A KDE media player based on MPlayer
KPlayer is available in Catalonian, Czech, Danish, English, Finnish, French, German, Hungarian, Italian, Polish, Portugese, Russian, Simplified Chinese, Spanish and Swedish languages.
A recent MPlayer
- KPlayer uses the famous MPlayer as the backend for playing audio and video files and streams. This ensures the maximum variety of supported types of files and encodings.
- You need to have MPlayer version 0.90 or later. Of the stable MPlayer releases 0.90 was the least buggy, but it has security issues. The same issues were present in recent unstable releases up to and including 1.0-pre3, so if you are concerned about security (as you should be), your choice would be MPlayer 1.0-pre4 or later. However, 1.0-pre4
- introduced a fresh set of bugs, in particular in remote URL handling and FTP support.
- If there are good binary packages for your distribution, use those.
- For example on Debian unstable you would do
- echo 'deb ftp://ftp.nerim.net/debian-marillat/ unstable main' >> /etc/apt/sources.list
- apt-get update
- apt-get install mplayer-k7
- Substitute unstable for stable or testing as required, and k7 for 386, 586, 686 or k6, according to your processor type.
- As always compiling from source is an option.
- If you got an mplayer.conf in /etc/mplayer or a ~/.mplayer/config, check them to make sure that they do not have a line like "gui=yes".
- Kill it dead if you find it. Use 'gmplayer' if you ever decide to use MPlayer's own GUI (not recommended).
- It is perfectly fine if you want to remove the MPlayer config files entirely. However, they may be useful as an alternative way of specifying options that KPlayer does not yet support directly.
X11 and XVideo
- X11 is required. Recommended versions are XFree86 4.2.x and 4.3.x, as well as X Server versions released by X.org.
- XVideo extension is recommended. You can check your /etc/X11/xorg.conf or /etc/X11/XF86Config-4 file for a line that reads
- Load "extmod"
- This is the line that loads XVideo extension, so make sure it is not disabled. Also check /var/log/XFree86.0.log to make sure that XVideo is loaded without error.
Qt and KDE
- KPlayer 0.5.x supports KDE 3.3, 3.2 and 3.1, so you need to either run a relatively recent KDE (recommended) or at least have KDE libraries and the corresponding Qt libraries on your system.
- video, audio and subtitle playback from file, URL, DVD, VCD, audio CD, TV, DVB, etc., as well as KDE I/O Slaves;
- volume, contrast, brightness, hue and saturation controls;
- zooming, full screen and fixed aspect options;
- status and progress display and seeking;
- message log;
- configuration dialog;
- file properties for setting file specific options.
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What's New in This Release:
- Fixed infinite loop in properties dialog.
- Updated documentation and translations.