Further mplayer upgrades

alex at 22-music.com alex at 22-music.com
Wed Dec 18 06:31:51 PST 2002

So I finally finished my upgrades on the mplayer hint for 0.9.0rc1 - and
an new version should be released maybe already this year! This hint will
remain work in progress - I just hope to keep up with the MPlayer team.

Merry X-Mas and a Happy New Year!

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TITLE:		Getting the best out of MPlayer
AUTHOR:		Alex Kloss <alex at 22-music.com>

	How to get the best of the great linux media player MPlayer.

	Your system is too slow for avifile and you like pure gcc code
	without object orientation better anyway. Why not trying
	MPlayer? You don't even need an X-Server to let it run. And now
	that I've rewritten lots of this hint, it should be easy enough
	for everyone. And it plays (almost) everything you throw at it.

	http://www.MPlayerHQ.hu/downloads.html (CVS version should be
	fine, but also the stable versions are known to be pretty)

	You should also load a recent package of the windows codecs and
	of the OSD fonts (if you don't want a On Screen Display anyway,
	you could leave those alone). Every package is now .bz2-packed,
	so you don't need unzip anymore. If you don't like those OSD
	prerendered fonts, you can configure MPlayer to use freetype2
	for a font renderer with --enable-freetype.

	If you want gui support, you should load a gui skin of your
	liking, too, plus you'll definitely need XFree86, libpng and
	gtk+ (which requires glib itself).

	Since 19.11.2002 (CVS) and release 0.90rc1, Sorenson support was
	added. If you're interested in that feature, additionally click
	"More binary codecs" on the download page. Get whatever you
	want. If you load The Quicktime6 dlls, be sure to load the
	Quicktime5 dlls, too, because the latter provides a file
	necessary for the usage of the first. The Quicktime "extra"
	dlls are codecs not yet supported. The rp8/9codecs are shared
	objects for linux, the xanim codecs are binary modules.

	In further versions, at least the Quicktime codecs might be
	integrated into the windows codec pack.


	Video Output:
	XFree86 (look at the X hint): http://www.xfree86.org
	aalib: http://www.aalib.org
	SDL: (also uses X) http://www.libsdl.org
	GGI: (if you really want it) http://www.libggi.org
	SVGAlib: http://www.svgalib.org
	directfb: (used by SDL as well as by MPlayer)
	glib/gtk: http://www.gtk.org (only for gui)
	libpng: http://www.libpng.org (needed for gui, too)
	Video Codecs / Content Decryption:
	xvid: http://www.xvid.org OR
	divx4linux: (Videocodec: http://www.projectmayo.com, look on
	http://www.divx.com or http://avifile.sourceforge.net for an
	actual binary version or get the cvs version)
	ffmpeg (dito: http://ffmpeg.sourceforge.net; use CVS if
	possible, obsolete when using mplayer release version)
	LZO: http://www.oberhumer.com/opensource/lzo/
	XAnim Codecs: http://Xanim.va.pubnix.com/
	RealPlayer Libs:
	libdvdnav: http://dvd.sourceforge.net (DVD Navigation support)
	unrarlib: http://www.unrarlib.org (can play files directly from
	.rar archives - even splitted ones!)

	Audio Stuff:

	Ogg Vorbis: (read the Ogg/Vorbis-Hint) http://www.xiph.org
	MAD (Mpeg Audio Decoder): http://mad.sourceforge.net
	liba52: (ATSC A/52 Decoder): http://liba52.sourceforge.net
	cdparanoia: (for CD playing) http://www.xiph.org


	Before installing aalib, you should ask yourself if you really
	need it. It's not usable to really watch something (in console
	or not), you'll mostly have a picture like that:

||  00:00:01 ....-..............................................................
------ PAUSED -------................................. .. ... ..................
vlvIlilillvllllliilll +++ Welcome to ASCII ARTS MPlayer +++ |+|+iixvvnvllIvnoooI

	Maybe you'll recognize the DreamWorks trailer, but I wouldn't
	bet on it! It's more a "show off"-feature to make the windows
	users envious... anyway, to install it, simply type

	./configure --prefix=<e.g. /usr> &&
	make &&
	make install

	Don't forget to replace "<e.g. /usr>" with the prefix you want
	to install aalib to.


