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'''MPlayer''' is a popular movie player for GNU/Linux. It has support for pretty much every video and audio format out there and is hence very versatile, even though most people use it for viewing videos.
 
'''MPlayer''' is a popular movie player for GNU/Linux. It has support for pretty much every video and audio format out there and is hence very versatile, even though most people use it for viewing videos.
  
 
==Installation==
 
==Installation==
The {{Pkg|mplayer}} package is available in [extra]:
 
# pacman -S mplayer
 
  
Alternatively, the latest development version can be installed from the [[AUR]] ({{AUR|mplayer-svn}}).
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MPlayer can be installed by three different packages from the [[official repositories]]:
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* {{Pkg|mplayer}}: the standard package.
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* {{Pkg|mplayer-vaapi}}: a VAAPI-enabled version of MPlayer.
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* {{Pkg|mplayer2}}: a [http://www.mplayer2.org/ fork of MPlayer] with several new features.
  
You may also want to try [http://www.mplayer2.org/ mplayer2], a fork of mplayer, also available there ({{AUR|mplayer2-git}}). It has several improvements over the original mplayer, see: [http://www.mplayer2.org/comparison.html mplayer2 vs mplayer]
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Development versions are also available in the [[AUR]]:
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* {{AUR|mplayer-svn}}: development version of MPlayer.
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* {{AUR|mplayer2-git}}: development version of MPlayer2.
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For differences between the two see [http://www.mplayer2.org/differences/ MPlayer2 vs MPlayer].
  
 
==Additional installation tips==
 
==Additional installation tips==
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===Frontends/GUIs===
 
===Frontends/GUIs===
 
There are several GUIs for MPlayer.
 
There are several GUIs for MPlayer.
* Qt: {{Pkg|smplayer}} is in the extra repository. The smplayer-themes package provides themes for it.
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* {{App|GNOME MPlayer|A simple GTK+-based GUI for MPlayer.|http://kdekorte.googlepages.com/gnomemplayer|{{Pkg|gnome-mplayer}}}}
* Qt: {{AUR|umplayer}} is in the AUR - like smplayer with some neat features like downloading youtube videos from within it.
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* {{App|KMPlayer|A video player plugin for Konqueror and basic MPlayer/Xine/ffmpeg/ffserver/VDR frontend for KDE.|http://kmplayer.kde.org/|{{AUR|kmplayer}}}}
* Gtk+: {{AUR|pymp}} and {{Pkg|gnome-mplayer}} are in the AUR and community repos, respectively.
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* {{App|Pymp|A PyGTK frontend for MPlayer.|http://jdolan.dyndns.org/trac/wiki/Pymp|{{AUR|pymp}}}}
* gmplayer: this gui is no longer included in the mplayer package. There is an alternative mplayer package (mplayer-x) in AUR in which the gmplayer gui is enabled.
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* {{App|[[Wikipedia:SMPlayer|SMPlayer]]|A middleweight Qt front-end for MPlayer with additional patches.|http://smplayer.sourceforge.net/|{{Pkg|smplayer}}}}
 
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* {{App|UMPlayer|A SMPlayer fork with extra features (CSS themes, YouTube integration, ShoutCast support, etc.).|http://www.umplayer.com/|{{AUR|umplayer}}}}
===Browser integration===
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* {{App|Xt7-Player|A graphical user interface for MPlayer written in Gambas, with a huge list of features.|http://xt7-player.sourceforge.net/xt7forum/|{{AUR|xt7-player}}}}
  
If you want to let MPlayer control video viewing in your favorite web browser, install the following:
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=== Browser integration ===
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If you want to let MPlayer control video viewing in your favorite web browser, install one of the following plugins for your browser.
  
====Firefox====
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==== Firefox ====
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A browser plugin is available in the [[official repositories]] with the {{Pkg|gecko-mediaplayer}} package.
  
# pacman -S gecko-mediaplayer
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{{Note|Depends on {{Pkg|gnome-mplayer}}, which provides a complete frontend to MPlayer.}}
  
{{Note| Depends on gnome-mplayer, which provides a complete frontend to MPlayer.}}
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==== Konqueror ====
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A plugin for Konqueror can be found in the [[AUR]] with the {{AUR|kmplayer}} package.
  
