Video and audio players for the shell

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MPlayer and MEncoder have considerable potential, and you can control them by means of intelligent command-line options. We’ll put both programs to work.

MPlayer is a well-rounded program that will play various video and audio formats on different operating systems (including Windows, Mac OS X, and Linux), and it supports Digital Video Broadcasting (DVB). Also, MPlayer is optionally extensible with codecs to support the playing of proprietary formats. On top of this, the program is extremely tolerant of error and will play incomplete – and even broken – files without complaining.