mplayer2 Reviews

Great app for mkv and mp4 files

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I had a lots of problems with players that use directshow codes that break and crash on many occasions.
I started using this player as the alternative to it's predecessor Mplayer, because of some features that it was missing for mkv files, and simply it was the solution to all my problems.
There is no fear if you don't like to deal with a command line player, just get any interface program like smplayer, in combine with this interface you get the best and most compatible player to play any file you have.

Hey I use mplayer2 on windows (look around for a recent build), with just the keyboard interface. I found it's definitely the BEST program if your hardware isn't the latest and greatest, runs on the smell of an oily rag, and everything is configurable. I have playback issues with Media Player Classic or VLC that I never have with mplayer2.

With just the barebones version, you need to memorize a few keys, e.g. "F" to toggle full screen mode, and "O" to toggle OSD (time display) but it's SO responsive and efficient once you know the keys needed.

Because I have limited hardware and I want the best playback for all my media, I found it's handy to create a file mp.bat containing this text (change the path to where you put mplayer) which runs the app in High priority:

Start "mplayer" /high "d:\mplayer\mplayer2.exe" %1

Use the batch file as the default program for opening the videos.


To get really smooth playback on older machines, I played around with options, and came up with the following; mod your "config" file in the mplayer directory. Add these lines:

fs="1"

framedrop="1"

cache=102400

autosync=30

("fs" starts mplayer in fullscreen, "framedrop" skips frames if the playback can't keep up, "cache" makes mplayer buffer extra video data in Kilobytes, and "autosync" helps keep audio and video synced)

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