====Konqueror====
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{{Note|{{AUR|kmplayer}} Also provides a complete frontend to MPlayer.}}
{{AUR|kmplayer}} is in the [[AUR]].
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{{Note| Also provides a complete frontend to MPlayer.}}
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==== Chromium ====
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The {{Pkg|gecko-mediaplayer}} plugin for Firefox also works in [[Chromium]].
  
 
==Usage==
 
==Usage==
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# default configuration that applies to every file
 
# default configuration that applies to every file
 
[default]
 
[default]
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# use X11 for video output
 
# use X11 for video output
 
vo=xv
 
vo=xv
# use also for audio output
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# use alsa for audio output
 
ao=alsa
 
ao=alsa
 
# ao=oss # Use OSS4
 
# ao=oss # Use OSS4
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# multithreaded decoding of H264/MPEG-1/2 (valid: 1-8)
 
# multithreaded decoding of H264/MPEG-1/2 (valid: 1-8)
 
lavdopts=threads=2
 
lavdopts=threads=2
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# prefer using six channels audio
 
# prefer using six channels audio
 
channels = 6
 
channels = 6
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# scale the subtitles to the 3% of the screen size
 
# scale the subtitles to the 3% of the screen size
 
subfont-text-scale = 3
 
subfont-text-scale = 3
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# never use font config
 
# never use font config
 
nofontconfig = 1
 
nofontconfig = 1
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# add black borders so the movies have the same aspect ratio of the monitor
 
# add black borders so the movies have the same aspect ratio of the monitor
 
# for wide screen monitors
 
# for wide screen monitors
 
vf-add=expand=::::1:16/9:16
 
vf-add=expand=::::1:16/9:16
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# for non wide screen traditional monitors
 
# for non wide screen traditional monitors
 
#vf-add=expand=::::1:4/3:16
 
#vf-add=expand=::::1:4/3:16
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heartbeat-cmd="xscreensaver-command -deactivate &" # stop xscreensaver
 
heartbeat-cmd="xscreensaver-command -deactivate &" # stop xscreensaver
 
stop-xscreensaver="yes" # stop gnome-screensaver
 
stop-xscreensaver="yes" # stop gnome-screensaver
}}
 
  
===Keybindings===
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# Correct pitch when speed is faster or slower than 1.0
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af=scaletempo
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}}
  
:''This is a list of the most basic MPlayer keys.''
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===Key Bindings===
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System key bindings are configured via {{ic|/etc/mplayer/input.conf}}. Personal key bindings are stored in {{ic|~/.mplayer/input.conf}}. This is a list of some basic default MPlayer keys. For a complete list of keyboard shortcuts look at {{ic|man mplayer}}.
  
 
{|
 
{|
! width=50 align=left | Key
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! width=85 align=left | Key
 
! align=left | Description
 
! align=left | Description
 
|-
 
|-
| p
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| {{Keypress|p}}
 
| Toggle pause/play.
 
| Toggle pause/play.
 
|-
 
|-
| Space
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| {{Keypress|Space}}
 
| Toggle pause/play.
 
| Toggle pause/play.
 
|-
 
|-
 
|-
 
|-
| Backspace
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| {{Keypress|Backspace}}
 
| Return to menu when using dvdnav.
 
| Return to menu when using dvdnav.
 
|-
 
|-
| Left
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| {{Keypress|←}}
 
| Seek backward ten seconds.
 
| Seek backward ten seconds.
 
|-
 
|-
| Right
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| {{Keypress|→}}
 
| Seek forward ten seconds.
 
| Seek forward ten seconds.
 
|-
 
|-
| Down
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| {{Keypress|↓}}
 
| Seek backward one minute.
 
| Seek backward one minute.
 
|-
 
|-
| Up
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| {{Keypress|↑}}
 
| Seek forward one minute.
 
| Seek forward one minute.
 
|-
 
|-
| <
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| {{Keypress|<}}
 
| Go back in the playlist.
 
| Go back in the playlist.
 
|-
 
|-
| >
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| {{Keypress|>}}
 
| Go forward in the playlist.
 
| Go forward in the playlist.
 
|-
 
|-
| m
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| {{Keypress|m}}
 
| Mute the sound.
 
