Whaaw Media Player

Jarno Suni jarno.ilari.suni at gmail.com
Sat Jan 2 14:37:03 UTC 2010

In my experience, in practice most people need restricted codecs
including Adobe Flash plugin to provide a "complete" operating system
experience, so users have to install something anyway. Besides
different media players have different strengths in my limited
experience: VLC can handle different playback speeds even with audio*
and can be controlled nicely by lirc i.e. by remote control (although
it does not survive from suspend to RAM maybe due to the fact that I
have to restart lirc then). Xine is the best DVD player (I mean it can
play some DVDs that e.g. VLC can not, totem can not play DVDs from iso
files: https://bugs.launchpad.net/ubuntu/+source/totem/+bug/122635.)
Kaffeine is the best player for digital television. Totem has the best
mozilla plugin although it is not perfect, so sometimes you have to
use the mediaplayerconnectivity add-on and another media player; in
some cases even that trick does not work, but that could be also web
service's fault. As for random access of video streams, Flash player
is usually the only working solution, if it can be used with the
network service in question, though it needs a powerful CPU at least
in full screen mode. Flash player can't survive suspend to RAM...

*) alsaplayer can handle different playback speeds even better, but it
is only an audio player and besides can't play mp4a.

In summary, media player experience in Ubuntu is still far from complete.


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