	This is a marvellous library for multimedia functions. It
	provides fast scaling and full screen functions using X,
	framebuffer or even ascii art. It's also necessary for a lot of
	other multimedia programs and games, so if you're interested,
	you should have it installed anyway. On the other hand, it's
	not really necessary for fast output. If you want it anyway,
	install it with the following commands:

	./configure --prefix=<e.g. /usr> &&
	make &&
	make install

	Don't forget to replace the prefix statement here, too.


	Some guys had the nice idea of doing a framework to unify all
	graphic	"targets" like ascii art console, X server,
	SDL, svgalib, framebuffer device, and whatever implemented. The
	drawback was mostly on security. I've tested it in an earlier
	version, but don't like to install it on my current system.
	Please refer to the install instructions of the developers.

	The framebuffer device in the kernel is still said to be
	experimental. SVGAlib is what the linux community used before
	to have full access to their graphics hardware. It's still
	pretty stable, fast and usable. Only drawbacks: you need root
	rights to run it and it got no accelerated scaling functions.

	./configure --prefix=<e.g. /usr> &&
	make &&
	make install

	Please read the documentation!

	Since the framebuffer device is somewhat complicated to use,
	there's a library called directfb, which is an abstraction
	graphic layer featuring things like fast resizing, rendering,
	and so on. Hopefully, the installation works with:

	./configure --prefix=<e.g. /usr> &&
	make &&
	make install

	And the prefix should be replaced, too.


	MPlayer release versions usually come with an actual copy of
	libavcodec, so you may want to skip the following steps if you're 
	using this version. The actual CVS version of libavcodec has
	divx5 abilities, so you might want to get it when using other

	cvs \
	-d:pserver:anonymous at cvs.ffmpeg.sourceforge.net:/cvsroot/ffmpeg\
	login && [press enter for password]
	cvs -z3 \
	-d:pserver:anonymous at cvs.ffmpeg.sourceforge.net:/cvsroot/ffmpeg\
	co ffmpeg/libavcodec &&
	cd ffmpeg &&
	./configure --prefix=<e.g. /usr> &&
	make &&
	make install

	To use ffmpeg codecs with mplayer, you need to copy the whole
	libavcodec dir to the mplayer source main dir:

	cp -av libavcodec ../MPlayer-<version>/libavcodec

	Now ffmpegs libavcodec will be available for mplayer.

	divx4linux (libdivxdecore)

	divx4linux aka OpenDivX is considered closed source since
	the releases are binary-only. Xvid on the other hand, does
	nice and frequent source releases (Xvid is discussed in the
	next section).

	MPlayer can use divx4linux OR xvid. If you choose for one of
	it, you can't use the other.
	The CVS version compiled fine for me, at least the decoding
	stuff was easy. To get all of it, type

	cvs -d:pserver:anonymous at cvs.projectmayo.com:/cvsroot \
	login &&
	cvs -d:pserver:anonymous at cvs.projectmayo.com:/cvsroot \
	co divxcore

	Compile the CVS version:

	cd divxcore/decore/build/linux &&
	make &&
	cp libdivxdecore.so /usr/local/lib &&
	ln -s /usr/local/lib/libdivxdecore.so \
	/usr/local/lib/libdivxdecore.so.0 &&
	cp ../../src/decore.h /usr/local/include &&
	cd ../../../encore/build &&
	mkdir linux &&
	cd linux &&
	cat > Makefile << "EOF"




