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DVD on Linux
These are the results of the preparation for a presentation I supported for the L2U (Leuvense Linux Users), a local LUG. There's a chance I'll keep this updated ;-) Of course, all improvements are welcomed.
Update 19 April 2004: After some mails from the mplayer team *demanding* correction, I'll add that this information is out-dated. The 'Last modified' date on this page has been reset due to this. Sigh.
  • Mplayer v0.9pre2
    • homepage: http://www.mplayerhq.hu/homepage/
    • input: divx, dvd, mpeg, vcd
    • codecs: ac3, asf, divx, fli, mov, mp3, mpeg-1, mpeg-2, vorbis
    • video: aa, dga, ggi, gl, gl2, mga, pgm, sdl, x11, xmga, xvideo, xvidix (md5, png)
    • audio: esd, mpegpes, oss, pcm, sdl
    • features:
      • subtitle
    • drawbacks:
      • need to start with options in advance
      • no preference GUI
      • needs to be restarted when changing chapter/titles/dvd/channel/subtitle
  • Ogle v0.8.2
    • homepage: http://www.dtek.chalmers.se/groups/dvd/
    • input: dvd, mpeg, vcd
    • video: fb, ggi, sdl, x11, xvideo
    • audio: esd, oss
    • features:
      • ac3 s/pdif
      • menu
      • subtitle
    • drawbacks:
      • shows non-black sidebars sometimes
  • VideoLan Client v0.3.1
    • homepage: http://www.videolan.org/
    • input: dvd, mpeg, network streams
    • codecs: ac3, mpeg-1, mpeg-2,
    • video: fb, mga, sdl, x11, xmga, xvideo
    • audio: alsa, arts, eds, oss, sdl
    • features:
      • ac3 s/pdif
      • filter
      • subtitle
      • slider
    • drawbacks:
      • need to be restarted when changing titles/dvds
      • still shows windowborders in fullscreen
      • using the slider increases chance of crashing
  • Xine v0.9.9 + d5d v0.2.4
    • homepage: http://xine.sourceforge.net/ + http://www.captaincss.tk/
    • input: cda, dvd, mpeg, vcd
    • codecs: avi, divx, mp3, mpeg-1, mpeg-2, quicktime, vorbis
    • video: aa, opengl, syncfb, x11, xv
    • audio: alsa, arts, esd, oss
    • features:
      • ac3 s/pdif
      • can read UDF-title
      • menu
      • subtitle
    • drawbacks:
      • difficult to select title/chapter
      • no backward/forward with d5d
    Features tested: forward/backward, fast 2x/4x, subtitles
    If not mentioned, features are working correctly.
    Tested with Xv or SDL and OSS.

    Overall results:

    • Mplayer: 27/35
    • Ogle: 32/35
    • VLC: 32/35
    • Xine: 35/35
  • Crouching Tiger Hidden Dragon (2.35, 16x9, reg 2, double sided)
    • Mplayer: bad fast motion, not 2:35 3/5
    • Ogle: Skips frames during action (menu-support) 4/5
    • VLC: 100% 5/5
    • Xine: 100% (menu-support) 5/5
  • Desperado (1.85, reg 2, double sided)
    • Mplayer: takes wrong audio channel by default, only 4:3 3/5
    • Ogle: 100% (menu-support) 5/5
    • VLC: crash/freezes after skipping 4/5
    • Xine: 100% (menu-support) 5/5
  • Fight Club
    • Mplayer: 100% 5/5
    • Ogle: 100% (menu-support) 5/5
    • VLC: 100% 5/5
    • Xine: 100% (menu-support) 5/5
  • From Dusk Till Dawn (1.85, 16x9, reg 2, dual layer)
    • Mplayer: not 2.35 4/5
    • Ogle: skips frames 4/5
    • VLC: 100% 5/5
    • Xine: 100% (menu-support) 5/5
  • Gladiator (2.35, 16x9, reg 2, dual layer)
    • Mplayer: skips frames, sound desync, not 2.35 3/5
    • Ogle: skips frames 4/5
    • VLC: crash-window on startup 4/5
    • Xine: 100% 5/5
  • Monty Python's Life of Brian (4:3) (Low format, not counted)
    • Mplayer: skips frames/sound 2/5
    • Ogle: doesn't work (menu not working) 0/5
    • VLC: have to select title 2 4/5
    • Xine: can't play automaticly (menu not working) 3/5
  • Shakespeare In Love (2.35, 16x9, reg 2)
    • Mplayer: little skipping during playback4/5
    • Ogle: 100% (menu-support) 5/5
    • VLC: 100% (black/white the first time ??) 5/5
    • Xine: 100% (menu not working) 5/5
  • The Matrix (2.35, 16x9, reg 2, 2 layer)
    • Mplayer: 100% 5/5
    • Ogle: 100% (menu-support) 5/5
    • VLC: crash/freezes after skipping 4/5
    • Xine: 100% (menu-support) 5/5
  • General DVD info
  • DVD on Linux