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VLC media player is a highly portable multimedia player for various audio and video formats (MPEG-1, MPEG-2, MPEG-4, DivX, mp3, ogg, ...) as well as DVDs, VCDs, and various streaming protocols. It can also be used as a server to stream in unicast or multicast in IPv4 or IPv6 on a high-bandwidth network.

Features include:

    * Support for input media: UDP/RTP Unicast and Multicast, HTTP / FTP, MMS, File, DVD, VCD, SVCD, DVB, MPEG encoder, Video acquisition (V4L)
    * Input formats: MPEG, ID3 tags, AVI, ASF / WMV / WMA, MP4 / MOV / 3GP, OGG / OGM / Annodex, Matroska, WAV (including DTS), Raw Audio: DTS, AAC, AC3/A52, Raw DV, FLAC, FLV (Flash)

    * Decoders: MPEG-1/2, DIVX, MPEG-4, XviD, 3ivX, H.264, Sorenson 1/3 (Quicktime), DV, Cinepak, Theora, H.263 / H.263i, MJPEG, WMV 1/2, WMV 3 WMV-9 / VC-1, Indeo Video v 3-5, Rado Video
    * Subtitles: DVD, SVCD / CVD, DVB, OGM, Matroska, Text files, Vobsub
    * Filters: Deinterlace, cropping, image wall, image adjust, rotate/mirror, logo overlay, magnification, image distortion, bluescreen, RSS/Aton feeds
    * Outputs: Native, X11, XVideo, SDL, Framebuffer, ASCII Art

    * Decoders: MPEG Layer 1/2, MP3, AC3 - A/52, DTS, LPCM, AAC, Vorbis, WMA 1/2, WMA 3, ADPCM, DV Audio, FLAC, QDM2/QDMC (Quicktime), MACE, Real Audio, Speex
    * Filters: Visualization effects, equalizer
    * Outputs: Native (OSS, ALSA), S/PDIF (OSS, ALSA), Multi-channel (OSS, ALSA), SDL, ESD, aRts, JACK

    * UDP Unicast / Multicast, RTP Unicast / Multicast, File, HTTP, MMSH
    * Transcoding
    * Send DVD subtitles
    * Send SAP announces

Xine (
xine is a powerful multimedia program, specializing in video playback. In addition to functioning as a standalone product, it also serves as a library and engine for other software products.

It has excellent support for a large number of different file formats including physical media DVD, Video CD, and Audio CD.  Xine supports a large number of formats including .mpeg, .ts, .ogg, .ogm, .avi, .asf, .wmv, .wma, .mpv, .m2v, .mp2, .mp3, .cpk, .voc, .snd, and .au.  It also supports a wide variety of video and audio codecs.  Streaming formats include mpeg-2 and mpeg-1 system (audio + video multiplexed), mpeg elementary (audio/video only, e.g. mp3 files), AVI file with various video formats (some of them by using win32 dlls), Vorbis OGG, and quicktime.

Features include:

    * Support for OSS, ALSA, Irix Audio, Sun Audio, ARts, and ESD Audio drivers
    * Streaming playback support covering the following Webcasting/Streaming protocols: NMS, PNM, RTSP, HTTP, and raw TCP socket streaming
    * Supports DXR3, DVB tv cards, Video 4 Linux, and WinTV-PVR 250/350 pci with TV full screen support
    * Skinnable GUI
    * Download and installation of new skins from the internet
    * Navigation controls (seeking, pause, fast, slow, next chapter, etc)
    * Linux InfraRed Control support (LIRC)
    * On Screen Display features
    * DVD and external subtitles
    * DVD/VCD menus
    * Audio and subtitle channel selection
    * Closed Caption support
    * Brightness, contrast, audio volume, hue, saturation adjusting
    * Playlists
    * Mediamarks
    * Image snapshot
    * Audio resampling
    * Software deinterlacing algorithms
    * 2-3 pulldown detection (tvtime plugin)
    * Configuration dialog
    * Aspect ratio changing
    * Fullscreen display
    * DTS passthrough

Totem (
Totem is the official movie player of the GNOME desktop environment. It features a playlist, a full-screen mode, seek and volume controls, as well as keyboard navigation.

Totem is included as the default media player in many Linux distributions including Ubuntu, Mandriva, and Fedora.

Features include:

    * Video thumbnailer for the file manager
    * Nautilus properties tab
    * Mozilla (Firefox) plugin to view movies inside your browser (in development)
    * Webcam utility (in development)
    * Play any xine or GStreamer supported file
    * LIRC support
    * Shoutcast, m3u, asx, SMIL and ra playlists support (also usable from a shipped LGPL library)
    * DVD (with menus), VCD playback, disc-type automatically detected
    * TV-Out configuration with optional resolution switching
    * 4.0, 4.1, 5.0, 5.1, stereo and AC3 Passthrough audio output
    * Full-screen mode (move your mouse and you get nice controls) with Xinerama, dual-head and Viewport support
    * Remote operation mode to control a running Totem
    * Seek and Volume controls
    * Aspect ratio changing, Scaling based on the video's original size
    * Full keyboard control
    * Playlist with Repeat and Shuffle modes, with saving feature and drag'n'drop reordering
    * GNOME and Nautilus integration (Totem registers the file-types, adds a menu item, uses the proxy configuration, saves sessions, and registers pnm, mms, uvox and rtsp schemes, removes playlist items from a disc that's getting ejected)
    * Properties window (information about the current movie)
    * Drag'n'drop and mousewheel actions
    * Screenshot feature
    * Brightness, Contrast, Hue and Saturation control
    * Visualisation plugin when playing audio-only files
    * Telestrator mode using Gromit
    * Video thumbnailer
    * Nautilus properties page
    * Works on remote displays
    * Automatic external subtitle load, or manual (only on the command-line, use like: totem file:///
    * DVD, VCD and OGG/OGM subtitles and languages support
    * Dialog for more accurate seeking
    * Authentication dialogs when location requires it