SOURCES=$(SRCDIR)/_test_main.c $(SRCDIR)/encore.c \
    $(SRCDIR)/bitstream.c $(SRCDIR)/mom_access.c $(SRCDIR)/mom_util.c \
    $(SRCDIR)/mot_code.c $(SRCDIR)/mot_est_comp.c $(SRCDIR)/mot_est_mb.c \
    $(SRCDIR)/mot_util.c $(SRCDIR)/putvlc.c $(SRCDIR)/rate_ctl.c \
    $(SRCDIR)/text_bits.c $(SRCDIR)/text_code.c $(SRCDIR)/text_code_mb.c \
    $(SRCDIR)/text_dct.c $(SRCDIR)/vop_code.c


all: libdivxencore.so

libdivxencore.so: $(OBJECTS)
        $(CC) -shared -lc -lm $^ -o $@

        rm -f libdivxencore.so $(OBJECTS)
EOF &&
	make &&
	cp libdivxencore.so /usr/local/lib &&
	ln -s /usr/local/lib/libdivxdecore.so \
	/usr/local/lib/libdivxdecore.so.0 &&
	cp ../../src/encore.h /usr/local/include &&

	You may exchange /usr/local with any prefix of your liking.

	If you want to use the released source library (and since you're
	on LFS,	I do think so), simply:

	./configure --prefix=<e.g /usr/X11R6> &&
	make &&
	make install &&

	You could also use the binary version that was shipped w/
	avifile (http://avifile.sourceforge.net), though it has a very
	crude installation script and is not really optimised.


	Warning: Xvid can't be used if divx4linux is enabled!

	Xvid is another free implementation of an mpeg4/divx-compatible
	codec. It's very optimized for x86-CPUs and capable of playing
	most divx-encoded movies. For installing it, type:

	cd xvidcore/build/generic &&
	# [uncomment if wanted] vim Makefile.linuxx86 &&
	make -f Makefile.linuxx86 &&
	make -f Makefile.linuxx86 install &&

	Now xvid should be found when you start Mplayer's configure


	LZO is a fast, lossless-compression library. You can use it
	to compress raw audio/video data. It's also usable by transcode
	so you could use it for previewing stuff. It usually achieves
	compression values around 50%, so a usual TV Signal stream
	should be compressed to 10MB/sec. It's not that usable to the
	usual user, as you can see, but since transcode supports this
	format... it works like everything else:

	./configure --prefix=<e.g. /usr> &&
	make &&
	make install

	Replace the prefix at will or leave this switch out.

	You could install that old avi player. You also could use but
	the codecs, but be warned that the unlicensed use of the codec
	with another program than xanim is illegal. If you don't bother
	about legality issues, you may proceed, but you've been
	warned... just unpack the codecs to /usr/local or another
	directory of your choice and tell MPlayer with the switch
	--with-xanimlibdir=... where you stored those files.


	This package allows you to use DVD navigation. Mplayer's
	documentation reports the support to be unstable, so you better
	try it yourself if you think you need it. Installation is easy:

	./configure --prefix=<e.g. /usr> &&
	make &&
	make install

	The prefix could be replaced here, too.


	This package holds the windows codecs currently supported by
	mplayer. You're supposed to unzip the content to /usr/lib/win32
	or any other dir specified during the execution of the mplayer
	configure script with the --with-win32libdir=<directory> option.

	If you have a windows codec not to be in that package and want
	it supported, you could put it in that package, edit the
	codec.conf file and try to use it anyway. If it doesn't work,
	look at the documentation and contact the authors.

	Quicktime and other codec packs

	All dll codecs should go right into the /usr/lib/win32
	directory or whatever you've used for it when you installed the
	windows codecs. 
	The realplayer codecs are in linux shared object (.so) format,
	so you can unpack them directly to /usr/local or another
	directory of your liking and tell ./configure the place where
	you've put them: --with-reallibdir=<e.g /usr/local/rp9codecs>.


	Unrarlib enables mplayer to play files directly from .rar
	archives (only those made by WinRAR 2.9 or older, WinRAR 3.0
	files are not supported yet). A copy of that library comes with
	every release version. To get it into the CVS versions, simply
	copy the necessary files to the MPlayer directory:

	cp -v ../unrarlib-<version>/unrarlib/* .
	<version> should be replaced with the actual version number
	(which is 0.4.0 at the current date). The unrarlib files are 
	autodetected, so don't bother.

	liba52, MAD, Ogg/Vorbis

	Both packages liba52 and MAD are autodetected and compile right
	out of the box with a short:

	./configure &&
	make &&
	make install

	There's a good hint about Ogg/Vorbis, so read this if you need


	This pal has a whole bunch of options, so I will only name a
	few helpful ones that aren't autodetected anyway to save you a
	lot of hassle:

	./configure --prefix=<e.g /usr/X11R6> --enable-largefiles \
        --enable-gui --enable-menu --enable-liblzo --enable-vorbis \
	--enable-freetype --with-extraincdir=/usr/X11R6/include \
	--with-extralibdir=/usr/X11R6/lib &&
	make &&
	make install

	Replace the prefix with your liking. To explain all those other
	options, I've done the following list, all options with a hint
	what to choose (in case you don't know what to do with them).