| Mute the sound.
 
|-
 
|-
| 0
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| {{Keypress|0}}
 
| Volume up.
 
| Volume up.
 
|-
 
|-
| 9
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| {{Keypress|9}}
 
| Volume down.
 
| Volume down.
 
|-
 
|-
| f
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| {{Keypress|f}}
 
| Toggle fullscreen mode.
 
| Toggle fullscreen mode.
 
|-
 
|-
| o
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| {{Keypress|o}}
 
| Toggle OSD state.
 
| Toggle OSD state.
 
|-
 
|-
| j
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| {{Keypress|v}}
 
| Toggle subtitle visibility.
 
| Toggle subtitle visibility.
 
|-
 
|-
| {{ic|I}}
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| {{Keypress|I}}
 
| Show filename.
 
| Show filename.
 
|-
 
|-
| 1, 2
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| {{Keypress|1}}, {{Keypress|2}}
 
| Adjust contrast.
 
| Adjust contrast.
 
|-
 
|-
| 3, 4
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| {{Keypress|3}}, {{Keypress|4}}
 
| Adjust brightness.
 
| Adjust brightness.
 
|-
 
|-
| j
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| {{Keypress|j}}
 
| Cycle through the available subtitles.
 
| Cycle through the available subtitles.
 
|-
 
|-
| #
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| {{Keypress|#}}
 
| Cycle through the available audio tracks.
 
| Cycle through the available audio tracks.
 
|}
 
|}
  
 
== Tips and Tricks ==
 
== Tips and Tricks ==
===Automatic Resuming Where You Left Off===
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=== Automatic resuming from where you left off ===
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To get this behavior, you can install the {{AUR|mplayer-resumer}} package from the [[AUR]]. The package contains a Perl wrapper script for MPlayer which will allow you to autoresume playback from the point it was last stopped.
  
The [[AUR]] contains an elegant perl wrapper-script which will allow autoresuming from the point at which playback was stopped {{AUR|mplayer-resumer}}.
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To use it, simply call the wrapper script in place of MPlayer:
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$ mplayer-resumer [options] [path/to/file]
  
Usage is trivial: simply call the wrapper-script in place of mplayer.
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If this script is restarted within a short amount of time after closing MPayer (default 5 seconds) then it will delete the file used to keep track of the videos resume position, effectively starting the video from the beginning.
Example:
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$ mplayer-resumer [options] [path/]filename
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If this script is restarted within $tdiff (default 5 seconds) then it will delete the file used to keep track of the videos resume position.
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'''RATIONALE'''
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Watching 90% of a video and stopping causes you to return to the beginning again the next time you watch it.  Remembering where you were in the video and resuming at that position is a much nicer behavior for the user.  By default, mplayer spits out timecode information that tells you where you are in the video, to the tenth of a second.  Mplayer also supports a seek feature on the command-line.  We can make use of these features to write an mplayer wrapper that will remember the last position in a video file and resume to it on playback.
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'''DESIGN LIMITATION'''
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If the video file to be played is on a read-only filesystem, or otherwise lives in a location that cannot be written to, resume will fail.  This is because the current implementation uses a file parallel to the video file to store the timecode.
 
If the video file to be played is on a read-only filesystem, or otherwise lives in a location that cannot be written to, resume will fail.  This is because the current implementation uses a file parallel to the video file to store the timecode.
  
===Enabling VDPAU (modern nVidia cards only)===
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=== Enabling VDPAU (for modern NVIDIA cards only) ===
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For a complete list of VDPAU capable hardware, see [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/PureVideo#Table_of_PureVideo_.28HD.29_GPUs this table].  Ensure the {{Pkg|nvidia}} driver is installed and consider one of the following two methods to automatically enable VDPAU for playback.
  
