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What is MPlayer | MPlayer Wiki | Features of MPlayer

This post centers on the following parts: What is MPlayer for Linum/Windows/Mac OS X, what is MPlayer supported video and audio formats, and what is the use/history of MPlayer?

After nearly two year's waiting, MPlayer users can finally get the MPlayer updated version - v1.2 since Oct.3, 2015, which supports the latest FFmpeg 2.8 and get VDPAU hardware accelerated decoding on proper card and drivers. Its GUI, a few codes (such as HEVC, VP9, VP9 and Prores)/decorders (Opus, AAC and DTS) and many others have been improved in the recent version. But user cannot find the interal copies of libdvdnav and libdvdcss any more. Download it from its home page to have a try now!

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What is MPlayer | Features of MPlayer

MPlayer is a movie player which runs on many systems. It plays most MPEG, VOB, AVI, OGG/OGM, VIVO, ASF/WMA/WMV, QT/MOV/MP4, Realmedia, Matroska, Nut, NuppelVideo, FLI, YUV4MPEG, FILM, RoQ, PVA files, supported by many native, XAnim, and Win32 DLL codecs. You can watch VideoCD, SVCD, DVD, 3ivx, DivX 3/4/5, WMV, H.264 and even HEVC movies.


Another great feature of MPlayer is the wide range of supported output drivers. It works with X11, Xv, DGA, OpenGL, SVGAlib, fbdev, AAlib, DirectFB, but you can use GGI, SDL (and this way all their drivers), VESA (on every VESA compatible card, even without X11!) and some low level card-specific drivers (for Matrox, 3Dfx and ATI), too! Most of them support software or hardware scaling, so you can enjoy movies in full-screen. MPlayer supports displaying through some hardware MPEG decoder boards.

MPlayer has an onscreen display (OSD) for status information, nice big anti-aliased shaded subtitles and visual feedback for keyboard controls. European/ISO 8859-1, 2 (Hungarian, English, Czech, etc.), Cyrillic and Korean fonts are supported along with 12 subtitle formats (MicroDVD, SubRip, OGM, SubViewer, Sami, VPlayer, RT, SSA, AQTitle, JACOsub, PJS and our own: MPsub).

MPlayer Supported Media Formats

Physical media: CDs, DVDs, Video CDs
Container formats: 3GP, AVI, ASF, FLV, Matroska, MOV (QuickTime), MP4, NUT, Ogg, OGM, RealMedia, Bink
Video formats: Cinepak, DV, H.263, H.264/MPEG-4, AVC, HuffYUV, Indeo, MJPEG, MPEG-1, MPEG-2, MPEG-4 Part 2, RealVideo, Sorenson, Theora, WMV, Bink
Audio formats: AAC, AC3, ALAC, AMR, DTS, FLAC, Intel Music Coder, Monkey's Audio, MP3, Musepack, RealAudio, Shorten, Speex, Vorbis, WMA, Bink
Subtitle formats: AQTitle, ASS/SSA, CC, JACOsub, MicroDVD, MPsub, OGM, PJS, RT, Sami, SRT, SubViewer, VOBsub, VPlayer
Image formats: BMP, JPEG, MNG, PCX, PTX, TGA, TIFF, SGI, Sun Raster
Protocols: RTP, RTSP, HTTP, FTP, MMS, Netstream (mpst://), SMB, ffmpeg:// (Uses FFmpeg's protocol implementations)

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Jack Watt is a sought-after editor at Digiarty. He is responsible for digital and multimedia world, delivering definitive video and audio related software reviews, enlightening guides, and incisive analysis. As a fan of Apple, Jack Watt also brings his experience to more readers and focuses on writing of the Apple ecosystem at large.

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