Mostly Used MPlayer Keyboard Control Shortcuts

MPlayer has a fully configurable, command-driven control layer which allows you to control MPlayer using keyboard. But which are these shortcuts are not immediately know to users of MPlayer. Below is a list of mostly used MPlayer keyboard control shortcuts.

They come from the [[man:1|mplayer|mplayer manual]] where you can find a full list of all the MPlayer keyboard control shortcuts.

Mplayer keyboard control:
    left and right
      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.
      Reset playback speed to normal.
    < and >
      Go backward/forward in the playlist.
      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 con-
      secutive press will play one frame and then go into pause
      mode again (any other key unpauses).
    q / esc
      stop playing and quit.
      stop playing (and quit if -idle is not used).
    + 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.
      mute sound.
    _ (mpeg-ts, avi 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 and libavformat only)
      cycle through the available programs.
      toggle fullscreen (also see -fs).
      toggle stay-on-top (also see -ontop).
    w and e
      decrease/increase pan-and-scan range.
      toggle osd states: none / seek / seek + timer / seek +
      timer + total time.
      toggle frame dropping states: none / skip display / skip
      decoding (see -framedrop and -hardframedrop).
      toggle subtitle visibility.
      cycle through the available subtitles.
    y and g
      step forward/backward in the subtitle list.
      toggle displaying "forced subtitles".
      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.
      show filename on the osd.
    ! and @
      seek to the beginning of the previous/next chapter.
    d (-vo xvmc, -vo vdpau, -vf yadif, -vf kerndeint only)
      activate/deactivate deinterlacer.
    a  cycle through the available dvd angles.

    (the following keys are valid only when using a hardware accel-
    erated video output (xv, (x)vidix, (x)mga, etc), the software
    equalizer (-vf eq or -vf eq2) or hue filter (-vf hue).)

    1 and 2
      adjust contrast.
    3 and 4
      adjust brightness.
    5 and 6
      adjust hue.
    7 and 8
      adjust saturation.

    (the following keys are only valid if gui support is compiled in
    and will take precedence over the keys defined above.)

      start playing.
      stop playing.
      load file.
      load subtitle.
      open skin browser.
      open playlist.
      open preferences.

Check more on the [[man:1|mplayer| mplayer man page]].

Eric Ma

Eric is a systems guy. Eric is interested in building high-performance and scalable distributed systems and related technologies. The views or opinions expressed here are solely Eric's own and do not necessarily represent those of any third parties.


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