mplayer is awesome!
I've been happily living with mplayer leveraging vdpau on my Ubuntu Lucid 10.04 LTS. Until today that is, when I tried to play videos from my SLR, and there was no audio. Upon close look, mplayer was complaining thusly:
FAAD: Failed to initialize the decoder! ADecoder init failed :( [aac @ 0x4442a60]Audio object type 0 is not supported. Could not open codec. ADecoder init failed :( Cannot find codec for audio format 0x6134706D.I did STFW, and tried a couple of things, none of those worked for me. That's when I decided to give mplayer2 a try. mplayer2 is a fork of mplayer, I had read elsewhere that it contains a number of features not available in the original MPlayer.
Since I use vdpau, the mplayer2 website indicated that it'd be a better bet for me:
Much better support for VDPAU functionality
- Removed limitations that prevented switching frames more than once per monitor refresh. With MPlayer2 you can play high-FPS content or use fast forward on a 60 Hz monitor without breaking playback.
- Added support for the frame timing functionality of VDPAU.
- Improved performance by better buffer handling and smarter subtitle texture uploads (both VDPAU hardware decoding and displaying software decoded video with VDPAU perform better).
- Added logic to reduce frame timing jitter in some situations.
- Handle frames added by deinterlacing properly.
- Several bugfixes.
- Various minor improvements (studio level output support, set default deinterlace mode, ...)
Installing mplayer2 on Ubuntu 10.04 LTSHere's how I found to install mplayer2 on ubuntu 10.04 LTS:
$ sudo add-apt-repository ppa:ripps818/coreavc $ sudo apt-get update $ sudo apt-get install mplayer2
For reference, here's my ~/.mplayer2/config file. (See archlinux wiki on more about these entries..)
$ cat ~/.mplayer2/config # Write your default config options here! vo=vdpau, vc=ffh264vdpau,ffmpeg12vdpau,ffodivxvdpau,ffwmv3vdpau,ffvc1vdpau,
mplayer2 and 0x6134706Dmplayer2 seem to be able to play all those files mplayer was complaining about. I think I like the vdpau quality better with mplayer2, or it could just be a phsycological placebo effect!
Either way, I love mplayer, and mplayer2!