Only a short note this morning: An update to mplayer yesterday broke the configuration I posted a couple of weeks ago.
At the time I pointed out that
vf="scale=1024:-2" worked but I wasn’t sure why. It seemed to naturally push the vertical dimension of the image down without distorting it.
That’s not the case now. Apparently mplayer is trying to push the image beyond the dimensions of the screen, if I understand its error messages correctly.
So I’m specifying the dimensions explicitly, which is a little inconvenient but takes only a second or two to figure out. If I can find a better way to do it, I’ll make a note of it here.