	--disable-mencoder	mencoder is an <whatever mplayer plays>
				to divx4-encoder that comes with all
				newer CVS versions. If you don't want it,
				you may disable it here. If you don't
				use divx4linux, it wouldn't be
				activated anyway.
				[don't use this switch]

	--enable-gui		If you want mplayer with a gui (and
				since the developer don't want it for
				good reasons, it's deactivated by
				default), you need to enable it here and
				start mplayer with the -gui option
				afterwards. You need glib/gtk+ and
				libpng for the gui!
				[If you need a gui, OK. It wouldn't
				make it faster! Otherwise, don't touch
				If you enable this, don't forget to
				download the gui skins!

	--enable-largefiles	It so happens that actual file systems
				are able to manage files larger than
				2GB. If you want mplayer to be able to
				play those files, you should use this
				[you probably won't need it, but it
				doesn't hurt anyway]

	--enable-linux-devfs	Tells mplayer to search for devfs
				[If you don't know what this is, better
				not touch this]

	--enable-termcap	The keystroke detection could be
				managed using libtermcap. I haven't yet
				found out what use this has.
				[It's autodetected anyway]

	--disable-iconv		MPlayer should not use the iconv(3) 
				function. "man iconv" tells us it's
				something about character conversion.

	--disable-setlocale	If you don't want locale support, use
				this switch.
				[Mplayer will autodetect missing locale
				support, so don't bother]

	--enable-lirc		If you want to control mplayer via
				infrared remote control, you need an IR
				reciever and lirc (since I've never used
				this, I don't know much about it - so
				don't bother me).
				[autodetected too]

	--enable-joystick	Yes! You can control mplayer with your
				joystick. You've got none? Poor you.
				[Only if you've got any joystick that's
				already set up properly, this switch
				has any use at all]

	--disable-tv		It is a not well known fact that you
				can use mplayer as well to watch tv
				using a video4linux or dvb grabber-card.
				[If you haven't such a card or don't
				want to use mplayer to watch TV, you
				may use that switch]

	--disable-tv-v4l	If you have got a dvb grabber card, but
				no video4linux-card, you may want to
				disable that annoying "try to find 
				[if you have a bttv-card or similar,
				don't touch it, otherwise you may use

	--disable-tv-bsdbt848	The BSD interface for Brooktree Chipsets
				can be disabled. Since this is an LFS
				hint, you should be running linux, not
				[Autodetected anyway]

	--disable-rtc		The usage of /dev/rtc can help 
				synchronizing audio/video. If you have
				it, mind. If you want to use it
				properly without giving mplayer root
				permissions (which is seriously inse-
				cure), you may want to add the line
				"echo 1024 > \
				/proc/sys/dev/rtc/max-user-freq" to
				your setclock script.

	--disable-streaming	Mplayer can play stuff from http://,
				mms:// or even rtp://. If you don't
				want this, you can disable it.
				[If your computer isn't connected to
				the net in any kind, you can use this
				switch, otherwise leave it alone]

	--enable-live		LIVE! is a library for streaming media.
				If you've got it on your system, you
				may want to enable it. Look into the
				docs for more info.
				[Disabled by default; if you don't have
				the lib, you don't need it]

	--disable-dvdnav	DVD navigational support via libdvdnav
				can be disabled. The documentation says
				it would be unstable. I haven't tested
				it yet.

	--disable-dvdread	Mplayer's usage of libdvdread can be
				disabled this way.

