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PostPosted: Tue Dec 06, 2005 7:21 am    Post subject: recommendations for a media player Reply with quote

Just wondering if you guys could recommend any media players or what you are using right now. Comments on why you recommend it or why you use it would help too.

I'm looking for something light, nothing too fancy and it can play most file formats.

Thanks!
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PostPosted: Tue Dec 06, 2005 8:04 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

For video I reccomend: mplayer (mplayer-bin if you're on a 64-bit system like me, for codec compatability). Will play any format I have come across. I use it with the option -fs to automatically open in fullscreen mode and use the keyboard to control it. Simple to use, plays everything I want.

For audio: beep-media-player. If you're coming from windows this will feel very familiar as it is a winamp clone. In fact it can use classic winamp skins! Much like xmms from which it was forked, but it uses gtk2 instead of gtk which makes the menus and the fonts in the display look MUCH nicer. Plays all formats I've come across (with plugins for some) and has a nice visualization plugin. Attractive (especially with my Charlize Theron skin :wink: ), easy to use, very functional.
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PostPosted: Tue Dec 06, 2005 8:49 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Check out also VLC. I use it in particular to play DVDs
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PostPosted: Tue Dec 06, 2005 9:42 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

i second that. mplayer and VLC are a perfect team for watching any video file, and for audio i use audacious, a beep-media-player 'fork' (which can handle old input plugins like musepack from bmp)
http://audacious.nenolod.net
also playing around with beep-media-player phase3, that one will have lots of interesting features
http://beep-media-player.org
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PostPosted: Tue Dec 06, 2005 11:33 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I recommend MPlayer as the guys did. My favourite way to launch it is actualy gmplayer -- the same, but with nice GUI. I don't remember whether it requires some USE flag or not.
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PostPosted: Tue Dec 06, 2005 6:38 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

xine-lib + kaffeine = best video experience (IMO).
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PostPosted: Tue Dec 06, 2005 6:44 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

sirdilznik wrote:
For audio: beep-media-player. If you're coming from windows this will feel very familiar as it is a winamp clone. In fact it can use classic winamp skins! Much like xmms from which it was forked, but it uses gtk2 instead of gtk which makes the menus and the fonts in the display look MUCH nicer. Plays all formats I've come across (with plugins for some) and has a nice visualization plugin. Attractive (especially with my Charlize Theron skin :wink: ), easy to use, very functional.
You should try audacious. (it's in portage). It's a beep-media-player fork that was started shortly after the announcement that all the BMP devs are abandoning BMP to work on BMPx. (which isn't too good.)

I found out about audacious a few days ago and it's great. :P Now I'm having trouble deciding whether to use audacious or ncmpc.


As for movies, definately go with mplayer.

[edit] website is here: http://www.audacious-media-player.org/
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PostPosted: Tue Dec 06, 2005 6:54 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

omp wrote:
You should try audacious. (it's in portage). It's a beep-media-player fork that was started shortly after the announcement that all the BMP devs are abandoning BMP to work on BMPx. (which isn't too good.)

Cool, I'll check it out. Does audacious support classic winamp skins like xmms/bmp? Does it support a libvisual plugin or work with the current xmms or bmp one?
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PostPosted: Tue Dec 06, 2005 7:03 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

sirdilznik wrote:
Cool, I'll check it out. Does audacious support classic winamp skins like xmms/bmp? Does it support a libvisual plugin or work with the current xmms or bmp one?
Yeah, audacious supports classic winamp skins. After all, it is a bmp fork...

As for the visual plug in, I don't know. I'm guessing anything that currently works with bmp would most likely work with audacious since it's a brand new fork and not much has been changed yet. (except a few bug fixes and features added.) :twisted:
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PostPosted: Tue Dec 06, 2005 7:09 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

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