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mplayer command

mplayer lacks an option for selecting files in a reverse order. So here is a quick way to playback all mp3 files in reverse order:
$ ls -1 -r *.mp3 > mp3.rev
$ mplayer -playlist mp3.rev

Where,

  • -r reverse order while sorting
  • -1 list one file per line
  • -playlist file : Play files according to a playlist file

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If you see error that read as follows while playing video files:
It seems there is no Xvideo support for your video card available.

Try mplayer command as follows:
$ mplayer -vo xv file.avi

Under XFree86 4.0.2 or newer, you can use your card's hardware YUV routines using the XVideo extension. This is what the option -vo xv uses. Also, this driver supports adjusting brightness/contrast/hue/etc. Type following for other (non-xv) video out drivers list:
$ mplayer -vo help

mplayer is a movie player for Linux and other platforms. It plays most MPEG/VOB, AVI, ASF/WMA/WMV, RM, QT/MOV/MP4, Ogg/OGM, MKV, VIVO, FLI, NuppelVideo, yuv4mpeg, FILM and RoQ files, supported by many native and binary codecs. You can watch Video CD, SVCD, DVD, 3ivx, DivX 3/4/5 and even WMV movies, too.

If you just need to play mp3 in loop use -loop option. It loops movie playback times. Add 0 numbers to play it forever:
mplayer -loop 0 /presentation/foss/bit/08/background.soft.welcome.mp3