For a complete list of VDPAU capable hardware, see [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/PureVideo#Table_of_PureVideo_.28HD.29_GPUs this table]].  Ensure the ''nvidia'' driver is installed and consider one of the following two methods to automatically enable vdpau for playback.
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==== Using a configuration file ====
 
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Append the following to either the system-wide ({{ic|/etc/mplayer/mplayer.conf}}) or user-specific ({{ic|~/.mplayer/config}}) configuration files:
==== 1. Using a conf file ====
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  vo=vdpau,
Append the following to either the system-wide or user-specific config files
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  vo=vdpau,xv,
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  vc=ffh264vdpau,ffmpeg12vdpau,ffodivxvdpau,ffwmv3vdpau,ffvc1vdpau,
 
  vc=ffh264vdpau,ffmpeg12vdpau,ffodivxvdpau,ffwmv3vdpau,ffvc1vdpau,
  
{{Note|The trailing commas are important!}}
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{{Note|The trailing commas are important! They tell MPlayer to fall back on other drivers and codecs should the specified ones not be found.}}
{{Warning|The ffodivxvdpau is only supported by the most recent series of nVidia hardware. Consider omitting it based on your specific hardware.}}
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{{Warning|The {{ic|ffodivxvdpau}} codec is only supported by the most recent series of NVIDIA hardware. Consider omitting it based on your specific hardware. See [[NVIDIA#Enabling_Pure_Video_HD_.28VDPAU.2FVAAPI.29|the NVIDIA page]] for more information.}}
  
==== 2. Using a wrapper script ====
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==== Using a wrapper script ====
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The [[AUR]] contains a trivial Bash script called {{AUR|mplayer-vdpau-auto}} that detects which video codec to use and when to use VDPAU as the video output.
  
The [[AUR]] contains a trivial bash script called {{AUR|mplayer-vdpau-auto}} that detects which vc to use and when to use vo=vdpau.
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Another simple wrapper is {{AUR|mplayer-vdpau-shell-git}}, which can recover from a VDPAU FATAL error.
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This wrapper uses the "-include" option to include a VDPAU configuration, so it will ignore any VDPAU specific settings in your {{ic|~/.mplayer/config}} file.
  
===Translucent Video with radeon and Composite enabled===
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=== Translucent video with Radeon cards and Composite enabled ===
 
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To get translucent video output in X you have to enable textured video in MPlayer:
To get translucent video output in X you have to enable textured video in mplayer:
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  $ mplayer -vo xv:adaptor=1 <file>
 
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  $ mplayer -vo xv:adaptor=1 <File>
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Or add the following line to {{ic|~/.mplayer/config}}:
 
Or add the following line to {{ic|~/.mplayer/config}}:
 
 
  vo=xv:adaptor=1
 
  vo=xv:adaptor=1
  
You can use xvinfo to check which video modes your graphic card supports.
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You can use {{ic|xvinfo}} to check which video modes your graphic card supports.
 
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=== Smplayer No Video Issue ===
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Smplayer may have trouble opening mp4 (and probably flv) videos. If it plays only audio without video here is the fix:
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Open your {{Ic|~/.mplayer/config}} file and add
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=== SMPlayer: No video issue ===
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SMPlayer may have trouble opening some {{ic|MP4}} (and probably {{ic|FLV}}) videos. If it plays only audio without any video, a possible fix is to add the following lines to your {{ic|~/.mplayer/config}} file:
 
   [extension.mp4]
 
   [extension.mp4]
 
   demuxer=mov
 
   demuxer=mov
  
If problem persists after doing so, it is because of smplayer is keeping settings for that specific file. Deleting file settings of smplayer will fix this.
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If problem persists after doing so, it is because SMPlayer is keeping settings for that specific file. Deleting the settings for all the files that SMPlayer is keeping will solve this problem:
 
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   $ rm -rf ~/.config/smplayer/file_settings
 
   $ rm -rf ~/.config/smplayer/file_settings
  
=== (S)mplayer fails to resume playback after pause ===
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=== SMPlayer: Fail to resume playback after pause ===
 
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SMPlayer might stop playing a video after pausing it if your audio output driver is incorrectly set. You can fix this by specifically setting your audio driver. For example, if you use PulseAudio, this can be done by starting MPlayer with the {{ic|-ao pulse}} argument or by adding
Smplayer might stop playing a video after pausing it if your audio output driver is set wrong. If PulseAudio is used start mplayer with the "-ao pulse" argument or edit your {{Ic|~/.mplayer/config}} file and add
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the following to your {{ic|~/.mplayer/config}} file:
 
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   ao=pulse
 
   ao=pulse
  
In Smplayer you have to change your "Output-driver" under "General" - "Audio" in the options.
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You can also change this from SMPlayer by going to ''Options > Preferences > General > Audio'' and setting the ''Output Driver'' option to '''pulse'''.
  
