steve fiedler | 20 Nov 21:08 2015

Question on mplayer config for media file streaming


 I am running mplayer 1.0 and trying to stream video from a local media server.  I get the video to play as I want
from Firefox.  The issue is every time I start a video, it downloads the video and runs it locally. Everytime
I restart the video, I get an additional copy of the video file on the box. These video files are getting put
into /tmp as videofile.mp4, videofile-1.mp4, etc.

Not sure why the player wont just stream the video from the source, but I will settle for changing the dir from
/tmp to something I can clean out daily with a cron job.

Can someone tell me where I can change this config and select a different folder  besides tmp to download the
mp4 files to?  I looked in the mplayer.conf files and saw nothing there that looked like what I should change.

I am running mplayer 1 on SuSE 11.3.  I have to use this version since I cannot be changing lib files on these
boxes without doing some serious regression testing.


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Vera L. te Velde | 19 Nov 05:31 2015

help with mplayer screenshot functionality


I am trying to use mplayer to scroll through video segments frame by frame
and extract particular (in focus) frames. Unfortunately, this isn't working
as desired because using -vf screenshot saves the *next* frame, not the
frame that the video is currently paused on. Since I also can't step
backwards by a single frame after finding a focused frame that I want to
save, I've had to resort to saving huge numbers of frames and deleting most
of them by hand.

I found a bug report ( about the
screenshot behavior marked "will not fix" due to it being a known
limitation of vf_screenshot. I'm sure there is a good technical reason for
it, but this seems to be *clearly not* the desired behavior. I suspect most
people don't even realize that the current frame isn't saved, but in low
light or other conditions where focused frames are the exception, it is

Does anyone have any suggestions or workarounds that might help me
accomplish this extraction of particular focused frames as I identify them?
I can't use the operating systems print screen functionality because the
video isn't actually played back at full 4K resolution on a normal monitor.
Does anyone know another player that will extract the current paused frame
and which allows stepping forwards frame by frame?

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Marlon Smith | 1 Nov 23:50 2015

Mixed telecine playback with vdpau

Hi everyone,

I'm playing a dvd with mixed telecine and progressive content, and using
vdpau to accelerate playback, with this command:

mplayer dvd://4 -dvd-device /dev/sr0 -vo vdpau:deint=4:pullup

This works well for the telecined parts of the video, but introduces
artifacts during the progressive part (presumably because it is trying
to deinterlace the progressive content).

Alternatively, I've tried playback using:

mplayer dvd://4 -dvd-device /dev/sr0 -vf pullup -vo xv

This looks great during the progressive parts, but the deinterlacing
does not look as good as the vdpau deinterlacer.  It's also not hardware
accelerated :(

So my question is: how can I get vdpau to stop deinterlacing the
progressive parts of the video?  I sadly suspect this might not be
possible, since I know mplayer doesn't autodetect interlacing, but I
would LOVE it if someone knew of a way to do this.


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Zongyao Qu | 1 Nov 14:45 2015

fast-forward or back-forward cause the video frame output error

HW: MacBook Pro 2011 later
OS: OSX 10.11, 10.10
mplayer+ffmpeg: almost latest in master

1. the H264 encoded file
2. ffh264vda decoder is in use
3. so far, I only see the mp4 container has the issue,
but it is said some other containers have the same 
issue too.

When fast-forward or back-forward, the output video 
image outputs with noises, it is hard to describe 
how the noise is, it looks like that the I frame is lost,
and only P frame is used.

Also, I notice that the following log outputted.

[h264_vda  <at>  0x100f95e00]Discarding mismatching reference
[h264_vda  <at>  0x100f95e00]Missing reference picture, default is 0
[h264_vda  <at>  0x100f95e00]decode_slice_header error

I tried to use the SW decoder, it does not have the same issue.

I think it might be a ffmpeg's h264_vda issue,
but does not have time to deep look into it.

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David Shochat | 24 Oct 02:50 2015

GUI default volume

I recently rebuilt mplayer (with gui) from version (version 1.2 on an
Ubuntu 15.10 system, using the skin "standard", version 1.11). I'm now
noticing that when I start by using the gmplayer command, the volume starts
out at zero. I can increase the volume during playback using the GUI volume
wheel or the keyboard ('*') but the next time I start it we're back to
zero. What can I do so that I'll have a nonzero default volume using the
GUI? When I use mplayer (no gui) it seems to remember the volume I set.
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Eli the Bearded | 23 Oct 23:39 2015

Compiles failing

I've got an old version of mplayer, which seems to have a bug, so I
wanted to build the latest to see if it has been fixed, but it's not
working in ways that make me suspect build environment issues.

My system is Ubuntu 12.04:

$ gcc --version
gcc-4.6.real (Ubuntu/Linaro 4.6.3-1ubuntu5) 4.6.3
Copyright (C) 2011 Free Software Foundation, Inc.
This is free software; see the source for copying conditions.  There is NO

$ yasm --version
Compiled on Jun 10 2011.
Copyright (c) 2001-2010 Peter Johnson and other Yasm developers.
Run yasm --license for licensing overview and summary.

For the record, I tried, with *identical* results, the
MPlayer-1.2.tar.xz package and today's (2015-10-23)
mplayer-checkout-snapshot.tar.bz2. Since I want to check on a bugfix,
I'd prefer to use the snapshot source.

