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Old 09-03-2003, 12:09 PM   #1
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MPlayer video/audio codecs

I've installed the latest MPlayer .tgz packages from but it doesn't contain all the codecs for playing RealMedia, MPEG2, etc...

So I downloaded all the codecs from the MPLAYER homepage but haven't seen any info to install them... Where to dump them?...

I've searched through my /usr directories but didn't find any usefull things... Except for the MPLAYER directory in the /usr/share (If I remember well)....

Need some help... Thanks!

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Old 09-03-2003, 01:45 PM   #2
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I think there ought to be a clue in the readme which should be contained in the codecs tarball you've downloaded from "MPlayer" HQ
Old 09-03-2003, 11:27 PM   #3
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Question codecs clue

No Clue at all!!!

All information I can get is how to compile MPLAYER with xx codec support...

That doesn't tell me were to put those codecs...

I've tried to copy the win32 dll (quicktime and some others) into /usr/lib/win32 directory but that doesn't help... (had to create de win32 directory)

scratch...til it hurts...
Old 09-04-2003, 04:33 AM   #4
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to have mplayer use win32codecs, do the following:

get the win32codecs package (largest one, since it
will have most codecs and there will be less change of
you not having something when playing a random

unpack the package to /usr/lib/win32 (create if not

then, get the mplayer package. install it (./configure &&
make, su, make install) ; it will autodetect the codecs
for you and compile support for them.

now you should be able to play your movies with mplayer.

(the trick here is to compile mplayer *after* you 'install'
your codecs, to have support compiled in; just putting
the codecs on your system will not work)

good luck.
Old 09-04-2003, 11:47 AM   #5
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compile - Not installpkg...

OK... It seems that I don't have the choice of compiling it...

So the mplayer..tgz package on is only compiled with included basic codecs....

I now how to install win32codecs, but for the Linux standard ones (.so and other files), does I have to extract them to the /usr/lib directory only?????

NB: I'll make a .tgz package afterward... Will take less time if I reinstall my system...


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