[mythtv-users] mplayer has problems in myth

Kevin Ross kevin at familyross.net
Sat Dec 12 20:58:11 UTC 2009

Allen Edwards wrote:
> Is this the right string to play videos?
> mplayer -fs -zoom -quiet -vo xv %s
> I have a few problems.
> 1) On some videos, I get to a still, like the parental warning, and 
> everything hangs there.  Have to restart X to get out.
> 2) On some videos, the menu shows only cursor positions, no text or 
> background image so you can't tell what to do.
> 3) There are skips on the audio.  This I can live with and think it is 
> probably in the video itself but thought I would list it.
> The only one I trouble shot is the first and mplayer can play past the 
> parental warning when started outside myth.  In cases 1 and 2 using 
> VLC plays the video fine but the WAF is non-existent for this mode so 
> I have to do it.  If myth won't play the video when I am not there, 
> the video doesn't get watched.
> I updated mplayer to 1.0rc2-4.2.4 which I think is the latest one.  No 
> change.
> Allen

1 and 2 make it sound as if you're trying to play DVDs (.iso images or 
VIDEO_TS folders), as opposed to, say, .avi or .mkv files.  I've never 
had good results playing DVDs with mplayer.  I always use Internal for 
DVDs.  Internal player also has much higher WAF than mplayer.

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