[packman] MPlayer issues with DivX and VDPAU

oldcpu oldcpu at opensuse-forums.org
Fri Jan 28 08:10:12 CET 2011

Exploring this issue on openSUSE forums, it appears the problem is
related to a rather specific way of using MPlayer with VDPAU.

I tested on openSUSE-11.3 PCs (32-bit and 64-bit) with proprietary
nVidia 260.19.29 and 260.19.36 proprietary graphic driver, and with rpms:


and it affects nVidia graphic cards that have Feature Set-A and Feature
Set-B of VDPAU but not cards with Feature Set-C of VDPAU.

ie the problem is with the command

mplayer -vo vdpau -vc ffmpeg12vdpau,ffh264vdpau,ffwmv3vdpau,ffvc1vdpau,

(note the comma after ffvc1vdpau) will on Feature-Set-A and B cards will
still try to load the ffodivxvdapu decoder, when they should not (as
that decode is not available).

However the command
mplayer sample.avi

will still work on the PCs I tested (openSUSE-11.3 with a mix of 32-bit
and 64-bit, all with proprietary video driver).

I tested on:

(1) FX5200 which has no vdapu
(2) GeForce 8400GS (feature-set-B)
(3) GeForce GTX 260 (feature-set-A)
(4) GeForce G210 (feature-set-C)

sample.avi video is here:

Details of what feature set is present for what video card is here:

Forum thread discussing this is here: 

I hope these details help.  I don't use that specific way of launching
mplayer so this is NOT a problem for me, but clearly it does annoy some

aka oldcpu


On 01/21/2011 01:54 PM, Carlos H. Costa wrote:
> Hello,
> I've noticed a small problem with MPlayer (current version dev-SVN-r32749-4.4 / 1.0rc4_r32749-1.pm.2.2).
> I have a NVIDIA GeForce 8600 card, and it only has support for vdpau feature set A, which doesn't support ffodivxvdpau.
> Since the update, when I try to play DivX videos, MPlayer forces ffodivxvdpau, when it should be using ffodivx... The only workaround is to disable vdpau completely, which is really annoying.
> Shouldn't MPlayer recognize the video chipset and not force ffodivxvdpau if it's not supported?
> Thank you for your attention,
> Carlos H. Costa
> ------------------------------------
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