VLC media player is a highly portable multimedia player for various audio and video formats.
Using VideoLAN for playback
The command line for the video player should be:
vlc file://%s vlc://quit
vlc %s vlc://quit
if you are experiencing problems playing files containing spaces in the file name.
This will execute vlc passing the file to play in a URL format. The vlc:quit portion adds the quit message to the end of the playlist so that VLC will exit once the playlist is completed. Also, there is an option in the vlcrc for "play-and-stop", which will stop after every playlist item. This will allow you to have a much cleaner command-line option of just "vlc". Whether you want this function as a default it up to you. There are many other options in
$(HOME)/.config/vlc/vlcrc (v0.9.0 and above)
$(HOME)/.vlc/vlcrc (v0.8 and older)
These are the options that I suggest. You should read through the configuration file and create your own settings.
intf=dummy #starts vlc with no interfaces such as web, telnet, or wxWidgets fullscreen=1 #tells vlc to playback in fullscreen width=1920 #vlc will start in a window, I use these settings height=1080 #to make the initial window the full size of my screen spdif=1 #have vlc audio output over digital S/PDIF osd=0 #vlc on screen display is different from MythTV, disable to look consistent rt-priority=1 #a possible speed-up, setting vlc up for real-time priority level control=lirc #add LIRC as a control input
There are also key-bindings in the vlcrc, They should mimic your MythTV key bindings so that your remote controls are consistent. You should only have to uncomment each line that starts with "#". Here is one example:
In your lircrc, you don't have to map individual keystrokes, simply use the vlc-defined identifiers from the vlcrc, as an example:
#Stop playback and exit begin prog = vlc button = Back config = key-quit end
Using VideoLAN for checking DVB signals
In conjunction with tools like tzap VLC can be a useful visual check:
The file needs to be named 'channels.conf'. The format should be the same as what tzap uses. The channels from the file should appear in the playlist widget.
On Top issues
If you're having issues with VLC starting up behind mythfrontend, consider this fix. Install 'wmctrl' from apt/yum/wherever and use the following command for "Default Video Player"
wmctrl -r "mythfrontend" -b add,below; vlc -f -video-on-top file://%s vlc://quit; wmctrl -r "mythfrontend" -b remove,below
This is working for me in Ubuntu 7.04.
A somewhat expanded fix solves on-top problems when using VLC as the DVD player under Mythbuntu 9.04:
wmctrl -r "mythfrontend.real" -b remove,fullscreen -b add,below; vlc -f -video-on-top dvd://%d vlc://quit; wmctrl -r "mythfrontend.real" -b remove,below -b add,fullscreen; wmctrl -a "mythfrontend.real"
If, like Mythbuntu, your desktop environment is XFCE, it may also help to disable focus stealing prevention in XFCE's window manager settings.
Also, instead of using wmctrl, you may alternatively try "focus follows mouse" with auto raise and auto focus selected in the XFCE window manager settings.