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Terminal - Commands tagged mplayer - 59 results
(sp-sc sop://broker.sopcast.com:3912/80562 8908 10999 &>/dev/null &); sleep 10; wait $(vlc http://localhost:10999); killall sp-sc
2011-04-06 00:08:38
User: Bonster
Functions: killall sleep wait

requires sp-auth installed

This command will auto kill sp-sc after vlc is closed, so u wont have to do it manually

mplayer -vo fbdev $1 -fs -subcp ${2:-cp1251} -vf scale=${3:-1280:720}
2011-03-04 00:55:55
User: vkolev

It's made for a script use, where you have 3 parameters:

1. parameter is the filename

2. (optional) the encoding for subtitles

3. (optional) the scaling of the video, since fullscreen doesn't mean that the video will be scaled.

mplayer -af pan=1:0.5:0.5 -channels 1 radiostream.pls
2011-02-22 12:40:51
Tags: mplayer radio

The solution to a year long (and extremely frustrating) problem I've had, caused by the fact that I only have one speaker; this command downmixes the stream to monophonic output, making sure I don't miss any of the music.

NOTE: When stream is in .m3u format, a -playlist option is required, as shown below:

mplayer -af pan=1:0.5:0.5 -channels 1 -playlist radiostream.m3u

This command works great with aliases for various channels in .bashrc. Sample below:

alias radio1='mplayer -af pan=1:0.5:0.5 -channels 1 radio1stream.pls'
cat video.ogg | nc -l -p 4232 & wget http://users.bshellz.net/~bazza/?nombre=name -O - & sleep 10; mplayer http://users.bshellz.net/~bazza/datos/name.ogg
yt () mplayer -fs -quiet $(youtube-dl -g "$1")
2010-09-29 18:48:19
User: elfreak

A function for streaming youtube to mplayer.

The option "-g" for youtube-dl tells it to output the direct video URL, instead of downloading the video.

"-fs" tells MPlayer to go FullScreen, and "-quit" makes it less verbose.

Requires: youdube-dl ( http://bitbucket.org/rg3/youtube-dl/ )

(Tested in zsh)

ID=52DnUo6wJto;mplayer -fs $(echo "http://youtube.com/get_video.php?&video_id=$ID$(wget -qO - 'http://youtube.com/watch?v='$ID | perl -ne 'print $1."&asv=" if /^.*(&t=.*?)&.*$/; print "&fmt=".$1 if /^.*&fmt_map=(22).*$/')")
2010-09-17 17:06:55
User: lslah
Functions: echo

Streams youtube video with v=ID directly into the mplayer.

If exists, it uses the HD-quality stream.

If you don't want to watch it in HD-quality, you can use the shorter form:

ID=52DnUo6wJto; mplayer -fs $(echo "http://youtube.com/get_video.php?&video_id=$ID$(wget -qO - 'http://youtube.com/watch?v='$ID | perl -ne 'print $1."&asv=" if /^.*(&t=.*?)&.*$/')")
alias mplayer='mplayer -stop-xscreensaver'
url=http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=V5bYDhZBFLA; youtube-dl -b $url; mplayer $(ls ${url##*=}*| tail -n1) -ss 00:57 -endpos 10 -vo gif89a:fps=5:output=output.gif -vf scale=400:300 -nosound
2010-07-18 02:11:39
User: zed
Functions: ls tail

requires "youtube-dl" -- sure you can do this with wget and some more obscurity but why waste your time when this great tool is available?

the guts consist of mplayer converting a video to a gif -- study this command and read the man page for more information

mplayer video.flv -ss 00:23 -endpos 6 -vo gif89a:fps=5:output=output.gif -vf scale=400:300 -nosound

generates a 6 second gif starting at 23 seconds of play time at 5 fps and a scale of 400x300

start time (-ss)/end time (-endpos) formats: 00:00:00.000

end time should be relative to start time, not absolute. i.e. -endpos 5 == seconds after 0:42 = 0:47 end point

play with fps and scale for lower gif sizes

the subshell is a solution for the -b flag on youtube-dl which downloads the best quality video, sometimes, which can be various video formats $(ls ${url##*=}*| tail -n1)

zenity --list --width 500 --height 500 --column 'radio' --column 'url' --print-column 2 $(curl -s http://www.di.fm/ | awk -F '"' '/href="http:.*\.pls.*96k/ {print $2}' | sort | awk -F '/|\.' '{print $(NF-1) " " $0}') | xargs mplayer
2010-04-28 23:45:35
User: polaco
Functions: awk sort xargs

This is a very simple and lightweight way to play DI.FM stations

For a more complete version of the command with proper strings in the menu, try: (couldnt fit in the command field above)

zenity --list --width 500 --height 500 --title 'DI.FM' --text 'Pick a Radio' --column 'radio' --column 'url' --print-column 2 $(curl -s http://www.di.fm/ | awk -F '"' '/href="http:.*\.pls.*96k/ {print $2}' | sort | awk -F '/|\.' '{print $(NF-1) " " $0}') | xargs mplayer

This command line parses the html returned from http://di.fm and display all radio stations in a nice graphical menu. After the radio is chosen, the url is passed to mplayer so the music can start


- x11 with gtk environment

- zenity: simple app for displaying gtk menus (sudo apt-get install zenity on ubuntu)

- mplayer: simple audio player (sudo apt-get install mplayer on ubuntu)

mplayer -playlist <(find $PWD -type f)
2010-04-17 00:20:08
User: rkulla
Functions: find

Press > or < to go to the next or previous track. Space to toggle play/pause, etc.