===Transparent SMPlayer in Gnome with Composite enabled===
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=== SMPlayer: No video when using transparency in GNOME ===
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This problem may arise under GNOME when using Compiz to provide transparency: SMPlayer starts with a transparent screen with audio playing, but no video. To fix this, create (as root) a file with the contents:
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{{hc|/usr/bin/smplayer.helper|<nowiki>
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export XLIB_SKIP_ARGB_VISUALS=1
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exec smplayer.real "$@"</nowiki>
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}}
  
Have you noticed the transparent screen of smplayer when you are using compiz and maybe cairo-dock? Well it’s ridiculous that when you open your videos using SMplayer you can just hear audio and no video! Here’s how you fix this: [copy paste into terminal]
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Then do the following:
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# chmod 755 /usr/bin/smplayer.helper
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# mv /usr/bin/smplayer{,.real}
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# ln -sf smplayer.helper /usr/bin/smplayer
  
    sudo bash -c "cat > /usr/bin/smplayer.helper" <<EOF
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=== SMPlayer: OSD font too big / Subtitle text too small ===
    export XLIB_SKIP_ARGB_VISUALS=1
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Since SMPlayer 0.8.2.1 (with MPlayer2 20121128-1}}, the ratio of the subtitle font to the OSD font is very strange. This can result in the OSD text filling the whole screen while the subtitles are very small and unreadable. This problem can be solved by adding:
    exec smplayer.real "$@"
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-subfont-osd-scale 2
    EOF
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or to the extra options passed to MPlayer from SMPlayer. These options are found in ''Options > Preferences > Advanced > Options for MPlayer''. This can also be achieved by adding the following line to {{ic|~/.mplayer/config}}:
    sudo chmod 755 /usr/bin/smplayer.helper
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subfont-osd-scale=2
    sudo mv /usr/bin/smplayer{,.real}
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    sudo ln -sf smplayer.helper /usr/bin/smplayer
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If you don’t use sudo then just use “su” to login as root and do the above!
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=== Watching streamed video ===
 
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If you want to play a video stream (e.g an {{ic|ASX}} link) use:
===Watching streamed video===
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  $ mplayer -playlist link-to-stream.asx
If you want to play a video stream (e.g *.asx link) use:
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The {{ic|-playlist}} option is necessary because these streams are actually playlists and cannot be played without it.
 
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  $ mplayer -playlist link-to-stream.asx  
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To play the stream, as these are playlists of streams and won't be playable by omitting the -playlist option.
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===Play mplayer with dvdnav support===
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If you want to use mplayer with dvdnav support to enable the menus of a dvd then use the following syntax:
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=== MPlayer with DVDNav support ===
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If you want to use MPlayer with DVDNav (to enable the menus on DVDs), start it with the following options:
 
  $ mplayer -nocache dvdnav://
 
  $ mplayer -nocache dvdnav://
  
===Seek forward/backward in a downloading file===
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=== Seek in a downloading file ===
If you want to be able to seek forward and backward in a video file which is still downloading whilst watching it, add the following to your config file.
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If you want to be able to seek in a video file which is still downloading whilst watching it, add the following to your {{ic|~/.mplayer/config}} file:
 
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  idx=yes
 
  idx=yes
  
===Increase the total volume===
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=== Increase the total volume ===
If the maximal volume provided by the sound settings is not loud enough, you can increase the volume by mplayer itself. Activate softvol and set a maximal level which has to range between 10 and 10000.
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If the maximal volume provided by the sound settings is not loud enough, you can increase the volume from MPlayer itself. To do this, you have to activate {{ic|softvol}} and set a maximal level (with a range between 10 and 10000). This can be achieved by adding the following to your {{ic|~/.mplayer/config}} file:
 
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  softvol=1
 
  softvol=1
 
  softvol-max=600
 
  softvol-max=600
  
===Stream mplayer audio to jackd===
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=== MPlayer with JACK support ===
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To have MPlayer audio output directed to [[JACK]] as its default behavior, edit {{ic|~/.mplayer/config}} and add:
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ao=jack
  
