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Is MPlayer2 A Viable Fork Of MPlayer?

Multimedia

Published on 24 March 2011 11:58 AM EDT
Written by Michael Larabel in Multimedia
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Earlier this month MPlayer2 had its second release candidate, but it hasn't been talked about on Phoronix or much at all on the Internet. This isn't version 2.0 of MPlayer, which itself isn't even at version 1.0 yet, but rather a fork of MPlayer.

MPlayer2 was forked months ago from MPlayer and in a matter of weeks has gone from its first beta to a release candidate and is now onto its second release candidate. These releases are certainly far more frequent than the original MPlayer project, which easily can go a year before seeing a new development release, thus leaving many users to depend upon snapshots from the MPlayer VCS. MPlayer2 is largely the work of Uoti Urpala, who last year was basically denounced as a member and developer for the MPlayer project due to "long standing differences" with the MPlayer Team, as said in this email.

Over the current MPlayer media player, MPlayer2 has support for ordered video chapters, dynamically loads system libraries (including FFmpeg and libass), support for precise seeks, uses the libass library for rendering sub-titles by default, better support for NVIDIA VDPAU, and has better pause handling support.

MPlayer2 is also designed to be more performance friendly by using the multi-threaded version of FFmpeg. It also gets rid of MEncoder and the internal GMPlayer GUI. Other differences are talked about on this comparison page.

MPlayer2 is being developed as version 2.0 right now. MPlayer2 2.0 RC2 can be found at MPlayer2.org. There's also this independent blog posting from this morning about experimental MPlayer2 packages for Fedora.

About The Author
Michael Larabel is the principal author of Phoronix.com and founded the web-site in 2004 with a focus on enriching the Linux hardware experience and being the largest web-site devoted to Linux hardware reviews, particularly for products relevant to Linux gamers and enthusiasts but also commonly reviewing servers/workstations and embedded Linux devices. Michael has written more than 10,000 articles covering the state of Linux hardware support, Linux performance, graphics hardware drivers, and other topics. Michael is also the lead developer of the Phoronix Test Suite, Phoromatic, and OpenBenchmarking.org automated testing software. He can be followed via and or contacted via .
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