It creates a temp file descriptor. To see where the file descriptor gets created type: echo <(echo foo)

This works better than running find first, then piping to mplayer with xargs or something, because that won't let you use keyboard shortcuts.

mplayer -novideo something.mpg
mplayer -vc null -vo null -ao pcm <input video file> -ss <start> -endpos <end>
2010-02-26 11:00:24
User: ivanatora
Tags: mplayer

mplayer -vc null -vo null -ao pcm Firefly\ ep\ 10.avi -ss 195 -endpos 246

Will create file audiodump.wav with audio from second 195 to second 246 (the opnening theme).

mplayer -vo null something.mpg
2010-02-23 16:36:36
User: foremire
Tags: mplayer

Sometimes you only want to linsten the audio while output the video will be a waste of CPU resource and an annoying window. With option -vo null, you will enjoy the audio!

mplayer dvd:// -softvol -softvol-max 500
2009-12-30 18:19:44
User: kanzure
Tags: mplayer sound

use '0' and '9' to increase/decrease volume. this is useful on laptops with low speaker volume.

bbcradio() { local s PS3="Select a station: ";select s in 1 1x 2 3 4 5 6 7 "Asian Network an" "Nations & Local lcl";do break;done;s=($s);mplayer -playlist "http://www.bbc.co.uk/radio/listen/live/r"${s[@]: -1}".asx";}
2009-11-14 08:17:03
User: eightmillion

This command lets you select from 10 different BBC stations. When one is chosen, it streams it with mplayer.

Requires: mplayer with wma support.

find -type f -name "*.avi" -print0 | xargs -0 mplayer -vo dummy -ao dummy -identify 2>/dev/null | perl -nle '/ID_LENGTH=([0-9\.]+)/ && ($t +=$1) && printf "%02d:%02d:%02d\n",$t/3600,$t/60%60,$t%60' | tail -n 1
2009-09-24 15:50:39
User: syssyphus
Functions: find perl printf tail xargs

change the *.avi to whatever you want to match, you can remove it altogether if you want to check all files.

(sp-sc sop://broker.sopcast.com:3912/6002 3900 8900 &>/dev/null &); sleep 10; mplayer http://localhost:8900/tv.asf
2009-09-19 17:46:13
User: Escher
Functions: sleep

Get sopcast links for live sports from http://myp2p.eu (for example)

Get sp-sc or sp-auth binary by googling (sopcast + linux)

eg http://www.jbg.f2s.com/sp-sc.gz

Requires the 32bit libstdc++5 package.

After exiting mplayer, type 'killall sp-sc'

mplayer -fs -vf screenshot,mirror tv://
2009-09-17 05:15:42
User: kamathln
Tags: mplayer webcam

This directly puts the "mirror" into fullscreen, and lets you take photos by pressing the 's' key. I bet appearance conscious people will have keyboard shortcut for this command by now.

mplayer tv:// -vf mirror
mplayer tv:// -tv driver=v4l2:width=640:height=480:device=/dev/video0:fps=30:outfmt=yuy2
2009-09-15 19:41:41
User: ivalladt

View webcam output using mplayer, with correct fps and outfmt settings according to my webcam model.

id="dMH0bHeiRNg";mplayer -fs http://youtube.com/get_video.php?video_id=$id\&t=$(curl -s http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=$id | sed -n 's/.*, "t": "\([^"]*\)", .*/\1/p')
2009-08-13 14:16:01
User: matthewbauer
Functions: id sed

The original doesn't work for me - but this does. I'm guessing that Youtube updated the video page so the original doesn't work.

mplayer -vo caca foo.avi
2009-05-25 09:29:24
User: farwarx

Permet de lire une video dans une console, meme sans interface graphique.

Interet limite, mais a connaitre au cas ou.

mplayer -fs cdda://9 -ao pcm:file=track9.wav
2009-05-23 23:23:45
User: dcabanis

Using mplayer to extract audio file from a CD

mencoder -ovc copy -nosound ./movie.mov -o ./movie_mute.mov
2009-05-17 11:56:22
User: angleto

create a copy of a video file without the audio tracs

find . -name '*.m4a' | xargs -I audiofile mplayer -ao pcm "audiofile" -ao pcm:file="audiofile.wav"