v2.0 movie doesn't start

  • mike

    mike - 2004-02-12

    I'm very new to mplayer but I've read everything I can find and still haven't been able to solve this. I'm using Mozilla 1.6, Redhat 9 and mplayer 1.0pre3 with the quicktime codecs.

    I got mplayerplug-in v2.0, (got the source tarball and followed instructions at  http://mplayerplug-in.sourceforge.net/download.html ) to build the plugin and then copied the files to where it says. However it doesn't seem to want to actually play quicktime movies.

    If I go to http://www.apple.com/trailers and pick the urls for the movies out of the page source and give them to mplayer it plays the movie - sound and video - very pleasing. But the plugin just says 'downloading' followed by a number which rapidly increases and either stops, (if I keep refreshing the page it rarely stops at the same number twice), or is then replaced by a message saying 'playing.....' but nothing actually happens. A screen grab of the failed Shrek2 trailer is here -


    If anyone can give any help that'd be great.

    I see in another thread 'Problems playing the DareDevil trailer' someone appears to have the same problem as me and the only reply at the moment is someone saying 'you don't have the right codecs'. But if that were case then surely the movies wouldn't play when the urls are fed to mplayer?



    • Kevin DeKorte

      Kevin DeKorte - 2004-02-12


      You didn't give me enough information to help you. I can play those videos ok here. I would guess that maybe you don't have you vo option set right? Can you give me a log of running mplayer with the link?

    • Matthew Balman

      Matthew Balman - 2004-02-13

      Mike, I also have it playing (or at least starting to play) just fine.

      Odds are you haven't setup the ~/.mplayer/mplayerplug-in.conf file correctly

      Here's mine, the mplayer main website has this all documented:
      I used arts first because I like KDE, if you're using gnome as your WM you should probably use esd,oss

      Hope that helps

      • mike

        mike - 2004-02-13

        I have it working now.
        Celebratory screen grab of spiderman 2 trailer here -


        I had made what is in hindsight a very obvious error. I hadn't installed mplayer - only gmplayer. 'Why would I want the command line version? I won't bother with that.' I remember myself thinking a few days back when I first discovered mplayer. I installed mplayer and suddenly it works.

        mplayerplug-in not gmplayerplug-in. The clue's in the name really isn't it?

        Thank you to and royalson77 for taking the time to reply.

        I'm off to try out the skins now.


        • Kevin DeKorte

          Kevin DeKorte - 2004-02-13

          Skin support is not in 2.0. I have removed it because it caused more trouble then it was worth.


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