chris.gleba at miab.aorcentaf.af.mil
Wed Jul 10 02:24:01 CEST 2002
I just wanted to congratulate the developers of mplayer! Frankly,
mplayer is not only the best media player in Linux but it is the
best media processor/player that I have ever used.
It is very fast, reliable, stable, feature-filled yet not bloated. It's
error recovery and stability are mind boggling -- it will play damaged
video files that other, ahem, "commercial" players just plain crash on.
I especially like the CLI as well as the ability to use just about
any output an input method there is -- I'm especially amused by the
aalib output and love the ability to play a dvd on the root window
in X. The flexibility, number of options and the clean architecture
are as beautiful as well written poetry.
I have been using it since .60 and am currently using .90. I recently
bought a new laptop and I was almost certain that I wasn't going to be
able to play DVDs under Linux because of the Mach64 video card (the
xvideo extension for this card is not supported in XF86 4.2). Reading
the documentation I found out about the xvidix output option, used it
and voila -- it worked! The playback was a little jittery but I
atributed it to slow hardware and was happy -- until I found out about
the double-buffering option and the cache option. Now playback is
*flawless*! I never expected that.
I also use mplayer on my other computer through directfb which works
awesome. The *only* reason before mplayer I ever booted to windows was
for video playback with odd file types and where I needed fast playback
speed compared to the other linux players. Since mplayer I have been
able to completely ditch Windows which makes me *very* happy and
furthermore I am much happier with mplayer then I ever was with any of
the Windows players -- it is a much better product.
Again, a big thank you to the developers and a congratulations on such a
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