Unix & Linux Stack Exchange is a question and answer site for users of Linux, FreeBSD and other Un*x-like operating systems. Join them; it only takes a minute:

Sign up
Here's how it works:
  1. Anybody can ask a question
  2. Anybody can answer
  3. The best answers are voted up and rise to the top

Is there a document somewhere describing each of mplayer's video output drivers and why'd you'd want to pick that one for a given circumstance (or why it exists) Would someone be willing to write that out here?

share|improve this question
mplayerhq.hu/DOCS/codecs-status.html - The first part of the list is the complete listing of 'working' codecs. I'll try to compile a list like the one you've mentioned over the course of the next few days and will get back to you- >D Good question. Cheers. – wormintrude Sep 13 '10 at 2:20
up vote 5 down vote accepted

The video output drivers compiled into your version of mplayer can be viewed by running

mplayer -vo help

As to which you should pick when, some of that will be obvious from the help output (for those that target specific video cards[ mga, s3fb, etc], or output formats [aa, png, etc]). Some are obsolete (I don't think VIDIX went anywhere, or GGI). The others, I cannot help you with. I use xv when I can and fall back to x11. The others are somewhat specialised so unless I find a reason to use one, I wont.

share|improve this answer

Your Answer


By posting your answer, you agree to the privacy policy and terms of service.

Not the answer you're looking for? Browse other questions tagged or ask your own question.