mplayer from SVN

Lars Engels lars.engels at
Tue Dec 29 19:58:39 UTC 2009

On Tue, Dec 29, 2009 at 08:03:21PM +0100, Michal Varga wrote:
> On Tue, Dec 29, 2009 at 7:05 PM, Frank Staals <frank at> wrote:
> > On 12/29/09 14:31, Lars Engels wrote:
> >>
> >> Quoting Frank Staals <frank at>:
> >>
> >>> I know it is not as nice as simply having a port. But if you realy need
> >>> the svn-releases for some feature XYZ it may be a (temporary) solution.
> >>
> >>
> >> Are there any killer features missing in our old version from ports?
> >
> > I don't really know. The reason that I used svn snapshots in the past was
> > that my machine in combination with the mplayer port was unable to decode
> > relatively high res h264 video while with the svn version there were some
> > improvements which did make it possible. But that is a long time ago.
> >
> Related to that, VDPAU ( ) is
> definitely "the killer feature", though I'm not sure how well (and if)
> it works on FreeBSD. For what I know, it works miracles on Linux
> (well, at least Linux people say that). Quick google turned out this,
> so I guess it's a start:
> For anything else "killer-grade", I'm not really sure, but since the
> dawn of time, mplayer code base has always been a bit flaky (well, "a
> bit" itself is a bit too generous here). I guess all of us keep at
> least one other "backup" movie player (Gnome's Totem, XINE before
> that, etc.) for files that make mplayer die horribly in a ball of fire
> (recent youtube formats, I'm looking at you!) and vice versa - so one
> can reasonably assume that sticking to a 3-year old code base is not
> the very best we could do here and in the long term, unmanageable. It
> will only get worse.. 4 years? 5 years? Eventually other apps that use
> mplayer as their backend will start to fail, dtto various mencoder
> frontends (I'd say 'video editing software', if we only had any), and
> we will get stuck with gstreamer-powered crap (ok, not exactly bad,
> but even now in 2009, it's light years far from anything that 3-year
> old mplayer can do, and, you know, even a bad timed sneeze or an
> unfavorable lunar phase can make Totem crash).

Thanks a lot for the information on the new features.
I hope we can find a solution to use the svn version.
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