[MPlayer-users] newbie questions

Daniel Hauck daniel at yacg.com
Sun Feb 16 03:11:54 CET 2003

While I appreciate the power of command-line driven actions, one cannot
escape that the one thing that will make Linux appear on the desktop is
functional GUI interfaces and tools.  It's essentially necessary that
the GUI function as the end user would expect.  CLI tools are great for
those who prefer them, but if reality is factored in, it should be found
that it's a tiny minority who prefer the CLI.  

One of the reasons Linux on the desktop is being held back is that the
programmers are designing the user interface.  Different programmers
with different styles create varied user interfaces.  Varied user
interfaces creates a chaotic user experience.  This leads to an
understandable reluctance to use Linux tools over Windows tools which do
offer the unified user interface that virtually any user can understand
and use effectively.

I'll look into implementing the options you mentioned as part of the
actions associated with opening a file, but it would be nice if the GUI
would function as the end user would expect.

On Sat, 2003-02-15 at 14:44, Corey Hickey wrote:
> [Automatic answer: RTFM (read DOCS, FAQ), also read DOCS/bugreports.html]
> Daniel Hauck wrote:
> > [Automatic answer: RTFM (read DOCS, FAQ), also read DOCS/bugreports.html]
> > My chief complaints are in the way it plays.  The video window should
> > not be open unless there is video playing or displayed (i.e. video
> > loaded but not playing)  The logo display, which I cannot find a way to
> > remove, is too large and annoying.
> > 
> The mplayer GUI isn't really that mature; most of us don't use it-
> from the command line, mplayer can do pretty much everything. When I
> first started using mplayer, having the GUI hold my hand was comforting,
> until I realized that I wasn't actually using it to do anything. :)
> With mplayer's excellent keyboard control and OSD, the GUI is not really
> necessary.
> > mplayer does not respect window size and placement on the screen.  If I
> > set a playlist of multiple clips, it resizes and moves the window over
> > and over again with the beginning of each new clip.  If I select
> > double-size, it goes back to normal size with each new clip.
> > 
> See my comment above. If you use this:
> $ mplayer -xy 2 one.avi two.mov three.asf
> The video size will be doubled for every file. I think this works too:
> $ gmplayer -xy 2 one.avi two.mov three.asf
> if you really want the gui still. (can't check to make sure that works
> from here)
> > I would also like to see simple options like "looping" and repeat play. 
> > I would think "repeat" features would be relatively simple to
> > implement.  I think if those things are implemented, then this player
> > becomes everything the home/desktop user needs in a media player.
> >
> Read the man page for the -loop option.
> -Corey
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