MPlayer is a powerful and versatile media player that can play all types of free media formats (see the FreeFormats page) as well as most 'non-free' media formats. A companion program called MEncoder can be used to encode or transform any audio or video stream that MPlayer can read. See the Medibuntu wiki page for instructions about enabling support for encrypted DVD playback and non-native media formats in MPlayer and gmplayer. For more information visit the MPlayer web site.
Ubuntu 6.06 LTS (Dapper Drake) and later
Beginning with Ubuntu 6.06 Dapper Drake, you no longer need to match your CPU to the proper MPlayer package.
Simply install the mplayer package from the Multiverse repository.
Error opening/initializing the selected video_out (-vo) device
If you encounter this problem, you much likley have desktop effects activated, and OpenGL runs your desktop. To change the selected vo device, right click anywhere on the mplayer control window (where the play and pause buttons etc are). Select "precerences", then "Video"-tab and change driver to "gl2". Restart mplayer and see if it helps. You can try different drivers to get better performance.
MPlayer provides excellent streaming video support for Mozilla, Firefox, Epiphany and Konqueror. To enable support for streaming media install the package mozilla-mplayer.
[Edgy / Feisty] Firefox prefers the totem-mozilla plugin over mozilla-mplayer, so you will need to remove the package totem-mozilla to enable the mplayer plugin.
Tips Tricks & Techniques
Audio Video Syncing on FLV files
To correct problems of audio and video being out of sync, edit or create the file ~/.mplayer/config. Then add this text as a line anywhere in the file:
Supported Audio and Video Codecs
- Supported video codecs include:
- MPEG-1 (VCD) and MPEG-2 (SVCD/DVD/DVB) video
MPEG-4 SP/ASP (for example, encoded with DivX, XviD or FFmpeg MPEG-4)
- H.264 (MPEG-4 AVC)
- Windows Media Video 7/8/9 (WMV1/2/3)
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
- Intel Indeo 2, 3 (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
- various old simple RLE-like formats
- Supported audio codecs include:
- 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: SIPRO (using Real libraries)
RealAudio: DNET, Cooker, ATRAC3 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
MPlayer Documentation at the MPlayer web site
This wiki page explains how to install MPlayer from CVS