Sunday, December 29, 2013

Compiling a custom mplayer-mt

The full HD format becomes more and more popular today. Decoding of high definition video requires a modern hardware but even with fast processors it's not enough to use one core for smooth playback of dynamic scenes. Proprietary decoders are used under Windows for a long time but open-source decoders under Linux are known as unstable. Nevertheless you shouldn't afraid of this word. In the Linux world "unstable" often means "not enough tested". This is true for ffmpeg-mt branch of ffmpeg project with experimental multithread decoding support.

Recently I compiled mplayer with ffmpeg-mt and was very pleased by result. Player is able to decode all my 1080p films correctly and without any glitches. Now I share the mplayer-mt.ebuild package for Gentoo users and also supply instructions for manual build.

First of all we must integrate ffmpeg-mt into mplayer. Take latest versions from repositories:

#  svn checkout svn:// mplayer
#  git clone git://

Replace directories libavcodec, libavformat and libavutil in mplayer by new ones from ffmpeg-mt. Please note, that the latest version of mplayer could be non-compatible with current ffmpeg-mt. If you want to create an archive then you probably want to remove service folders of version control system that take away almost a half of all space:

#  find . -name '.svn' | xargs rm -r

If you have no direct access to repositories (closed ports, etc.), you care about traffic and time or you're just a little bit lazy then you can download archive from this site. Compile and install it as usual:

#  ./configure && make && make install

To enable parallel decoding use the following options:

#  mplayer-mt -lavdopts threads=N file.mkv

where N is the number of threads.

Friday, December 13, 2013

Play Tic Tac Toe, This Is A Depiction Of Obamacare In Action, Let The Play And Players Begin. You Are The American Citizenry And I, Am Your Only Legal Recourse, Now Win!

Tuesday, December 10, 2013

Thursday, December 5, 2013

In Praise Of Good People Being Armed.

This is a little gun porn for those of us who like it.  Enjoy.  I think she makes some valid points, don't you?  I love women like these, although, I don't think I've ever met any.  I've only read or heard about them, despite being a US veteran, women like these are as legend or mythology.  I'd sooner see a unicorn or meet my fairy godmother than meet one of these.  Pity, Perhaps,  I need, to get out more often.

Michelle Bachmann Blasts The Iran Obama Deal.

I'm really going to miss her representation when she leaves the House of Representatives.  More statesmen like her are needed in congress. 

You Like Your Plan You Can Keep It.

This is what happens when democrat politicians are a majority, specifically in Washington, D.C. Enjoy.

Sunday, December 1, 2013

Tradgedy. Metro North Railway Train Derails On The Hudson Line. Four Reportedly Dead.

Our prayers go out to the family of those lost and injured.  Just another reminder of just how precious and fleeting life on this plane is.

Visual are courtesy of CBS News.

Here's the Daily News sources: The Daily News

Who's A Sucker For A True Love Story, Hmm?