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sewer_monkey 05-16-2002 08:57 PM

Any distro:DiVX Linux version:DivX codec compatible player?
Hey all!

Now is my turn to post a dumb question...because I am too lazy to research it myself... :p

What compatible players do you use for the Linux version of the DivX plugin from


forand 05-16-2002 09:32 PM

First off your link is not valid, at least I can't find the host. In anycase I would suggest using mplayer or xine to view DIVX encoded video, mplayer supports much more than xine and after you figure out how to install it and install other the dependent packages it is great. Good luck!

crashmeister 05-17-2002 06:03 AM

Install mplayer and xine if you want to be on the safe side. There are vids mplayer doesn't play but xine does and vice versa.

sewer_monkey 05-17-2002 09:41 AM

Thanx! BTW, I fixed the link, sorry about that. :)

acid_kewpie 05-18-2002 06:17 AM

what have you found that MPlayer can't do?? i'ev had a few trouble with AC3 audio streams, but they've got fixed now.

hehe, actually i'm glad you asked such a dumb question, as you'll actaully get told which is the better divx player (MPlayer) as opposed to the most common (Xine). I guess i wish people would ask "what file sharing software is there?" rather than going and finding limewire and then getting confused and hating linux because limewire is so bad, just because i's the easiest to find!

crashmeister 05-18-2002 06:50 AM

I got a couple of divx5 vids that mplayer doesn't play - it starts and crashes.
All i get is a black screen. Have to kill it after that. It's only 2 or 3 - other divx5 vids work fine. With xine i got trouble with some xvid vids. I'll look into it one of these days.

acid_kewpie 05-18-2002 06:57 AM

use the ffmpeg avcodec fiels to play back divx5. works beautifully. the ffmpeg codecs are gerneally much faser for decoding anyway.. so use less cpu power from better optimisation

crashmeister 05-18-2002 07:19 AM

I use ffmpeg for xine and mplayer - got the same codecs for both. I'll check the sound something might go wrong there.

sapilas 05-18-2002 08:32 AM

AVIPLAY is the best for DIVX

Gmplayer is good too, DVD, divx, mpeg.

worth have both installed.

acid_kewpie 05-18-2002 08:36 AM

gmplayer is mplayer with an unstable GUI for anyone who doesn't know.

and aviplay...? nah no chance. the avifile codecs are no where near as good as ffmpeg. and who needs a GUI anyway????

crashmeister 05-18-2002 08:36 AM

Good One - was meant for post#9. I don't know what my post is doing here. Anyway all i get out of aviplay 50% of the time is a - admittedly kind of cute - green screen,

MasterC 05-19-2002 04:03 AM

Cute, huh huh. Anyway, I have tried and tried and tried to get MPlayer ready to go, but it doesn't like my GCC, and when I try to upgrade that, It's impossible. Any suggestions?

I have GCC 2.96 and want to get newest.

acid_kewpie 05-19-2002 04:06 AM

have you actually read the mplayer docs? guess not.

there is an rpm now for mplayer on the download page of the mplayer site at the VERY bottom of the page, and there are a few on (esp the fr2 mirror).

but you don't upgrade from gcc2.96 to 3.0.x... you just install them both together, and thety work very happily next to each other.

MasterC 05-19-2002 04:24 AM

Cool, thanks! I sort of glanced at the docs. Was pissed though cause it didn't like a version of a program I had. Glad to know GCC will be easier than I thought.

Thanks acid

acid_kewpie 05-19-2002 05:57 AM

they don't use 2.96 as it is well known that it has a few math errors. relating this to MPlayer it results in incorrectly encoded MP3 streams and a few other notable glitches. apparently redhat maintain they fixed the bug in 2.96-80 or greater.

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