Edit {{ic|~/.mplayer/config}} and add:
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If you don't have JACK running all the time, you can have MPlayer output to JACK on an as-needed basis by invoking MPlayer from the command line as such:
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$ mplayer -ao jack [path/to/file]
  
ao=jack
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=== MPlayer fails to open files with spaces ===
 
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MPlayer can fail to open a file with spaces (e.g. 'The Movie') by saying that it could not open the file {{ic|file:///The%20Movie}} (where all spaces are converted to {{ic|%20}}). This can be fixed by editing {{ic|/usr/share/applications/mplayer.desktop}} to changing the following line from:
=== Mplayer fails to open files with spaces ===
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If you try to open a file with spaces (The Movie) and mplayer fails. Saying that it could not open the file (file:///The%20Movie), where all spaces are converted to %20.  
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Then edit {{ic|/usr/share/applications/mplayer.desktop}} to change the following line from:
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  Exec=mplayer %U
 
  Exec=mplayer %U
 
 
To:
 
To:
 
 
  Exec=mplayer "%F"
 
  Exec=mplayer "%F"
  
If you have a frontend/GUI enter GUI name in Exec=gui_name "%F".
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If you use a frontend/GUI for MPlayer, enter its name in {{ic|<nowiki>Exec=gui_name "%F"</nowiki>}}.
  
 
==External links==
 
==External links==
 
* [http://www.mplayerhq.hu/ Official MPlayer website]
 
* [http://www.mplayerhq.hu/ Official MPlayer website]
* [http://www.keyxl.com/aaa2fa5/302/MPlayer-keyboard-shortcuts.htm List of shortcut keys]
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* [http://wiki.multimedia.cx/index.php?title=MPlayer_FAQ MPlayer FAQ]
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* [https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=n4Ul_A0VBVI MPlayer notes]
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* [https://help.ubuntu.com/community/MPlayerTips MPlayer tips]
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* [http://how-to.wikia.com/wiki/How_to_configure_MPlayer How to configure MPlayer]

Revision as of 21:15, 6 March 2013

MPlayer is a popular movie player for GNU/Linux. It has support for pretty much every video and audio format out there and is hence very versatile, even though most people use it for viewing videos.

Installation

MPlayer can be installed by three different packages from the official repositories:

Development versions are also available in the AUR:

For differences between the two see MPlayer2 vs MPlayer.

Additional installation tips

Frontends/GUIs

There are several GUIs for MPlayer.

  • GNOME MPlayer — A simple GTK+-based GUI for MPlayer.
http://kdekorte.googlepages.com/gnomemplayer || gnome-mplayer
  • KMPlayer — A video player plugin for Konqueror and basic MPlayer/Xine/ffmpeg/ffserver/VDR frontend for KDE.
http://kmplayer.kde.org/ || kmplayerAUR
  • Pymp — A PyGTK frontend for MPlayer.
http://jdolan.dyndns.org/trac/wiki/Pymp || pympAUR
  • SMPlayer — A middleweight Qt front-end for MPlayer with additional patches.
http://smplayer.sourceforge.net/ || smplayer
  • UMPlayer — A SMPlayer fork with extra features (CSS themes, YouTube integration, ShoutCast support, etc.).
http://www.umplayer.com/ || umplayerAUR
  • Xt7-Player — A graphical user interface for MPlayer written in Gambas, with a huge list of features.
http://xt7-player.sourceforge.net/xt7forum/ || xt7-playerAUR

Browser integration

If you want to let MPlayer control video viewing in your favorite web browser, install one of the following plugins for your browser.

Firefox

A browser plugin is available in the official repositories with the gecko-mediaplayer package.

Note: Depends on gnome-mplayer, which provides a complete frontend to MPlayer.

Konqueror

A plugin for Konqueror can be found in the AUR with the kmplayerAUR package.

Note: kmplayerAUR Also provides a complete frontend to MPlayer.

Chromium

The gecko-mediaplayer plugin for Firefox also works in Chromium.

Usage

Configuration

System-wide configuration is located in /etc/mplayer/mplayer.conf, whereas the user-local settings are stored in ~/.mplayer/config. The file /etc/mplayer/example.conf is a good starting point.

