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The best movie player application for Linux-based operating system, as well as BSD flavors

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MPlayer is an open source CLI application that provides users with a very powerful multimedia player for Linux. It can play any known audio or video format, including MPEG, VOB, AVI, Ogg/OGM, VIVO, ASF/WMA/WMV, QT/MOV/MP4, FLI, RM, NuppelVideo, YUV4MPEG, FILM, RoQ, and PVA files.

It can also be used to watch movies stored on DVD-Video, VideoCD, SVCD, 3ivx, and DivX 3/4/5 optical discs. Unfortunately, it’s only a command-line program, which makes it less popular among inexperienced and beginner Linux users.

Getting started with MPlayer

Softpedia distributes the main source archive for MPlayer application, which needs to be extracted, configured, compiled and installed on your Linux operating system. However, we recommend to install it via the default channels of your distributions.

When running the command from a terminal emulator, users will need to type something like mplayer [options] [url|path/]filename, where [options] is completely optional. A basic example will be mplayer /home/softpedia/Videos/MyMovie.mp4.

Command-line options

Basic options include the ability to select a video or audio output driver (-vo < drv >/-ao < drv >), play (S)VCD (Super Video CD) tracks (vcd://< trackno >), playback DVD titles (dvd://< titleno >), select audio or subtitle language of a DVD (-alang/-slang), or seek video files to a given position (-ss < position >).

In addition, you can choose to disable sound with the -nosound option, watch a movie in fullscreen using the -fs option, set the display resolution (-x < x > -y < y >), specify subtitle and playlist files (-sub < file >/-playlist < file >), select audio and video stream to play (-vid video_name -aid audio_name), change video and audio rate (-fps video_fps -srate audio_fps), enable post-processing filters (-pp < quality >), and frame dropping (-framedrop).

Several graphical user interfaces exist

A complete list with all the advanced options and keyboard shortcuts can be found in the man page. There are many well known open source graphical applications that are based on MPlayer, including SMPlayer, GNOME MPlayer, KMPlayer, Rosa Media Player, and Deepin Media Player.

MPlayer was reviewed by Marius Nestor
Last updated on October 18th, 2014
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