  	--disable-mpdvdkit	Disable Mplayer's own libraries for DVD
				decryption support.
				[Autodetected, but it only searches for
				UDF support anyway, as far as I can see]

	--disable-css		Disable old-style libcss DVD support.
				Since mplayer comes with it's own libs,
				you probably don't need that anyway.
				[Autodetected, rather not mess with it]

	--disable-cdparanoia	Disable cdparanoia support. You can't
				use mplayer anymore to play audio CDs

	--enable-freetype	Enable freetype2 font rendering support
				[Disabled by default. If you've got the 
				font package, you wouldn't need it 

	--disable-unrarlib	Mplayer can use Unique's RAR File 
				Library to play files that are packed
				in a .rar archive.
				[autodetected if available]

	--disable-new-conf	New configuration parser code, which is
				necessary for menu support can be
				disabled. OK, it may be experimental,
				but it works very well for me.
				[Don't touch it]

	--enable-menu		Enable On Screen Display (OSD) menu -
				it's like a command line shell rendered
				over your movie - def'nitely a show-off
				option in mplayer.
				[It's cool, but you don't need it]

	--enable-gif		Using libungif, you can make mplayer
                                using gif files for a video output.

	--enable-png		Same for libpng and png images.

	--enable-jpeg		Same for libjpeg and jpeg images.

	--enable-liblzo		lzo is a lossless movie compression.
				Mplayer can use it or not.

	--disable-win32		If you dislike the thought of
				using closed-source codecs, you may
				disable thusly. You could also let this
				option remain but not use that codec
				by default (see CONFIGURE section)

	--disable-dshow		Only disable the directshow
				codecs. DirectShow is a multimedia
				extension to the ms video libraries, so
				the codecs could use the graphic 
				hardware almost directly. Strangely, on
				some systems are these codecs much

	--disable-xanim		I hope you've read the section
				above. Anyway, there's not much stuff
				only accessible with the xanim codecs
				(some quicktime movies, though).
				Remember it's illegal!
				[If you have xanim or codecs installed
				and want to avoid legal issues, you
				should use that switch; nope]

	--disable-real		If you don't want mplayer to use the 
				libraries that comes with the real
				player, you can use this switch.
				[Don't bother unless something goes
				wrong with Real Player]

	--enable-vorbis		It is possible to use the free 
				OggVorbis as audio codec. If you have
				these libs installed, you may use them.
				[Autodetected anyway]

	--enable-faad		FAAD is the mpeg4/AAC audio codec.

	--disable-libdv		You can use Mplayer to view your DV 
				videos, preconditioned you've got libdv
				installed properly. This switch is to
				disable those ability.

	--disable-mad		Disable libmad (mpeg audio) support.

	--disable-vidix		Vidix is the new output layer
				of mplayer. It's more powerful than
				directfb, so you can generally call it
				useful. But for those who doesn't want
				it anyway...
				[Enabled on *nix, not usable otherwise,
				better not touch it]

	--enable-gl		OpenGL rendering. Not the fastest
				method of rendering the video output,
				but nevertheless usable. Good for
				OpenGL-enabled GFX-cards (like FireGL).

	--enable-dga=[1/2]	DirectGraphicAccess is XFree's answer
				to DirectX(tm), so mplayer accesses the
				gfx hardware almost directly. To run
				this, you need to run mplayer as root.
				[Autodetected; if DGA2 gives you
				errors, you may use that switch to
				downgrade to DGA1]

	--enable-vesa		Low-level VESA drivers (somewhat faster
				than svgalib, but still unaccelerated).

	--enable-svga		SVGAlib support (needs to be run as

	--enable-sdl		libSDL support (read the stuff about
				SDL). Nice, but doesn't smarten mplayer
				up, anyway.

	--enable-aa		AA-lib gives you cool-looking textmode
				output. It may be not very usable to
				watch your movies anyway, but provides
				a nice effect (and you could use it in
				console too, even via telnet!).

	--enable-ggi		GGI can handle multiple devices (AA,
				SDL, X11, DGA, SVGAlib etc. pp). It is
				also considered to be insecure.

	--enable-directx	This is somewhat undocumented. I guess
				it's used for the cygwin port of mplayer
				(since you seem to be running LFS...)

