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MPlayer is a movie player for LINUX (runs on many other Unices, and non-x86 CPUs, like Windows, MAC...). It plays most DVD, VCD, MPEG, VOB, AVI, OGG/OGM, VIVO, ASF/WMA/WMV, QT/MOV/MP4, FLI, RM, NuppelVideo, YUV4MPEG, FILM, RoQ, PVA files. Mencoder is a converter that supports many input video formats. Command line tools but several frontend/GUIs available like SMPlayer available. Mencoder is included in most releases.

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Version history / Release notes / Changelog:
(11-29-2015) - r37561-2:
Updated FFmpeg to git N-76946-g337b6d3

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Guides and How to's:
Converting VHS to DVD under Linux HOWTO - Read
How to convert MKV to AVI or OGM to AVI using mencoder - Read
How to convert MOV files created by a Kodak digital camera - Read
Playing and Ripping Blu-Ray and HD DVD Video in Linux - Read
Quick and easy DVD + VCD creation under Linux - Read
View all guides with guide description here

Acronyms / Also Known As:
Mencoder, MPUI, Automen, EncodeDar, WinMEnc, YAMF


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I still recommend the PURE (command-line only) Mplayer above any of the available GUIs, if one prefers/needs performance to a (not always) easier-to-use interface. In the beginning, I relied on MPUI, but I had to leave it behind when it became as slow as the ever-bloated SMplayer. Just find some time and patience to study the HUGE documentation ^_^

P.S.: The Redxii builds (unfortunately) do not include the helpful docs folder, BUT you still can get it from Sherpya's builds at Sourceforge or elsewhere.

Posted January 24, 2013 by . Tool version r35738 by Redxii using OS WinXP
Ease of use 7 of 10 Functionality 9 of 10 Value for money 10 of 10 Overall score 9 of 10

Another open source player that plays almost anything. Works fine but if you have Windows why bother. There are about 10 different compiled Windows version on the homepage. Each one may have tweaks or the functions you need removed. Also the version numbering system is quite confusing. Used it only because vlc would not play a specific type of audio. Only needed if you have a very unusual file. I would recommend using ffmpeg first if only due to the lower number of compiled versions.

Posted August 15, 2012 by . Tool version svn-34401 using OS WinXP
Ease of use 10 of 10 Functionality 7 of 10 Value for money 10 of 10 Overall score 9 of 10

I found this tool to be quite effective in my setup. I use MythTV to record programs and encode them to DVD complaint MPEG2's or XviD AVI's. I have been using it for more than a year consistantly without any problem.

The previous poster's message that it takes hours to compile does not happen on my computer. On my computer it takes only 5-7 minutes to compile.

I like this program.

Posted June 18, 2006 by . Tool version Latest SVN (everyday) using OS Linux
Ease of use 10 of 10 Functionality 10 of 10 Value for money 10 of 10 Overall score 10 of 10

A decent player IF you can compile it, and that's a huge IF! Too many oddball dependencies, and many of the optional features are not available even with the proper dependencies. Last time I compiled it successfully, was an older version under Fedora Core 2 and with the GUI. It took 9 hours straight. That is not a misprint, and not just the compile time either - half of it was debugging it's cryptic errors. This latest version doesn't seem to want to compile at all - I gave up after 3 hours on FC4 and settled on compiling the commandline-only version. By the way, the current version is not compatible at all under FC5, though I suppose it will eventually be supported - no commandline OR GUI version!

On top of it all, the GUI interface is minimal at best and (at least the older version) doesn't seem to support playlists, or at least making multiple selections.

It's one strong suit is that it works with many codecs - but, supposedly, so do other players.

Personally, I consider MPlayer a last resort to be used only if you can't get one of the other players to work and if you MUST have multimedia capability on Linux.

Posted May 17, 2006 by . Tool version v1.0pre7try2 using OS Linux
Ease of use 2 of 10 Functionality 5 of 10 Value for money 2 of 10 Overall score 2 of 10

MPlayer will play just about anything you throw at it -- but it takes a little getting used to, especially if you've never worked with a command line before. Once installed and set up (which entails getting the font right for subtitles and getting various playback options set in a prefs file) I found I could control playback of files and DVDs very precisely. It'll do exactly what you want -- once you get into the groove of it.

Posted December 18, 2005 by . Tool version 1.0pre7 using OS Win2K
Ease of use 5 of 10 Functionality 10 of 10 Value for money 9 of 10 Overall score 8 of 10

I was able to save a .rm file that I could get with any other tool. See [url][/url].

Posted December 07, 2005 by . Tool version win32-050928 using OS WinXP
Ease of use 3 of 10 Functionality 7 of 10 Value for money 10 of 10 Overall score 8 of 10

Download windows gui from here
Plays mp4 files like a dream (among other things)

Posted November 07, 2005 by . Tool version mplayer-gui-rtm-cvs-20051031 using OS WinXP
Ease of use 8 of 10 Functionality 10 of 10 Value for money 10 of 10 Overall score 9 of 10

the BEST, i use it exclusively for playing oggs, encoding mpg's etc...

Posted August 12, 2005 by . Tool version dev-CVS-050514-10:43 using OS WinXP
Ease of use 2 of 10 Functionality 10 of 10 Value for money 10 of 10 Overall score 9 of 10

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