Sunday, 23 October 2011

mplayer und VDPAU in 11.10

One good thing in 11.10 is, that you do not have to compile the mplayer by your own anymore. All necessary VDPAU support is already given. Therefore you can start a high definition movie directly with:
mplayer -vo vdpau -vc ffh264vdpau movie.file
Trying to use SMPlayer as a GUI was not very successful. It seems that through my own sound configuration SMplayer has problems with initialising the sound properly. Crash after crash with several different settings I tried GNOME-Mplayer as well, but with the same error results. It is a little bit curious, because both video players are just GUI's for mplayer.

Well it doesn't matter. I am fine with mplayer and so I added just some additional lines for more comfort into /etc/mplayer/mplayer.conf:
vo=vdpau
vc=ffh264vdpau
fs=yes
aspect=16:9
For working smoother with mplayer here my favorite keyboard shortcuts:
p / SPACE - Pause (pressing again unpauses)
q / ESC - Stop playing and quit
# - Cycle through the available audio tracks
f - Toggle fullscreen

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