plaympeg(1) MPEG audio (MP3) and video (MPEG-1) player


plaympeg [options] file ...


plaympeg is an MPEG audio and video player that uses the SDL MPEG Player Library. It can play back MPEG audio (layer 1, 2 and 3), MPEG video (MPEG-1) and MPEG system (audio and video combined) files. MPEG-2 video files (as found on DVDs) are not supported.

The video player works best on a 16 bit color depth X11 display, it works on other color depths with reduced speed as well. You'll need a CPU with 300 MHz or more to play back an MPEG system stream with 25 frames per seconds (fps) at full speed.


Show short usage information
Don't play the audio stream (if available)
Don't play the video stream (if available)
Play the MPEG video stream in fullscreen mode (this requires root privileges or a setuid plaympeg binary)
-2, --double
Play the MPEG video stream at double size
-l, --loop
Play the stream (audio or video) over and over again
-v N, --volume N
Set the volume of the audio stream to N% (N in the range of 0 to 100)
-s S, --scale S
Play the MPEG video stream at S size


The SDL MPEG Player Library was written by Karl Robillard and Sam Lantinga of Loki Entertainment Software. Please report any bugs and/or fixes to [email protected]

This manual page was written by Stefan Gybas <[email protected]> for the Debian GNU/Linux system, but may be used elsewhere under the GPL.