. This goes back to my initial question... I used to be a windows user, this is one of the features (if you may call it that) that I look for in Win98. Although in WinXP, playing 2 files simultaneously doesn't work either. In win98, it works. Choosing one file after another in windows file manager works very well. Thanks.
well if you don't care which file plays just cd to the folder and:
$ mplayer *(.extention if you only want a certain file)
i do mplayer -fs *.avi when im going on an all out anime-fest (which happens often ) that way i dont have to do anything but watch and it goes in order (the order that a normal "ls" returns so all i have to do is make sure the eps and stuff are # correctly).
Thanks for the reply. I think I will have to wait for the gui to become more mature to be able to do what I want. Also, would you happen to know if there's a way to display thumbnails of movie files in nautilus? This way, I know which file I want to watch. This is a cool feature of gnome 2.4, but I really am having a hard time to use both cvsgnome and garnome. I can't wait for rpms to be available.
no, what i am really looking for is to be able to play files anytime i like, one by one, so this won't apply. So you would fully understand, let me tell you about the files i have. they have names such as 5652.avi 5552.avi 5483.avi delta.mpg These are the files I am dealing with. So I really don't know which I want to watch next. What I do is I just pick a movie at random, since I don't have any thumbnails to recognize them, and if I don't like what I am watching, I just select another one. The files are actually a lot, maybe a hundred or so, I don't want to put a hundred on my playlist and do the next and next thing on gmplayer.