[mythtv-users] mplayer doesn't work when started by mythfrontend

Andrew Junev a-j at a-j.ru
Sun Dec 6 10:29:47 UTC 2009

Hello All,

I have a strange issue with "Watch Videos" on my frontend-only
machine. mplayer starts, but video is like "paused" and I can't switch
it to "play" mode. I can seek forward/backward, but instead of playing
the video back, I only get a still image.
I tried it with -vo xv and -vo vdpau, without any difference.

If I quit mythfrontend and execute exactly the same player run string
from a terminal window:

mplayer -fs -zoom -quiet <filename>

the file is played back just fine!!!

I checked the log, and couldn't see any difference between running
mplayer from a command line and running mplayer from within

MPlayer SVN-r29800-4.4.2 (C) 2000-2009 MPlayer Team

Playing /video.archive/back.to.the.future.1.avi.
Cache fill: 19.97% (3350528 bytes)
AVI file format detected.
[aviheader] Video stream found, -vid 0
[aviheader] Audio stream found, -aid 1
VIDEO:  [XVID]  608x336  12bpp  23.976 fps  1600.3 kbps (195.3 kbyte/s)
Clip info:
 Software: VirtualDubMod (build 2178/release)
Forced video codec: ffh264vdpau
Forced video codec: ffmpeg12vdpau
Forced video codec: ffvc1vdpau
Forced video codec: ffwmv3vdpau
Opening video decoder: [ffmpeg] FFmpeg's libavcodec codec family
Selected video codec: [ffodivx] vfm: ffmpeg (FFmpeg MPEG-4)
Opening audio decoder: [mp3lib] MPEG layer-2, layer-3
AUDIO: 48000 Hz, 2 ch, s16le, 192.0 kbit/12.50% (ratio: 24000->192000)
Selected audio codec: [mp3] afm: mp3lib (mp3lib MPEG layer-2, layer-3)
AO: [pulse] 48000Hz 2ch s16le (2 bytes per sample)
Starting playback...
Movie-Aspect is 1.81:1 - prescaling to correct movie aspect.
VO: [vdpau] 608x336 => 608x336 Planar YV12  [fs] [zoom]

Exiting... (Quit)

(this is taken from the mythfrontend log). No errors, nothing that can
indicate an issue. But instead of a smooth playback I only get a still
image (that changes if I press FF / RR buttons on my remote).

Is there anyone else here who had such an issue?

Any ideas on how to make mplayer work from mythfrontend?

Thanks in advance!

P.S. I have and NVidia 8600GT-based video adapter. My mplayer is
configured to use vdpau by default:
$ cat /home/mythtv/.mplayer/config

Best regards,

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