Posted on 2006-06-08
Last Modified: 2010-04-20
Hi i just installed mplayer

I did it with the folowing

./configure --with-codecsdir=/usr/local/lib/codecs
make install

mplayer is installed ok!

but when i go to play a file it seems as theough its playing but i all i get is the top part of my screen player it very blurred in a strip!!!!

i have played this file with these codecs before!! infact i dowloaded the all-32111 codecs from player website can anybody help please???


Question by:bryanchellen

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    Author Comment

    this only happens in Xwindows (kde 3.4)

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    I recommend to use a gui frontend, that is designed to play your Mplayer files within a graphical desktop
    - here KDE - so in your case you better use the kplayer which is based on mplayer, but
    works as an agent or frontend for your mplayer which is a need on backend side, but may
    cause problems on the graphical frontend in the way you experienced.
    For further read and help here some reference:

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    ok but i really want to get mplayer working just because it should!

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    >> ok but i really want to get mplayer working just because it should!

    Kplayer is set up on 'mplayer', like the head is set up on it's body,
    so what is the problem ?  You'd have mplayer and the frontend which makes it working happily
    under the environment, YOU did choose.
    You cannot simply force something to work in an environment, where it obvioiusly is
    not happy to do it's job. You may try to change your environment or desktop,
    but even under Gnome it is advised to use mplayer with gmplayer as a graphical
    frontend. Sure, mplayer may be designed to display video files under Xwindows,
    but KDE is built on XWindows, it is a graphical desktop in the XWindows environment,
    it is not XWindows itself. It would be interesting to try and see, how it is performing without any KDE
    running at all, so logout to run level 3, where you have a terminal, but no XWindows running and call
    mplayer with the command, so that MPlayer would only open the graphical XWindow things it needs, without
    disturbing with the KDE environment. If that's possible and it works then simply continue with no
    KDE running, starting mplayer from runlevel 3 (where you only have a black screen with a user login
    and a shell prompt thereafter).
    If you though want the comfort of having your KDE running while trying to run your mplayer, then you should
    give the system what the system needs, which is the graphical adaption (kplayer . . ) suitable
    to work under KDE. This is how I see it. You'd have to understand that it is simply difficult
    and causing effects as you can see on your screen, if you try to do two things at same time (mplayer and KDE)
    , that have different preferences. The way to combine all into one is installation of kplayer, because it is built
    to cooperate with KDE. Cheers.


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    ok how do i set codecs for kmplayer

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    Quote:  "KPlayer uses MPlayer as the multimedia backend for playing audio and video files and streams. This ensures maximum variety of supported types of  files and encodings. You need to have MPlayer version 0.90 or later. The recommended version is 1.0-pre5. If there are good binary packages for your distribution, use those. "

    This is from the first link, that I gave you hereinabove:

    I did not want to give you the idea, that I am an expert in those things, actually I am rather not, but
    I thought it would help you to know, that AFTER installation of your mplayer with the codecs there would be a CHANCE
    to access your files via the kplayer, which would likely save you from the disturbances which you get right now.
    It simply did remind me of something similiar that we have in the scanner area: sane as the backend
    & xsane or other frontedns to acccess over graphical interface and I think this is very much of how kplayer works on mplayer.
    It is an estimation which I thought could help, but no guarantee, since I have neither your system nor mplayer/kplayer installed
    on my box. So you have to try to find out and maybe read the references which I gave you. Honestly hope it will help you.


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