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vdr-plugin-mplayer - MPlayer playback plugin for VDR…  more info»


This is a dual-plugin for VDR.
The "MP3-Plugin" allows playback of MP3 and other audio files.
The "MPlayer-Plugin" is used to call MPlayer for playback of video
files (e.g. DivX)

Written by:                  Stefan H´┐Żlswitt <>
Project's homepage:
Latest version available at:

See the file COPYING for license information.


For the user manual see the MANUAL file.


By default the Makefile builds both plugins. If you want to use only one of
them, you can add one of "WITHOUT_MP3=1" or "WITHOUT_MPLAYER=1" to your

In the past month the plugins only have been tested with VDR 1.4.x and 1.5.x.
While the plugins probably can be compiled with VDR down to version 1.1.29, this
is not tested nor supported.

By default any mentioned plugin config file should be located in the "plugins"
subdirectory of your VDR config directory (see commandline option -S to specify
an plugin specific subdirectory). For a complete description of the config
files, see the MANUAL file.

The MP3 plugin needs some external libraries (some optionally):

You must have installed libmad and libid3tag from
<> for decoding MP3 and ID3 support.
Recommended version is 0.15.1b. To compile and install I suggest the following
sequence from the source directory (libmad and libid3tag are installed
separately, so you must execute this once for each directory):

> configure
> make
> make install
> ldconfig

For playback of WAV and other sound files you must have installed libsndfile
<> on your system. Recommended version is
1.0.11 or newer. The old 0.0.x series doesn't work due to some API changes. To
compile and install libsndfile I suggest the following sequence from the
libsndfile source directory:

> configure
> make
> make install
> ldconfig

If you don't want to install libsndfile, you must add "WITHOUT_LIBSNDFILE=1" to
your Make.config.

If you want to listen to CD audio, you can use cdfs
<> (version 0.5c suggested). I suggest
that you create a new entry in /etc/fstab and mp3sources.conf for cdfs. The
/etc/fstab entry could look like:
  /dev/hdc	/mnt/cdfs	cdfs	ro,noauto,user 0 0
The entry for mp3sources.conf could look like:
Or if you want only WAV files to be displayed:
If you don't like cdfs, you could use any other filesystems which allows to
access the CD audio data as WAV files.

For playback of OGG files you must have installed libvorbis and libvorbisfile
<> on your system. Most Linux distributions
include packages for this.
If you don't want to install the vorbis libraries, you must add
"WITHOUT_LIBVORBISFILE=1" to your Make.config.

The MP3 plugin can output the sound to an OSS soundcard. To compile this
support add "WITH_OSS_OUTPUT=1" to your Make.config. The output device defaults
to "/dev/dsp" (see commandline option -D too). Don't forget to enable OSS
output in the plugin setup menu.

Before compiling the plugin, you could have a look at "mp3-config.h". This file
includes a number of defines to set options and values at compile time. You
should only change defines, if you have understand the source code parts which
deal with the define. Improper settings can make the MP3 plugin to fail or to
operate unsmoothly. So you should know what you are doing.

To build the plugin(s) type:
"make plugins"
from the VDR source directory.

To make the progressbar work with the MPlayer plugin and slave mode you need to
apply a small patch to mplayer. Select an appropriate patch file for your
MPlayer version from the patches subdirectory. Apply the patch and recompile

Early 0.90rc versions of MPlayer need a patch to enabled HEAD driver support
too. You will find one for 0.90rc1 in the patches subdirectory. Probably you'll
have to point configure to the new DVB include files with
--with-extraincdir=/usr/local/src/DVB/include or where ever you have stored the
files. MPlayer versions later as 0.90rc5 allow to select HEAD support with a
configure option or even detect this automatically.

Commandline options:

For both plugins it's possible to give an additional configuration subdirectory
with commandline option -S/--sources, i.e. the given directory name is appended
to the default plugin config directory path.

Both plugins have a commandline option -m/--mount to define the name and
location of the mount script. The default mount script is "". This
script is called from the plugin with 2 options on the commandline. The first
is one of mount/unmount/eject/status and gives the action to perform. The
second one is the base directory as defined in "mp3sources.conf" or
"mplayersources.conf". The script must return the exit code 0 if the action was
successful and 1 if the action failed (see the comments in the example
"" script which comes with the archive).