	--enable-dxr2		The DXR2 is a Video Decoding Hardware
				that can be used through that driver.

	--enable-dxr3		If you have a DXR3/H+ Video Hardware
				Decoding board, you may use it with
				that driver.

	--enable-dvb		Some DVB cards have video output

	--enable-mga		If you have a Matrox MGA[200/400/450]
				card, you may compile the mga_vid
				module, load it and have really fast
				overlay graphics.
				You need to set up the device before
				you try to use/detect it:

				cd drivers &&
				make &&
				cp mga_vod.o /lib/modules/<kernel-
				version> &&
				cd .. &&
				mknod /dev/mga_vid c 178 0 &&
				insmod mga_vid.o

				You may also add to modules.conf:
				alias char-major-178 mga_vid


	--enable-xmga		Same for XFree.

	--enable-xv		X Video extension. Works mostly out of
				the box. Only on some Trident and some
				older cards (especially on notebooks),
				you may get errors with XFree86 4.1 and 
				older versions. Don't report that
				errors as MPlayer bugs! That are errors
				of XFree86!

	--enable-vm		Enable the changing of video modes. On
				a normal CRT, you may want that.

	--enable-xinerama	You could even use more than 1 Screen
				to display your movie.

	--enable-x11		X11 software rendering (slow, no
				scaling). Useful for making screenshots.

	--enable-fbdev		If you have framebuffer device
				support in your kernel and want to use
				it with mplayer, you may enable this.
				[Yes, if you have /dev/fb0; nope]

	--enable-fbdev=noocpy	If you want to decode directly into the
				framebuffer (without pre-caching), you
				can enable it with this switch, but it
				will possibly result in an untidy image.
				[Leave it alone]

	--enable-mlib		Solaris uses mlib for graphics output.
				Considered you're running Linux, you
				don't need anything of this.
				[Autodetected anyway]

	--enable-3dfx		Like --enable-mga, only for 3dfx cards
				(all cards currently supported by the
				XFree86 tdfx driver). Look at the docs.
				[You'll need to enable it, if you want
				to use it; nope]

	--enable-tdfxfb		There's a accelerated framebuffer 
				driver for 3dfx cards. If you're using
				this one, it could speed things up.
				[look above; nope]

	--enable-directfb	That's a library to access fast
				framebuffers. Nice to watch vids
				without XServer.

	--enable-zr		MJPEG capture/playback cards with Zoran
				chips (like LML33 and Miro DC10/DC10+)
				can be used. Read the documentation!
				[Never mind, autodetected]

	--enable-bl		Ever heard of Blinkenlights? If you've
				want to use the lights of your
				skyscraper for viewing videos... No?
				[Don't touch it unless you know what
				you're doing]

	--disable-ossaudio	If you don't want the normal OSS sound
				driver to be used (ALSA-only system?).

	--disable-arts		KDE's sounddemon arts can be used or
				not. If you're not anymore using KDE,
				but have arts available, this switch
				can come handy.
				[Autodetected otherwise]

	--disable-alsa		If you don't want the ALSA driver to be 

	--disable-sunaudio	Disable SUN audio support. I can't
				imagine where this option should be

	--disable-win32waveout	Another option for the cygwin
				compilation, don't bother.

	--disable-select	If you want to disable OSS soundcard
				selection. Some older OSS drivers can't
				cope w/ that.
				[If you have new OSS drivers/hardware,
				you may give it a try; nope]

				You can compile an mplayer binary
				that'll run on any CPU.
				[Not recommended]

	--language=xx		xx: cz de dk en es fr hu nl no pl ro ru
				Select your language. It happened on
				earlier versions that this could cause
				errors due to unfinished
				internationalisation. If you encounter
				such errors, try to leave that switch
				[Since you're reading this, you
				understand english: nope]

	--enable-shared-pp	Makes a shared post-processing library
				that can be used e.g. by transcode.
				[If you've want to use transcode, use
				this switch!]

	Most of the following CPU instruction set enhancements options
	can only be used if you have a recent 2.4. kernel!

	--enable-mmx		Intel's MultiMediaeXtension can be used
				to archieve faster decoding.

	--enable-mmx2		P3 and Athlon have an newer version of
				that codeset.

