Unable to get OSD (and probably subtitles) in MPlayer

Lars Stokholm lars.stokholm at gmail.com
Sat Aug 30 16:04:50 UTC 2008

My MPlayer installation seems strange(r than usual). I can't get the
fonts to work on a completely default installation, using 7-STABLE and
newest port.

The first thing I tried was to link Bitstream Vera Sans to subfont.ttf:
lrwxr-xr-x  1 lars  lars  48 Aug 30 17:00
/home/lars/.mplayer/subfont.ttf ->
Nothing happens when I press 'o' for OSD in MPlayer.

Giving the font on the command line: mplayer -font
Cannot load bitmap font: /usr/local/lib/X11/fonts/bitstream-vera/Vera
It gives me a similar response with -font 'Bitstream Vera Sans'.

Also MPlayer is unable to recognize the -ass option:
Unknown option on the command line: -ass
Error parsing option on the command line: -ass

I'm baffled...

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