An example configuration:

/etc/mplayer/example.conf
# default configuration that applies to every file
[default]

# use X11 for video output
vo=xv

# use alsa for audio output
ao=alsa
# ao=oss # Use OSS4

# multithreaded decoding of H264/MPEG-1/2 (valid: 1-8)
lavdopts=threads=2

# prefer using six channels audio
channels = 6

# scale the subtitles to the 3% of the screen size
subfont-text-scale = 3

# never use font config
nofontconfig = 1

# add black borders so the movies have the same aspect ratio of the monitor
# for wide screen monitors
vf-add=expand=::::1:16/9:16

# for non wide screen traditional monitors
#vf-add=expand=::::1:4/3:16

#profile for up-mixing two channels audio to six channels
# use -profile 2chto6ch to activate
[2chto6ch]
af-add=pan=6:1:0:.4:0:.6:2:0:1:0:.4:.6:2
 
#profile to down-mixing six channels audio to two channels
# use -profile 6chto2ch to activate
[6chto2ch]
af-add=pan=2:0.7:0:0:0.7:0.5:0:0:0.5:0.6:0.6:0:0

# Disable screensaver.
heartbeat-cmd="xscreensaver-command -deactivate &" # stop xscreensaver
stop-xscreensaver="yes" # stop gnome-screensaver

# Correct pitch when speed is faster or slower than 1.0
af=scaletempo

Key Bindings

System key bindings are configured via /etc/mplayer/input.conf. Personal key bindings are stored in ~/.mplayer/input.conf. This is a list of some basic default MPlayer keys. For a complete list of keyboard shortcuts look at man mplayer.

Key Description
Template:Keypress Toggle pause/play.
Template:Keypress Toggle pause/play.
Template:Keypress Return to menu when using dvdnav.
Template:Keypress Seek backward ten seconds.
Template:Keypress Seek forward ten seconds.
Template:Keypress Seek backward one minute.
Template:Keypress Seek forward one minute.
Template:Keypress Go back in the playlist.
Template:Keypress Go forward in the playlist.
Template:Keypress Mute the sound.
Template:Keypress Volume up.
Template:Keypress Volume down.
Template:Keypress Toggle fullscreen mode.
Template:Keypress Toggle OSD state.
Template:Keypress Toggle subtitle visibility.
Template:Keypress Show filename.
Template:Keypress, Template:Keypress Adjust contrast.
Template:Keypress, Template:Keypress Adjust brightness.
Template:Keypress Cycle through the available subtitles.
Template:Keypress Cycle through the available audio tracks.

Tips and Tricks

Automatic resuming from where you left off

To get this behavior, you can install the mplayer-resumerAUR package from the AUR. The package contains a Perl wrapper script for MPlayer which will allow you to autoresume playback from the point it was last stopped.

To use it, simply call the wrapper script in place of MPlayer:

$ mplayer-resumer [options] [path/to/file]

If this script is restarted within a short amount of time after closing MPayer (default 5 seconds) then it will delete the file used to keep track of the videos resume position, effectively starting the video from the beginning.

If the video file to be played is on a read-only filesystem, or otherwise lives in a location that cannot be written to, resume will fail. This is because the current implementation uses a file parallel to the video file to store the timecode.

Enabling VDPAU (for modern NVIDIA cards only)

For a complete list of VDPAU capable hardware, see this table. Ensure the nvidia driver is installed and consider one of the following two methods to automatically enable VDPAU for playback.

Using a configuration file

Append the following to either the system-wide (/etc/mplayer/mplayer.conf) or user-specific (~/.mplayer/config) configuration files:

vo=vdpau,
vc=ffh264vdpau,ffmpeg12vdpau,ffodivxvdpau,ffwmv3vdpau,ffvc1vdpau,
Note: The trailing commas are important! They tell MPlayer to fall back on other drivers and codecs should the specified ones not be found.
Warning: The ffodivxvdpau codec is only supported by the most recent series of NVIDIA hardware. Consider omitting it based on your specific hardware. See the NVIDIA page for more information.

Using a wrapper script

The AUR contains a trivial Bash script called mplayer-vdpau-autoAUR that detects which video codec to use and when to use VDPAU as the video output.

