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MPlayer is a powerful multimedia player and more - It plays almost anything from RealPlayer to avi.

Also it normally has an encoder shipped with it (mencoder), which is very powerful, but not currently included in the debian package.

There is a MPlayer plug-in for Mozilla: mozilla-mplayer which will be replaced by gecko-mediaplayer (from the same author) that already replaced it in the current testing release (Squeeze).

See also: MPlayer on Wikipedia.

MPlayer in Debian

See the Debian mplayer FAQ for some background information about the MPlayer in Debian saga.

The proposed source package has been stripped from at least encrypted DVD playback and mencoder.

In September 2006, there was an update and summary on the case on debian-devel.

The package landed in Debian Sid on October 26th 2006, this was one of the longest ITP (a little more than five years).

Binary codecs (optional)

The included /usr/share/mplayer/scripts/ script can be used to obtain a tarball containing binary-only codecs, extracting these to /usr/lib/codecs. These are used by MPlayer to provide support for file formats not supported natively.

# /usr/share/mplayer/scripts/ install
mkdir: created directory `/usr/lib/codecs'
mkdir: created directory `mplayer_binary_codecs'
Downloading mirrors list..
Getting  codecs list ...
Downloading MD5 sums from main site
2009-04-15 00:12:01 URL: [2145/2145] -> "MD5SUMS" [1]
Downloading and installing essential-20071007.tar.bz2 ...
Downloading essential-20071007.tar.bz2 from ...
--2009-04-15 00:12:01--
Connecting to||:80... connected.
HTTP request sent, awaiting response... 200 OK
Length: 10009454 (9.5M) [application/x-bzip]
Saving to: `essential-20071007.tar.bz2'

100%[=====================================================================================================================>] 10,009,454   574K/s   in 44s     

2009-04-15 00:12:47 (222 KB/s) - `essential-20071007.tar.bz2' saved [10009454/10009454]

Checking MD5 for essential-20071007.tar.bz2
essential-20071007.tar.bz2: OK
Installing essential-20071007.tar.bz2 ...
Installed essential-20071007.tar.bz2 Succesfully!

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