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Linux Pocket Guide, 2nd Edition by Daniel J. Barrett

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mplayer — stdin  stdout  -file  -- opt  --help  --version

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mplayer [options] video_files...

The mplayer command plays video files in many formats: MPEG, AVI, MOV, and more:

$ mplayer myfile.avi

While the video is playing, press the space bar to pause and resume, the cursor keys to jump forward and backward in time, and Q to quit. The program has dozens of options on its manpage, and you can learn more at http://www.mplayerhq.hu.

Other popular video players for Linux include vlc (http://www.videolan.org/vlc/), kaffeine (http://kaffeine.kde.org/), and xine (http://sourceforge.net/projects/xine/).

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