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.
When trying to play a video, I get a black screen. It’s the same with VLC and mplayer.
alias mplayer='mplayer -vo x11'
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)”.
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?
alias killvlc='kill -9 `ps ux | grep vlc | grep -v grep | tr -s " " | cut -d" " -f2`'
Did you know that VLC media player can play Youtube videos? Neither did I. Try this:
Does Flash break all the time? Use VLC :)
Tip from here.
Mplayer has an option for that :) Try this:
mplayer -vf pp=lb interlaced_video.iso
This procedure is called deinterlacing.
VLC can do this too. Available under Video -> Deinterlace. You can also choose the deinterlacing method under Video -> Deinterlace mode.
sudo add-apt-repository ppa:n-muench/vlc sudo apt-get update && sudo apt-get install vlc
Under Ubuntu, when playing a movie with
VLC, I hear some crackling. The audio output is distorted. With
mplayer everything works fine.
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.