I exchanged e-mails a day ago with someone setting up mplayer to run in much the same way as what you see in my screenshots. The config file I use for mplayer was helpful to them, and so I’ll post it here in case it is helpful to someone else.
really-quiet="1" vo="fbdev" vf="scale=400:-3" framedrop="1"
It’s short and not terrifically illuminating, but
really-quietoption trims away any output to the console (with only one or two minor omissions);
vodeclares the video output mode as the framebuffer device;
vfoption scales the output to fit half of my 800×600 screen and whatever ratio is determined by the file;
- and setting
framedropto 1 sometimes smooths out skipping if the codec is too weighty, or the transfer rates are slow (I usually keep video files on an external drive, and watch them across USB1.1).
mplayer has about a zillion options, but these are useful at around 550Mhz, and will handle most common output formats without overburdening the machine. I regularly used divx with mp3 playback when I encoded some DVDs, and the ogg sets work fine too. I have borrowed some movies from friends that had mkv or m4a (I think it was m4a … ) encoding, and they were sketchy at times. I mention that in case you have a 300Mhz machine somewhere, and you are wondering how much muscle it will take to watch your Spongebob Squarepants collection. … 🙄