[MPlayer-users] Force mplayer to use video decoder for DVD?

Richi Plana mymplayer at richip.dhs.org
Wed Oct 3 17:17:03 CEST 2007

On Wed, 2007-10-03 at 10:08 -0400, Rashkae wrote:
> Richi Plana wrote:
> > Hi,
> > 
> > Is it possible to force mplayer (without modifying the source) to use an
> > arbitrary video decoder when the input source type is a DVD? If so, how
> > does one do it? Better yet, can mplayer be made to detect the video
> > encoding used in a DVD-type container?
> > --
> Forgive me if I misunderstand your question...
> AFAIK, a "DVD Movie" is always Mpeg 2, and recorded in a specfic fashion 
> with specific control files, etc etc.
> If however, you have something homemade and burned to a blank DVD disk 
> that you want to play, you have to mount that disc on your computer then 
> instruct Mplayer (or any other video player) to play the file you want.

I'm sorry. I guess I should have mentioned what I really had in mind
instead of musing "out loud".

I'm just wondering if there's a way to create a ratDVD-like filesystem
so that I can make DVD backups complete with menus but use an encoding
scheme that compresses better than Mpeg-2. I don't intend to play back
my video archives on standard video players, anyway, but I would like to
keep menus. In fact, I have some DVD's where the videos are all on
different tracks (making having a menu an attractive solution).

As well, if it actually works, I might be able to get mplayer to play
the ratDVDs I DO have. If I need to get into the code to do it, well, so
be it. There IS a demand.

Richi Plana

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