Another simple wrapper is mplayer-vdpau-shell-gitAUR, which can recover from a VDPAU FATAL error. This wrapper uses the "-include" option to include a VDPAU configuration, so it will ignore any VDPAU specific settings in your ~/.mplayer/config file.

Translucent video with Radeon cards and Composite enabled

To get translucent video output in X you have to enable textured video in MPlayer:

$ mplayer -vo xv:adaptor=1 <file>

Or add the following line to ~/.mplayer/config:

vo=xv:adaptor=1

You can use xvinfo to check which video modes your graphic card supports.

SMPlayer: No video issue

SMPlayer may have trouble opening some MP4 (and probably FLV) videos. If it plays only audio without any video, a possible fix is to add the following lines to your ~/.mplayer/config file:

 [extension.mp4]
 demuxer=mov

If problem persists after doing so, it is because SMPlayer is keeping settings for that specific file. Deleting the settings for all the files that SMPlayer is keeping will solve this problem:

 $ rm -rf ~/.config/smplayer/file_settings

SMPlayer: Fail to resume playback after pause

SMPlayer might stop playing a video after pausing it if your audio output driver is incorrectly set. You can fix this by specifically setting your audio driver. For example, if you use PulseAudio, this can be done by starting MPlayer with the -ao pulse argument or by adding the following to your ~/.mplayer/config file:

 ao=pulse

You can also change this from SMPlayer by going to Options > Preferences > General > Audio and setting the Output Driver option to pulse.

SMPlayer: No video when using transparency in GNOME

This problem may arise under GNOME when using Compiz to provide transparency: SMPlayer starts with a transparent screen with audio playing, but no video. To fix this, create (as root) a file with the contents:

/usr/bin/smplayer.helper
export XLIB_SKIP_ARGB_VISUALS=1
exec smplayer.real "$@"

Then do the following:

# chmod 755 /usr/bin/smplayer.helper
# mv /usr/bin/smplayer{,.real}
# ln -sf smplayer.helper /usr/bin/smplayer

SMPlayer: OSD font too big / Subtitle text too small

Since SMPlayer 0.8.2.1 (with MPlayer2 20121128-1}}, the ratio of the subtitle font to the OSD font is very strange. This can result in the OSD text filling the whole screen while the subtitles are very small and unreadable. This problem can be solved by adding:

-subfont-osd-scale 2

or to the extra options passed to MPlayer from SMPlayer. These options are found in Options > Preferences > Advanced > Options for MPlayer. This can also be achieved by adding the following line to ~/.mplayer/config:

subfont-osd-scale=2

Watching streamed video

If you want to play a video stream (e.g an ASX link) use:

$ mplayer -playlist link-to-stream.asx

The -playlist option is necessary because these streams are actually playlists and cannot be played without it.

MPlayer with DVDNav support

If you want to use MPlayer with DVDNav (to enable the menus on DVDs), start it with the following options:

$ mplayer -nocache dvdnav://

Seek in a downloading file

If you want to be able to seek in a video file which is still downloading whilst watching it, add the following to your ~/.mplayer/config file:

idx=yes

Increase the total volume

If the maximal volume provided by the sound settings is not loud enough, you can increase the volume from MPlayer itself. To do this, you have to activate softvol and set a maximal level (with a range between 10 and 10000). This can be achieved by adding the following to your ~/.mplayer/config file:

softvol=1
softvol-max=600

MPlayer with JACK support

To have MPlayer audio output directed to JACK as its default behavior, edit ~/.mplayer/config and add:

ao=jack

If you don't have JACK running all the time, you can have MPlayer output to JACK on an as-needed basis by invoking MPlayer from the command line as such:

$ mplayer -ao jack [path/to/file]

MPlayer fails to open files with spaces

MPlayer can fail to open a file with spaces (e.g. 'The Movie') by saying that it could not open the file file:///The%20Movie (where all spaces are converted to %20). This can be fixed by editing /usr/share/applications/mplayer.desktop to changing the following line from:

Exec=mplayer %U

To:

Exec=mplayer "%F"

If you use a frontend/GUI for MPlayer, enter its name in Exec=gui_name "%F".

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