MPlayer Tutorial #1 – How to Open and Playback Video Files
What we have here is an amazing free multi-platform media player which enables you to play almost any type of video file format through a modular interface which can be customized by the use of skins. MPlayer comes with extensive input/output support for multiple formats and native codecs like XAnim, and Win32 DLL's. This solid piece of freeware also plays CDs, SVCDs, DVDs, 3ivx and DivX 3/4/5. It also supports subtitles in 14 different formats. In this first tutorial I'm going to tell you about some basic functions, opening and playing video files with MPlayer.
Basically, what you need to follow this tutorial is a video file located in your HDD and MPlayer installed and running. If you don't have MPlayer, go to the top of this page and click on the big blue “Download” button. Once you have the installer, launch it and the InstallIQ™ installation manager will take care of the rest.
The interface of this free media player is, as you can see, modular and it has two separate modules, the smaller one carries the controls and the bigger one is the visualization window. So, there are two basic ways of opening and playing a video file with MPlayer. The first is to click on the open button in the controls module.
It will open the “Add file(s)...” dialogue where you can browse your folders till you find the video file you want to open.
Select the file and click on the “Open” button, the file will open and immediately start playing in the visualization window.
The second way is to right click on either module and go to Open... > File... the same browser-like dialog will open and you'll be enjoying your movie right away.
As you can see MPlayer is a great free media player for all your movie files. Its support for multiple video formats and all subtitle formats and its full functionality make of this free player one of the most suitable when it comes to video playing at really low resources consumption. So, download MPlayer now by clicking on the “Download Now” link below and start playing your favorite movies. On upcoming tutorials I’ll be telling you how to create playlists and other useful stuff.