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Every Armadeus APF modules are capable of playing small MPEG videos with the help of the great Mplayer tool. It was successfully tested with 320x240 and 480x272 LCDs. Mplayer is using the Linux Framebuffer to display the videos.
It is also possible to play audio files or webcast with this tool.


  • Activate mplayer package in Buildroot configuration:
[armadeus]$ make menuconfig
Target packages  --->
    Audio and video applications  --->
        [*] mplayer
  • save your configuration and then build it:
[armadeus]$ make
  • finally reflash your rootfs


Note Note: On APF6 please add -vo fbdev2 to the commands below
  • Play a Fullscreen (centered) video with no sound:
# mplayer -fs -nosound video.mpg
  • when playing a movie, keyboard can be used to control mplayer. List of shortcuts is available CONTROL here
  • Play an audio webcast:
# mplayer -ao alsa -cache 128 -vc dummy -vo null


Converting videos

To convert your videos to fit the board's LCD format, you can use ffmpeg on your PC:

$ sudo apt-get install ffmpeg
  • To show current video format:
 $ ffmpeg -i my_video.mpg
 FFmpeg version SVN-rUNKNOWN, Copyright (c) 2000-2007 Fabrice Bellard, et al.
 Input #0, mpeg, from 'my_video.mpg':
  Duration: 00:00:01.7, start: 0.220000, bitrate: 2522 kb/s
  Stream #0.0[0x1e0]: Video: mpeg1video, yuv420p, 352x288, 1150 kb/s, 25.00 fps(r)
  Stream #0.1[0x1c0]: Audio: mp2, 44100 Hz, stereo, 224 kb/s
 Must supply at least one output file
  • To convert it to 320x240 format:
$ ffmpeg -i my_video.mpg -s 320x240 my_video_320x240.mpg