MPlayer (
MPlayer is a very popular movie player which runs on many systems including Linux. It has builtin support for the most common video and audio formats (see list below), as well as having a powerful filter system for video and audio manipulation.

Features include:

    * Supported Input Formats: (S)VCD (Super Video CD), CDRwin's .bin image file, DVD, including encrypted DVD, MPEG-1/2 (ES/PS/PES/VOB), RIFF AVI file format, ASF/WMV/WMA format, QT/MOV/MP4 format, RealAudio/RealVideo format, Ogg/OGM files, Matroska, NUT, NSV (Nullsoft Streaming Video), VIVO format, FLI format, NuppelVideo format, yuv4mpeg format, FILM (.cpk) format, RoQ format, PVA format, streaming via HTTP/FTP, RTP/RTSP, MMS/MMST, MPST, SDP, and TV grabbing

    * Supported Video and Audio Codecs: MPEG-1 (VCD) and MPEG-2 (SVCD/DVD/DVB) video, MPEG-4 in all variants including DivX ;-), OpenDivX (DivX4), DivX 5 (Pro), XviD, Windows Media Video 7/8 (WMV1/2), Windows Media Video 9 (WMV3) (using x86 DLL), RealVideo 1.0, 2.0 (G2), RealVideo 3.0 (RP8), 4.0 (RP9) (using Real libraries), Sorenson v1/v3 (SVQ1/SVQ3), Cinepak, RPZA and other QuickTime codecs, DV video, 3ivx, Intel Indeo3 (3.1, 3.2), Intel Indeo 4.1 and 5.0 (using x86 DLL or XAnim codecs), VIVO 1.0, 2.0, I263 and other H.263(+) variants (using x86 DLL), MJPEG, AVID, VCR2, ASV2 and other hardware formats, FLI/FLC, HuffYUV, and various old simple RLE-like formats

    * Supported audio codecs: MPEG layer 1, 2, and 3 (MP3) audio, AC3/A52 (Dolby Digital) audio (software or SP/DIF), AAC (MPEG-4 audio), WMA (DivX Audio) v1, v2, WMA 9 (WMAv3), Voxware audio, etc (using x86 DLLs), RealAudio: COOK, SIPRO, ATRAC3 (using Real libraries), RealAudio: DNET and older codecs, QuickTime: Qclp, Q-Design QDMC/QDM2, MACE 3/6 (using QT libraries), ALAC, Ogg Vorbis audio, VIVO audio (g723, Vivo Siren) (using x86 DLL), alaw/ulaw, (ms)gsm, pcm, *adpcm and other simple old audio formats

    * Supported Video Output Devices: X11 with SHM extension, X11 using overlays with the Xvideo extension (hardware YUV & scaling), Xvideo Motion Compensation, VIDeo Interface for *niX, VIDIX in an X11 window, VIDIX on the console, X11 DGA extension (both v1.0 and v2.0), OpenGL renderer, gl2, framebuffer output, SVGAlib output (supports EGA displays), SDL >= v1.1.7 driver, GGI graphics output, text mode rendering, text mode rendering in color, display through the VESA BIOS (also needed for Radeon TV-out), and DirectFB support

    * Supported Audio Output Devices: OSS (Open Sound System), SDL (Simple Directmedia Layer), ALSA (Advanced Linux Sound Architecture),  NAS (Network Audio System), ESD (ESound Daemon), ARTS (KDE Sound System),and JACK (Jack Audio Connection Kit)   

* Streaming: Authentication for Real RTSP stream

Kaffeine (
Kaffeine is a simple, easy to use, full featured media player for the K Desktop Environment (KDE).

Currently, Kaffeine can use xine-lib, MPlayer, or GStreamer as a backend. It is therefore able to play almost all audio and video files.

Features include:

    * Multiple playlists
    * Play Audio CDs, DVDs and VCDs
    * Streaming
    * Rip and encode audio tracks to be stored on your hard disk
    * Supports Digital Video Broadcasting devices supported by linuxtv drivers
    * Electronic Program Guide
    * Can broadcast several DVB channels (being on the same multiplex) on a LAN
    * DCOP Interface
    * Supports Linux Infrared Remote Control (LIRC)


Anonymous said...

Really wonderful. You have included digging fucility also in your blogs.

Anonymous said...

I find Smplayer (mplayer, qt) being the top player at the moment.
The most promising is XBMC, not a player as so but still.

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