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Latest revision as of 13:53, 25 November 2013


The MPlayer plugin uses MPlayer to play video files other than the recordings. E.g. the famous DivX format can be played using this plugin.


This plugin comes together with the mp3-plugin in one package. By default, both the MP3 and MPlayer plugin lib will be built from sources.

Hardware requirements

  • faster hardware (e.g. >1GHz for DivX other formats might be less CPU intensive).

Software requirements

  • MPlayer
  • several codecs
  • Lame
  • mplayer.sh


To install lame

tar xvzf lame-<VERSION>.tar.gz
cd lame-<VERSION>
./configure --prefix=/usr/local
make install


tar xvzf ffmpeg-<VERSION>.tar.gz
ln -s ffmpeg-<VERSION> ffmpeg
cd ffmpeg
./configure --prefix=/usr/local \
make install

For MPlayer, see it's documentation and homepage.

See plugin installation.


See also mp3-plugin.

MPlayer can work in one of two modes (changeable in the plugin setup)

  • Slave (recommended)
    • No further configuration is needed for this.
  • Traditional

If "Traditional" is choosen /usr/local/bin/mplayer.sh.conf has to be altered

# Lirc RC File

and MPlayer must be compiled with LIRC support!


Parameter (short) Parameter (long) Description
-m CMD --mount=CMD use CMD to mount/unmount/eject mp3 sources (default: mount.sh)
-M CMD --mplayer=CMD use CMD when calling MPlayer (default: mplayer.sh)


MPlayer fails to decode movies

...with errors indicating ffdivx can't handle some fourcc coding or mpegpes can't scale properly: Make sure you use the mplayer.sh script from (5) and not the included example.

MPlayer plays no videos when the first DVB card has no MPEG decoder

  • Try to alter dev/adapter0 in libvo/vo_mpegpes.c of the MPlayer sources.
  • With new mplayer versions it is possible to give the correct video card in mplayer.sh.conf by
  • Because the drivers don't always load in the same order, you can make things automagically (in mplayer.sh.conf):
VO="mpegpes:card=$(($(find /dev/dvb | grep video0 | cut -c17)+1))"
AO="mpegpes:card=$(($(find /dev/dvb | grep audio0 | cut -c17)+1))"

Video is displayed in black and white

  • It might be your TV doesn't support NTSC. Try to set the NTSC option in /usr/local/bin/mplayer.sh.conf to false.
  • Does not work for DVDs and (S)VCDs.


[1] http://www.muempf.de/index.html Plugin homepage
[2] http://www.mplayerhq.hu MPlayer homepage
[3] http://ffmpeg.sourceforge.net FFMPEG homepage
[4] http://lame.sourceforge.net Lame homepage
[5] http://batleth.sapienti-sat.org/projects/VDR Shell script (mplayer.sh)
[6] http://www.js-home.org/vdr/mplayer-multi/index.php mplayer-multi