"./configure --prefix=$HOME/lib" works and runs to completion, but the
compile fails on the first file with:

cc -MMD -MP -Wundef -Wall -Wno-switch -Wno-parentheses -Wpointer-arith
  -Wredundant-decls -Werror=format-security -Wstrict-prototypes
  -Wmissing-prototypes -Wdisabled-optimization -Wno-pointer-sign
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Chris Lonsberry | 17 Oct 02:31 2015

"Audio device got stuck!" during playback of mono PCM

This is on a fresh install of Korora 22 with XFCE desktop.

When playing wav files I'm getting skipping during playback. I went to
the terminal to check it out and got the following output:

$ mplayer zoeng1.wav
MPlayer SVN-r37391-5.1.1 (C) 2000-2015 MPlayer Team
do_connect: could not connect to socket
connect: No such file or directory
Failed to open LIRC support. You will not be able to use your remote control.

Playing zoeng1.wav.
libavformat version 56.25.101 (external)
Audio only file format detected.
Load subtitles in ./
Opening audio decoder: [pcm] Uncompressed PCM audio decoder
AUDIO: 8000 Hz, 1 ch, u8, 64.0 kbit/100.00% (ratio: 8000->8000)
Selected audio codec: [pcm] afm: pcm (Uncompressed PCM)
AO: [pulse] 8000Hz 1ch u8 (1 bytes per sample)
Video: no video
Starting playback...
A:   0.1 (00.1) of 0.6 (00.6) ??,?%
Audio device got stuck!
A:   0.1 (00.1) of 0.6 (00.6)  0.0%
Audio device got stuck!
A:   0.1 (00.1) of 0.6 (00.6)  0.0%

So, it is getting stuck twice in an audio clip that is only about one
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Antonio Olivares | 5 Oct 22:09 2015

how to enable libdvdread, cannot play dvds

Dear folks,

I am running mplayer on Fedora 22 machine.  

I get that I cannot play dvds because :

MPlayer was compiled without libdvdread support.

[olivares <at> localhost ~]$ mplayer dvd://$(mplayer dvd:// -identify -frames 0 | grep LENGTH | sort -n -t = -k
2 | tail -1 |cut -f 4 -d _) -dvd-device /dev/sr0
No stream found to handle url dvd://
MPlayer was compiled without libdvdread support.
MPlayer SVN-r37420-5.1.1 (C) 2000-2015 MPlayer Team
[olivares <at> localhost ~]$ mplayer dvd://
MPlayer SVN-r37420-5.1.1 (C) 2000-2015 MPlayer Team

Playing dvd://.
No stream found to handle url dvd://

Exiting... (End of file)
[olivares <at> localhost ~]$

[olivares <at> localhost ~]$ rpm -qa libdvdread

Config files successfully generated by ./configure --prefix=/usr !

Install prefix: /usr
Data directory: /usr/share/mplayer
Config direct.: /usr/etc/mplayer
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luvyua | 1 Oct 19:30 2015

compile error [powerpc mac osx 10.5.8]

CC	libavutil/ppc/cpu.o
CC	libavutil/ppc/float_dsp_altivec.o
In file included from libavutil/ppc/float_dsp_altivec.c:21:
libavutil/ppc/util_altivec.h:165:5: warning: "HAVE_VSX" is not defined
CC	libavutil/ppc/float_dsp_init.o
libavutil/ppc/float_dsp_init.c: In function 'ff_float_dsp_init_ppc':
libavutil/ppc/float_dsp_init.c:43: error: 'HAVE_VSX' undeclared (first use
in this function)
libavutil/ppc/float_dsp_init.c:43: error: (Each undeclared identifier is
reported only once
libavutil/ppc/float_dsp_init.c:43: error: for each function it appears in.)
make[1]: *** [libavutil/ppc/float_dsp_init.o] Error 1
make[1]: Leaving directory `mplayer-svn-r37527/ffmpeg'
make: *** [ffmpeg/libavutil/libavutil.a] Error 2

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Alayne McGregor | 29 Sep 22:53 2015

mplayer suddenly does not recognize keyboard input

I'm hoping someone can help me with an abrupt change in mplayer behaviour. 
I RTFMd and googled but couldn't find anything related to my problem.

I'm running MPlayer2 2.0-701-gd4c5b7f-2ubuntu2.

I use mplayer to play mp3, flac, and wav files (mostly mp3), from the 
command line on my Ubuntu 14.04 system. I mostly am transcribing the 
files, so I need to stop and start frequently and seek backwards and 

Up until this morning, it worked perfectly and was very useful.

This morning, when I played the mp3 file I was working on last night, the 
audio played fine but mplayer didn't recognize _any_ normal keyboard input 
(except CTL-C). I also got an error which I hadn't seen before: "Dead key 
input on file descriptor 0".

I hadn't changed any of my mplayer options or setup.

Late last night after I finished my work, I did a standard update on my 
machine, updating
- the kernel to 3.13.0-65-generic
- python-software-properties to
- libcuda1-340 to 340.76.0ubuntu0.1, 340.93.0ubuntu0.1
- nvidia-331 to 340.76.0ubuntu0.1, 340.93.0ubuntu0.1
- nvidia-340 to 340.76.0ubuntu0.1, 340.93.0ubuntu0.1 (plus several other 
nvidia packages)
- software-properties-kde to,
- software-properties-common to,
This is all that I changed on my system.
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Venkat Lakshminarayanan | 25 Sep 20:12 2015

copying elapsed time to clipboard


Does anyone have suggestions on how  to copy the current time position
(elapsed time) to the clipboard?  Ideally, I would assign this process to a
keypress, to allowing me to enter time codes as I transcribe audio for
work. Is this possible in mplayer? If not, any suggestions for work-arounds
would be much appreciated.


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