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Old 10-30-2004, 06:51 PM   #1
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Quick question of opinion on video players...


Hello. I am looking for a video player that can play a wide variety of video formats (from file) and is easy enough to use. I find xine is not working for me. Any suggestions? Thank you.
 
Old 10-30-2004, 07:09 PM   #2
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mplayer
 
Old 10-30-2004, 07:11 PM   #3
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It's not the player giving you problems, it's the associated programs - did you install all the codecs, libdvdcss, etc?
 
Old 10-30-2004, 07:11 PM   #4
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i've tried going on their site to dload....but it seems to be down...i'll try again now lol. is mplayer and mplayerhq the same?
 
Old 10-30-2004, 07:12 PM   #5
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i don't know...some files i just can't play....i think because of .dll's
 
Old 10-30-2004, 07:25 PM   #6
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www.mplayerhq.hu is the old homepage for mplayer - it now redirects to http://mplayerhq.hu/homepage/design7/news.html - either one is good. To install mplayer:
download mplayer, at least one font, at least one skin and all the codecs.

Now, this may not be the most correct way of doing it, but it works for me (on a single user box):
Download all files to a directory - I use /tmp/mplayer, but you can use whatever you want.
Untar all files into this directory.
Create a folder called .mplayer in your home directory
In .mplayer, create folders called Skin and fonts and codecs.
In ~/.mplayer/Skins create a directory called default
When all your codecs are unzipped, copy the individual files to ~/.mplayer/codecs
Copy the skin files to ~/.mplayer/Skins/default
Copy the required font files (not the folders) to ~/.mplayer/fonts
Then, open a console and cd to the folder containing the mplayer files. Now for the fun part:
If you don't want a gui, as your regular user, run ./configure
If you do want a gui, as your regular user, run ./configure --enable-gui
When that is completed, still as the user, run make
After a long old time, when it is completed, use su -m to become root and stay in the same directory and run make install.

And that's it.

Mplayer checks for codecs, etc first in /usr/lib (working from memory) and the it checks your home directory (~ is shorthand for your home directory). I put the required files in there so that you can move/delete/install them without having to use su.

The --enable-gui switch is the most basic one. To enable other options you would add the switches to that line - check the docs on the Mplayer site for details.

To run the gui mplayer, the command is gmplayer.
 
Old 10-30-2004, 08:03 PM   #7
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Ok i've installed mplayer but i'm getting errors....its says that there's no config file /usr/local/share/mplayer/mplayer.conf and no /home/nic/.mplayer/gui.conf... i dunno wut to do now.
 
Old 10-31-2004, 03:11 AM   #8
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I wouldn't worry about that - if Mplayer can't find a .conf file, it has a built in file that it can use.
 
Old 10-31-2004, 08:21 AM   #9
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Ok....but its not working.....
 
Old 11-01-2004, 02:44 PM   #10
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it seems to start now...but i can't see visually anything running....
 
Old 11-01-2004, 02:50 PM   #11
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Ok, so just mplayer works...but gmplayer dosen't work....its running but for some reason i can't see gui....any ideas?
 
Old 11-02-2004, 03:42 PM   #12
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Well, i tried to remove all my files and install mplayer with the .tgz extension (linuxpackages.net) and now it tells me this...

ln: 'default/Blue' : File exists
ln: 'gmplayer' : File exists

And it stops....now i'm pretty sure i removed those files cuz i can't find them anywhere....
 
Old 11-02-2004, 08:36 PM   #13
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a lot of ppl will say mplayer, but i had a horrid experiance with it in debian with KDE, but if you are using KDE i would highly reccomend Kaffeine. it runs like a champ and has zero conflicts with KDE unlike mplayer.
 
Old 11-02-2004, 10:55 PM   #14
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i dont see how mplayer would not get along with KDE ... it doesn't even use a toolkit (unless you use that horrible gmplayer.... it should be shot its so ugly and hard to use) ...... granted gnome doesn't really get along with it either, which i say just goes to show gnome/KDE are probably broken at supporting windows that arnt up fully with THEIR specifications ....

anyways, use mplayer from the command line to make sure it works ... config options go in /etc/use/share/mplayer/mplayer.conf ... if the file exists in the users home, its used instead .. if neither exist then mplayer falls back on built in options, or takes options from the command line

first things to do before mplayer will really work in a usable fashion is to find a suitable video and audio driver to suite your needs .... type " mplayer -vo help " for a list of video drivers, and " mplayer -ao help " for a list of audio drivers ..... then test the ones you picked out like ... " mplayer ~/somefile.avi -vo gl2 -ao esd " .. thats assuming you picked " gl2 " for the video driver, and " esd " for the audio driver ....

also gmplayer probably doesn't work because it was written in GTK2 , and if you installed from a binary, then you have problems, because you probably don't have GTK2 installed .... either way just don't use gmplayer, its disgusting and the UI will make one think windows media player is god ....... either don't use a skin or front, or grab a skin (not necessary) or get a front end (there are kde options ... http://www.mplayerhq.hu/homepage/des...ayer_frontends )
 
  


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