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Old 12-21-2009, 06:17 PM   #1
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Mplayer from slackbuild

I just grabbed the latest mplayer source snapshot and slackbuild, and modified only the version information.

It compile fine with the theme, but I notice the swscaler is not working. i.e. when I press for for fullscreen, the size of the video does not change, there is just a massive black border.

I am sure I can change this with command line switches, however I would prefer to have the default be to scale properly, using my hardware if possible. Which configure switches if any would e relevant here?

I also have two other questions.

1. The default blue theme looks terrible in fluxbox running at 1680x1050 resolution. Can anyone recommend some themes that look good from personal experience?

2. Does anyone know if it exists or is possible to add in such functionality to mplayer that you can press pdgn or some other key to play the next file in the directory?

Old 12-21-2009, 07:07 PM   #2
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There should be a file named config in your ~/.mplayer directory.

Try vo=xv to set the video output to xv (XVideo).
Then also try the zoom option to scale the video.

Note the scalers won't (afaik) scale video in both horizontal and vertical dimensions simultaneously.
The longest dimension will be used and the aspect ratio will be preserved, resulting in at least two black bands on either the sides or top/bottom of the display.

According to the docs, "MPlayer allows you bind any key/button to any MPlayer command".
Please see the mplayer documentation here for more info on configuration settings.
Old 12-21-2009, 07:41 PM   #3
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Hi raconteur,

When I have compiled mplayer on windows, it scales automatically wihtout needing to have a config file.

I am wondering if I can likewise make scaling the default when compiling for Linux, rather than having to configure it.

I am aware that I can bind any function to any key in mplayer, but I wonder if mplayer actually supports the functionality that I describe, as I could not find this out.
Old 12-22-2009, 04:37 PM   #4
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OK, I can't get any of the video output methods to output to fullscreen proplerly, however playing files with xine is not a problem.

However, I cannot figure out which video output xine is using, as the video tab in setup is blank.

I would really prefer to be able to use mplayer if possible.
Old 12-30-2009, 06:28 AM   #5
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Still struggling with this, does anyone have any insight?
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I've actually had this problem in dosbox before. I never did find a fix
Old 12-30-2009, 08:27 PM   #7
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In xine->settings - gui tab, change experience level to expert or master. Then you should be able to see what is on audio and video tab.

Both xine and mplayer create their own config files/directories and they can be edited or changed by the gui, although maybe mplayer has a config for gui settings and a separate one for cli, I can't remember.

I think I also have issue about mplayer not ever scaling larger to take up more of screen. I like mplayer keys to move back a few seconds which xine doesn't seem to do but xine scales better so I usually use it. Mythtv does or did use mplayer for playback and I think it scaled so it should be doable with simple setting.


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