MPlayer Keyboard Controls and Shortcuts

Posted on 2018/04/11 at 11:25 pm

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I love MPlayer but I don't always recall its controls since its default GUI is bare bones and uses the keyboard to do most if not all of its actions. So, I've shamelessly referenced another site and am backing it up onto my site. Besides, one never knows how long a site might remain up and this info is too useful to have to recompile if lost.

To add to all of that, I've been thinking about doing a project where I edit the MPlayer source code to add a helpful popup that shows the control options in a pagnated way. I want this page to be a reference for it should I get the willpower to actually try and do this. Anyway, here are 74 MPlayer keyboard controls.

MPlayer Keyboard Shortcuts

Keyboard control
<- and -> Seek backward/forward 10 seconds.
up and down Seek forward/backward 1 minute.
pgup and pgdown Seek forward/backward 10 minutes.
[ and ] Decrease/increase current playback speed by 10%.
{ and } Halve/double current playback speed.
backspace Reset playback speed to normal.
< and > Go backward/forward in the playlist.
ENTER Go forward in the playlist, even over the end.
HOME and END next/previous playtree entry in the parent list
INS and DEL (ASX playlist only) next/previous alternative source.
p / SPACE Pause (pressing again unpauses).
. Step forward. Pressing once will pause movie, every consecutive press will play one frame and then go into pause mode again (any other key unpauses).
q / ESC Stop playing and quit.
+ and - Adjust audio delay by +/- 0.1 seconds.
/ and * Decrease/increase volume.
9 and 0 Decrease/increase volume.
( and ) Adjust audio balance in favor of left/right channel.
m Mute sound.
_ (MPEG-TS and libavformat only) Cycle through the available video tracks.
# (DVD, MPEG, Matroska, AVI and libavformat only) Cycle through the available audio tracks.
TAB (MPEG-TS only) Cycle through the available programs.
f Toggle fullscreen (also see -fs).
T Toggle stay-on-top (also see -ontop).
w and e Decrease/increase pan-and-scan range.
o Toggle OSD states: none / seek / seek + timer / seek + timer + total time.
d Toggle frame dropping states: none / skip display / skip decoding (see -framedrop and -hardframedrop).
v Toggle subtitle visibility.
j Cycle through the available subtitles.
y and g Step forward/backward in the subtitle list.
F Toggle displaying forced subtitles .
a Toggle subtitle alignment: top / middle / bottom.
x and z Adjust subtitle delay by +/- 0.1 seconds.
r and t Move subtitles up/down.
i (-edlout mode only) Set start or end of an EDL skip and write it out to the given file.
s (-vf screenshot only) Take a screenshot.
S (-vf screenshot only) Start/stop taking screenshots.
I Show filename on the OSD.
! and @ Seek to the beginning of the previous/next chapter.
D (-vo xvmc, -vf yadif, -vf kerndeint only) Activate/deactivate deinterlacer.
Hardware accelerated video output
1 and 2 Adjust contrast.
3 and 4 Adjust brightness.
5 and 6 Adjust hue.
7 and 8 Adjust saturation.
SDL Video Output Driver
c Cycle through available fullscreen modes.
n Restore original mode.
Multimedia Keyboard
PAUSE Pause.
STOP Stop playing and quit.
PREVIOUS and NEXT Seek backward/forward 1 minute.
GUI Support (if compiled in)
ENTER Start playing.
ESC Stop playing.
l Load file.
t Load subtitle.
c Open skin browser.
p Open playlist.
r Open preferences.
If TV or DVB support compiled
h and k Select previous/next channel.
n Change norm.
u Change channel list.
Navigate menus (if DVNAV support)
keypad 8 Select button up.
keypad 2 Select button down.
keypad 4 Select button left.
keypad 6 Select button right.
keypad 5 Return to main menu.
keypad 7 Return to nearest menu (the order of preference is: chapter->title->root).
keypad ENTER Confirm choice.
Teletext support (if compiled)
X Switch teletext on/off.
Q and W Go to next/prev teletext page.
mouse control
button 3 and button 4 Seek backward/forward 1 minute.
button 5 and button 6 Decrease/increase volume.
joystick control
left and right Seek backward/forward 10 seconds.
up and down Seek forward/backward 1 minute.
button 1 Pause.
button 2 Toggle OSD states: none / seek / seek + timer / seek + timer + total time.
button 3 and button 4 Decrease/increase volume.

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