MPlayer is a very popular movie player which runs on many systems including Linux. It has builtin support for the most common video and audio formats (see list below), as well as having a powerful filter system for video and audio manipulation.
MPlayer currently works best from the command line, but visual feedback for many functions is available from its onscreen status display (OSD), which is also used for displaying subtitles. MPlayer also has a Graphical User Interface (GUI) with skin support and several unofficial alternative graphical frontends are available.
MPlayer supports displaying through some hardware MPEG decoder boards, such as the DVB and DXR3/Hollywood+.
MPlayer has an onscreen display (OSD) for status information, nice big antialiased shaded subtitles and visual feedback for keyboard controls. European/ISO 8859-1,2 (Hungarian, English, Czech, etc), Cyrillic and Korean fonts are supported along with 12 subtitle formats (MicroDVD, SubRip, OGM, SubViewer, Sami, VPlayer, RT, SSA, AQTitle, JACOsub, PJS and our own: MPsub). DVD subtitles (SPU streams, VOBsub and Closed Captions) are supported as well.
The player is rock solid playing damaged MPEG files (useful for some VCDs), and it plays bad AVI files which are unplayable with the famous windows media player.
- Supported Input Formats: (S)VCD (Super Video CD), CDRwin’s .bin image file, DVD, including encrypted DVD, MPEG-1/2 (ES/PS/PES/VOB), RIFF AVI file format, ASF/WMV/WMA format, QT/MOV/MP4 format, RealAudio/RealVideo format, Ogg/OGM files, Matroska, NUT, NSV
(Nullsoft Streaming Video), VIVO format, FLI format, NuppelVideo format, yuv4mpeg format, FILM (.cpk) format, RoQ format, PVA format, streaming via HTTP/FTP, RTP/RTSP, MMS/MMST, MPST, SDP, and TV grabbing.
- Supported Video and Audio Codecs: MPEG-1 (VCD) and MPEG-2 (SVCD/DVD/DVB) video, MPEG-4 in all variants including DivX ;-), OpenDivX (DivX4), DivX 5 (Pro), XviD, Windows Media Video 7/8 (WMV1/2), Windows Media Video 9 (WMV3) (using x86 DLL), RealVideo 1.0, 2.0 (G2),
RealVideo 3.0 (RP8), 4.0 (RP9) (using Real libraries), Sorenson v1/v3 (SVQ1/SVQ3), Cinepak, RPZA and other QuickTime codecs, DV video, 3ivx, Intel Indeo3 (3.1, 3.2), Intel Indeo 4.1 and 5.0 (using x86 DLL or XAnim codecs), VIVO 1.0, 2.0, I263 and other H.263(+) variants (using
x86 DLL), MJPEG, AVID, VCR2, ASV2 and other hardware formats, FLI/FLC, HuffYUV, and various old simple RLE-like formats.
- Supported audio codecs: MPEG layer 1, 2, and 3 (MP3) audio, AC3/A52 (Dolby Digital) audio (software or SP/DIF), AAC (MPEG-4 audio), WMA (DivX Audio) v1, v2, WMA 9 (WMAv3), Voxware audio, ACELP.net etc (using x86 DLLs), RealAudio: COOK, SIPRO, ATRAC3 (using Real libraries), RealAudio: DNET and older codecs, QuickTime: Qclp, Q-Design QDMC/QDM2, MACE 3/6 (using QT libraries), ALAC, Ogg Vorbis audio, VIVO audio (g723, Vivo Siren) (using x86 DLL), alaw/ulaw, (ms)gsm, pcm, *adpcm and other simple old audio formats.
- Supported Video Output Devices: X11 with SHM extension, X11 using overlays with the Xvideo extension (hardware YUV & scaling), Xvideo Motion Compensation, VIDeo Interface for *niX, VIDIX in an X11 window, VIDIX on the console, X11 DGA extension (both v1.0 and v2.0), OpenGL renderer, gl2, framebuffer output, SVGAlib output (supports EGA displays), SDL >= v1.1.7 driver, GGI graphics output, text mode rendering, text mode rendering in color, display through the VESA BIOS (also needed for Radeon TV-out), and DirectFB support.
- Supported Audio Output Devices: OSS (Open Sound System), SDL (Simple Directmedia Layer), ALSA (Advanced Linux Sound Architecture), NAS (Network Audio System), ESD (ESound Daemon), ARTS (KDE Sound System),and JACK (Jack Audio Connection Kit).
- Streaming: Authentication for Real RTSP stream.
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