by jake

How can I make my debian box into a bad ass media player?

So how many of you want to watch quicktime 6 movies?
How about divx?
Want to watch those avi files?

How many of you want to watch basically every movie format out there?
How many of you want to back up your dvds and encode them to any (well
all most) other format?

How many of you want to do it for free and do it in linux?

As ripped from the apt-cache show:
The Ultimate Movie Player For Linux
It plays most mpeg, avi and asf files, supported by many native and
win32 DLL codecs. You can watch VCD, DVD and even DivX movies too. The
another big feature of mplayer is the wide range of supported output
drivers. It works with X11, Xv, DGA, OpenGL, SVGAlib, fbdev, but you can
use SDL (and this way all drivers of SDL) and some lowlevel
card-specific drivers (for Matrox/3dfx/SiS) too! Most of them supports
software or hardware scaling, so you can enjoy movies in fullscreen.

So assuming that this something your interested in and you run debian...

Here is a great quicktime test movie:

First add these lines to your /etc/apt/sources.list

deb testing main
deb unstable main

Or follow the instructions on his site that say:

deb stable main
deb testing main
deb unstable main
deb-src unstable main

I personally use his testing and unstable.

Then do:

apt-get update

Now install these packages for the best media box around:

apt-get install mplayer-686 mplayer-doc mplayer-fonts qt6codecs
avifile-win32-plugin faad libdivxencore0 libdvdcss0 w32codecs

Now say you want to rip dvds and encode them with as many options as

apt-get install video-dvdrip subtitleripper

With mplayer you will be able to play these files better than with xine.

Also with mplayer comes gmplayer the graphical version of mplayer,
useful and pretty polished in comparison 

mplayer can be used in a framebuffer to watch movies on your console :)

So if you use fb-dev you don't even need X for movies!

So who needs crossover for movies anymore? Not you :)

Other cool packages are:
lame-extras realplayer zapping

Hope this helps.

(p.s. Christian Marillat  is a bad ass!)


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