[MPlayer-users] Decoder failed: confusing warning/error message

Nilmoni Deb ndeb at ece.cmu.edu
Tue Jul 22 01:20:33 CEST 2003

	While playing all sorts of files (MPEG 1/2/4) with mplayer
current cvs, this error/warning messages comes up very frequently:

The selected video_out device is incompatible with this codec.
VDecoder init failed :(

These messages appear even though mplayer plays the video stream just

grep shows these are from lines (current cvs):


The questions I have are:

1. The information is very incomplete since it does not say which
"video_out device" is incompatible with which "codec". Adding this info is
a good idea. Since these are macro strings, one can easily add some info
at the end to get the job done as follows:

The selected video_out device is incompatible with this codec.[XV:FFMPEG
VDecoder init failed :( [whatever video decoder could not be inited]

2. What is the relation between a codec and a video o/p device ?

- Nil

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