Downloading and Installing MPlayer

This section provides a tutorial on how to download and install MPlayer to play movies and other audio and video files.

MPlayer is a movie player which runs on many systems (see the documentation). MPlayer plays most MPEG/VOB, AVI, Ogg/OGM, VIVO, ASF/WMA/WMV, QT/MOV/MP4, RealMedia, Matroska, NUT, NuppelVideo, FLI, YUV4MPEG, FILM, RoQ, PVA files. You can watch VideoCD, SVCD, DVD, 3ivx, DivX 3/4/5 and even WMV movies with MPlayer.

Here is how to download and install MPlayer:

1. Go to http://www.mplayerhq.hu/.

2. Click the "download" menu link.

3. Click and HTTP site in the "MPlayer 1.0rc1 Windows" download line. You can select the next line for the GUI version.

4. Save the downloaded file to C:\temp\MPlayer-mingw32-1.0rc1.zip

5. Unzip the downloaded file and move the output directory to C:\local\mplayer.

6. Run MPlayer command without any arguments to see the help information:

C:\>\local\mplayer\mplayer
MPlayer 1.0rc1-3.4.2 (C) 2000-2006 MPlayer Team
CPU: Intel(R) Core(TM)2 CPU 
   T7200  @ 2.00GHz (Family: 6, Model: 15, Stepping: 6)
CPUflags:  MMX: 1 MMX2: 1 3DNow: 0 3DNow2: 0 SSE: 0 SSE2: 0
Compiled with runtime CPU detection.
Usage:   MPlayer [options] [url|path/]filename

Basic options: (complete list in the man page)
 -vo <drv>        select video output driver ('-vo help' for a list)
 -ao <drv>        select audio output driver ('-ao help' for a list)
 dvd://<titleno>  play DVD title from device instead of plain file
 -alang           select audio language (by 2-char country code)
 -slang           select subtitle language (by 2-char country code)
 -ss <position>   seek to given (seconds or hh:mm:ss) position
 -nosound         do not play sound
 -fs              fullscreen playback
 -x <x> -y <y>    set display resolution (for use with -vm or -zoom)
 -sub <file>      specify subtitle file to use
 -playlist <file> specify playlist file
 -vid x -aid y    select video (x) and audio (y) stream to play
 -fps x -srate y  change video (x fps) and audio (y Hz) rate
 -pp <quality>    enable postprocessing filter
 -framedrop       enable frame dropping (for slow machines)
...

Table of Contents

 About This Book

 Audio CD (Compact Disc Digital Audio or CD-DA) Format

 Audio CD (Compact Disc Digital Audio or CD-DA) Players

 Audio CD (Compact Disc Digital Audio or CD-DA) Rip Music

 WAV Audio File Format

 MP3, MPEG-1 Audio Layer 3, Encoding Format

 Burning MP3 Music to Audio CD

 Windows Sound Recorder

 ISO 9660 Standard for Data CD

 Recording Data on CD

 VCD (Video CD) Standard

 DVD (Digital Video Disc) Standard Format

 TOC (Table Of Contents) on CDs

 IsoBuster - A Nice CD GUI Tool

MPlayer - The Movie Player

Downloading and Installing MPlayer

 Playing DVD VOB Files with MPlayer

 Playing VCD DAT Files with MPlayer

 Playing MPEG Video Files with MPlayer

 Playing MP3 Music Files with MPlayer

 Playing WAV Music Files with MPlayer

 Playing WMA Music Files with MPlayer

 vStrip - Rip and Manipulate DVD VOB Files

 mpgtx - Manipulating MPEG Files

 CD/DVD - File Name Extension and Format Types

 References

 PDF Printing Version