The MP3 plugin maintains a cache for information scanned from song files (e.g.
ID3 tags). This information is saved to the id3info.cache file by default
located in the video directory. You can use commandline option -C/--cache to
specify a different directory for this file.

If you are using cdfs, the MP3 plugin is able to query a CDDB database for the
song information (like title, artist). Local CDDB lookups can be enable from
the setup menu and you must give the path to your local CDDB files with
commandline option -B/--cddb. The database layout follows the xmcd standard
(one subdirectory level for the categories, individual files for every disc).
The settings for remote CDDB lookups can be found in the setup menu, too. Any
information retrieved from a remote host is stored to your local CDDB database,
so the user running VDR needs write access to this directory.

If you are using any of the networking capabilities and you have a dial-up
network, you can use the commandline option -n/--network to give a script name.
This script is called before and after any network access and receives one
option on commandline. This can either be "up" or "down", depending on if it's
before or after the network access. In the "up" case the script should not
return before the network is connected and useable. By default the plugin
assumes that network access can be done at any time without prior action.

If you want to use the OSS output capability but your soundcard device is not
"/dev/dsp" (which is the default) you can use the commandline option -D/--dsp
to give an alternative soundcard device.

If you want to use the cover image display, you have to provide an image
converting script. Usually your covers are in a common image format like e.g.
JPEG or PNG, but the MP3 plugin can only display MPEG (still) frames. The
conversion is done by the script, which takes two arguments: first the filename
of the image file and second the filename or the resulting MPEG file. The
script also has to take care that any needed subdirectories in the cache are
created e.g. mkdir -p. You will find an example script in the examples
subdirectory. By default the script is called "", but you can
use the commandline option -i/--iconv to change the name and location of the
To speed up consecutive accesses to the same image, the converted frames are
cached on disk. The default cache directory is "/var/cache/images/mp3". You can
change this location with the commandline option -c/--icache.
Don't forget to enable the image display in the plugin setup menu.
The search order for images is:
- An image in the same directory as the song, named like the song but with the
  song extension replaced with the image format extension
  e.g. test.mp3 -> test.jpg
- An image named "cover" with the image format extension in the same directory
  as the song (album cover).
  e.g. cover.gif
- An image named "artist" with the image format extension in the parent
  directory of the song (artist image).
  e.g. artist.png
- An image named "background" with the image format extension in the base
  directory of the MP3 source.
For all locations the extensions "jpg", "png" & "gif" are checked (in that
order). If no image can be found, a full screen black image is displayed (this
is included statically in the plugin).

MPlayer is called through a script called "" with the filename to
play as first argument and the phrase SLAVE as second argument if slave mode is
enabled. Additional the environment variable DVB_DEVICE will be set with the
number of the DVB card which VDR uses as primary display.
You can use the commandline option -M/--mplayer to change the name and
location of the mplayer script. The script has to call MPlayer with all the
necessary options.

The script should parse the SLAVE keyword too and give appropriate options to
MPlayer. To enable slave mode you must give at least the "-slave" option, while
I suggest "-slave -nolirc -quiet".

You can use the file, which comes with the archive, as a
starting point. Juri Haberland maintains a full featured file which
is available at <>.

For the MPlayer plugin you can give a location for the global resume file with
commandline option -R/--resume.

Summary of commandline options:

MP3 Plugin:
-m CMD,  --mount=CMD    use CMD to mount/unmount/eject mp3 sources
-n CMD,  --network=CMD  execute CMD before & after network access
-B DIR,  --cddb=DIR     search CDDB files in DIR
-C DIR,  --cache=DIR    store ID3 cache file in DIR
-D DIR,  --dsp=DIR      device for OSS output
-i CMD,  --iconv=CMD    use CMD to convert background images
-I IMG,  --defimage=IMG use IMG as default background image
-c DIR,  --icache=DIR   cache converted images in DIR
-S SUB,  --sources=SUB  search sources config in SUB subdirectory
MPlayer plugin:
-m CMD,  --mount=CMD    use CMD to mount/unmount/eject mplayer sources
-M CMD,  --mplayer=CMD  use CMD when calling MPlayer
-S SUB,  --sources=SUB  search sources config in SUB subdirectory
-R DIR,  --resume=DIR   store global resume file in DIR
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