	--enable-3dnow		AMD K6-II/III have 3D-now! instead of 

	--enable-3dnowex	3D-now!-DSP support on K7 (older Athlon)

	--enable-sse		Newer Celeron/P3/P4 CPUs have an
				enhanced instruction set that helps to
				decode movies.

	--disable-fastmemcpy	Some systems may have problems on fast
				memory copy. If you get such troubles,
				you may disable this here.

	--enable-debug=[1-3]	If you're interested in how the code
				works... but then you'd probably
				wouldn't need this hint anyway...

	--enable-profile	Another debugging option...

	--disable-gcc-checking	If you're in the habit of using
				a flawed gcc version (like the ones
				from redhat), you could do with that

	--with-extraincdir=...	If you have videocodecs etc in another
				dir than /usr/local/include, you should
				set it here.
				[=/usr/X11R6/include can never hurt]

	--with-extralibdir=...	Same for libs.
				[=/usr/X11R6/lib wouldn't hurt]

	--with-csslibdir=...	You could use lib(dvd)css to watch
				encrypted DVDs.
				[nope (illegal)]

	--with-madlibdir=...	MAD, the mpeg audio decoder can be used
				to decode mp2/3 audio with astonishing
				precision. Point mplayer to where it's
				[mostly autofound]

	--with-win32libdir=...	Normally, the windows codecs are stored 
				to /usr/lib/win32. If you want another
				place, you can set it here.

	--with-xanimdir=...	Where the xanim codecs are installed.
				[nope (illegal)]

	--with-reallibdir=...	Where the real codecs are installed.
				[e.g. =/usr/local/rp9codecs]

	--with-sdl-config=...	If it's not found automatically
				[e.g. =/usr/X11R6/bin/sdl-config]

	--with-gtk-config=...	For gui support...
				[e.g. =/usr/X11R6/bin/gtk-config]

	--with-glib-config=...	Dito.
				[e.g. =/usr/X11R6/bin/sdl-config]

	To use mplayer, you may want to make an .mplayer directory in
	your home directory:

	cd ~ &&
	mkdir .mplayer &&
	cp <where the Mplayer sources are>/etc/codecs.conf .mplayer/

	You can also put a config file into that directory that causes
	mplayer to start with some predefined options, e.g. for sound
	or video. Please read the documentation for the syntax.

	You could look at the manpage, the very good docs in html format
	or the helppage. Mplayer itself is very helpful indeed, too: try

	mplayer -help
	mplayer -vo help
	mplayer -aahelp
	mplayer -ao help
	mplayer -vc help

	and so on...


	With mplayer comes an "everything to divx4"-encoder. You can
	convert everything you can watch with mplayer to every encoder
	you've installed before mplayer! Since the docs are pretty
	good, only a short example of a three-pass libavcodec divx5
	encoding of a dvd:

	rm frameno.avi 
	mencoder -dvd 1 -aid 128 -ovc frameno -oac mp3lame \
	-lameopts vbr=3 -o frameno.avi

	# mencoder should output bitrates for average encodings
	# now, choose one of your liking! In the following lines,
	# replace <bitrate> and <name.avi> with statements of your
	# liking

	mencoder -dvd 1 -aid 128 -oac copy -ovc lavc \
	-lavcopts vcodec=mpeg4:vpass=1:vhq:vbitrate=<bitrate> \
	-o <name.avi>

	mencoder -dvd 1 -aid 128 -oac copy -ovc lavc \
	-lavcopts vcodec=mpeg4:vpass=2:vhq:vbitrate=<bitrate> \
	-o <name.avi>

	mencoder -forceidx <name.avi>

	Will encode first audio and then 2-pass video and finally
	build the index (so you can jump back and forth in the movie).



	To cut avi videos a mix of transcode and mplayer is really
	great. mplayer to find out where to cut and transcode to do the

	Read the transcode hint of the same author.

	Another neat program for avi cutting is avidemux. You'll find
	it at


Since this hint will never ever be complete nor perfect, I'd like your
updates send to alex at 22-music.com!

Hope this was helpful anyway!

Alex (LX)

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