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Bug#613806: ITP: mplayer2 -- next generation movie player for Unix-like systems

Package: wnpp
Severity: wishlist
Owner: Reinhard Tartler <siretart@tauware.de>

* Package name    : mplayer2
  Version         : 2.0beta1
  Upstream Author : Uoti Urpala <uoti.urpala@pp1.inet.fi>
* URL             : http://www.mplayer2.org/
* License         : GPL
  Programming Lang: C
  Description     : next generation movie player for Unix-like systems

   MPlayer plays most MPEG, VOB, AVI, Ogg/OGM, VIVO, ASF/WMA/WMV,
   QT/MOV/MP4, FLI, RM, NuppelVideo, yuv4mpeg, FILM, RoQ, PVA files,
   supported by many native, XAnim, RealPlayer, and Win32 DLL codecs. It
   can also play VideoCD, SVCD, DVD, 3ivx, RealMedia, and DivX movies.
   Another big feature of MPlayer is the wide range of supported output
   drivers. It works with X11, Xv, DGA, OpenGL, SVGAlib, fbdev, DirectFB,
   but also SDL (plus all its drivers) and some low level card-specific
   drivers (for Matrox, 3Dfx and Radeon, Mach64 and Permedia3). Most of
   them support software or hardware scaling, therefore allowing fullscreen
   display. MPlayer is also able to use some hardware MPEG decoder boards,
   such as the DVB and DXR3/Hollywood+.

The text above is copied from the existing mplayer package. It is
basically a well-known and quite popular fork of mplayer. TBH, I'm a bit
unsure what to do with it. From the first look, it seems that mplayer2
is better suited for being included in a distro release, but not (yet)
in its current form. Currently, it includes a copy of ffmpeg-mt, a
well-known fork of the ffmpeg package, which features multithreaded h264
decoding and actually is already in debian as part of the
chromium-browser package. While ffmpeg-mt is currently being
integrated/merged into ffmpeg upstream, mplayer2's future is not that

Having this in mind, I intend to maintain the package under the
pkg-multimedia umbrella. mplayer2 shoudl go to experimental for now,
including ffmpeg-mt. Help and ideas with that is more than welcome!

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