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Re: mplayer fc12-86_64

On Friday 18 December 2009 21:52:12 david walcroft wrote:
> On 12/18/2009 11:11 AM, david walcroft wrote:
> > I have the problem of constant flashing at start up of a movie.
> > I also tried other players (totem) they played videos but no sound,I
> > checked various volume levels and they were all at maximum.
> [david reddwarf ~]$ mplayer kinema/garfield-tsr_m320.mov
> Warning unknown option cache-prefill at line 148
> MPlayer SVN-r29800-4.4.2 (C) 2000-2009 MPlayer Team
> This codecs.conf is too old and incompatible with this MPlayer release!
> at line 6

What do you have in ~/.mplayer/ directory? It looks like you have some stale 
old files from previous versions of mplayer? Try renaming the directory and let 
mplayer create a new directory for itself with default contents. Then try 
playing the movie again.

> Playing kinema/garfield-tsr_m320.mov.
> Cache fill:  0.00% (0 bytes)
> libavformat file format detected.
> [mov,mp4,m4a,3gp,3g2,mj2 @ 0x2f1be50]multiple edit list entries, a/v
> desync might occur, patch welcome

I am not sure if this is because some confused options in the old config files 
or the movie you're trying to play is badly encoded... Anyway it does warn you 
that audio and video might get out of sync. I'm not sure if that amounts to 
"flashing" you see or not.

> AO: [alsa] 22050Hz 2ch s16le (2 bytes per sample)

Don't you have pulseaudio on by default? Try

  mplayer -ao pulse kinema/garfield-tsr_m320.mov

> Plays well in the terminal but with out sound.

I'm not surprised there is no sound, given that it tries to use alsa instead 
of pulseaudio.

Ok, three recommendations:

1) Try to play some other file. If it is fine, than this particular movie might 
be broken somehow.

2) Rename ~/.mplayer/ directory to something else. If there are some old/wrong 
config files and settings in there, they can confuse mplayer.

3) Check your sound configuration. Make sure pulseaudio is running, system 
sounds and other music can be played without problems etc. Force mplayer to 
use pulseaudio with "-ao pulse" option, although it *should* do it by default 

Btw, I understood that you were previously trying mplayer outside the 
terminal, ie. using a GUI. What GUI were you using?

HTH, :-)

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