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Which media player to use?

November 2, 2014 1 comment

When I started to use Linux, I played movies with mplayer. Then the development of mplayer seemed to slow down (stopped?) and I switched to VLC. VLC is very easy to use and it plays everything, so I’m very satisfied with this player.

A few days ago I discovered mpv, which is a fork of mplayer2 and MPlayer. It shares some features with the former projects while introducing many more.

It seems that mplayer and mplayer2 are dead, but mpv is developed actively (check it out on github).

I just ran through its feature list and I saw that if you quit with Shift-q (i.e. Q), then mpv will resume from that position next time you start the same movie. Cool.

So next to VLC you can keep mpv too.

black screen with VLC and mplayer

September 5, 2013 Leave a comment

Problem

When trying to play a video, I get a black screen. It’s the same with VLC and mplayer.

Solution

mplayer:

alias mplayer='mplayer -vo x11'

VLC:

Go to Tools -> Preferences -> Video. At the Output, choose “X11 video output (XCB)” from the dropdown list. If it doesn’t work, untick the option “Accelerated video output (Overlay)”.

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VLC gets stuck

January 29, 2013 Leave a comment

Problem
On my Linux box, VLC gets stuck sometimes and only the good old “kill -9” can shoot it out. Is there a single command to kill it?

Solution

alias killvlc='kill -9 `ps ux | grep vlc | grep -v grep | tr -s " " | cut -d" " -f2`'
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Play Youtube videos with VLC

November 27, 2012 1 comment

Did you know that VLC media player can play Youtube videos? Neither did I. Try this:

vlc http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Dmn4gtZWVzw

Does Flash break all the time? Use VLC :)

Tip from here.

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Play an interlaced video without those funny lines

March 20, 2012 Leave a comment

Problem
I wanted to watch a DVD but it was interlaced, thus it contained lots of disturbing horizontal lines. How to get rid of those lines? Is there a way to filter them out?

Solution
Mplayer has an option for that :) Try this:

mplayer -vf pp=lb interlaced_video.iso

This procedure is called deinterlacing.

Tip from here. Image borrowed from here.

Update
VLC can do this too. Available under Video -> Deinterlace. You can also choose the deinterlacing method under Video -> Deinterlace mode.

VLC 2.0 is out

February 22, 2012 Leave a comment

How to install VLC 2.0 in Ubuntu

In short:

sudo add-apt-repository ppa:n-muench/vlc
sudo apt-get update && sudo apt-get install vlc
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VLC’s sound is crackling

February 10, 2012 5 comments

Problem
Under Ubuntu, when playing a movie with VLC, I hear some crackling. The audio output is distorted. With mplayer everything works fine.

Solution
I found the solution here. This problem is caused by pulseaudio. Start VLC, then go to Tools -> Preferences -> Audio, and change the Output module from the default to ALSA. The distortion went away.

Note that I have Ubuntu on several machines and I had this problem on one machine only.

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