Mplayer is a wonderful little software which like VLC (and even better than VLC it seems) just seems to be able to cope with any codec under the sun – even tried to open an rmvb file with it; it didn’t crash but it got me only the sound.
I first heard of this little player while reading about the One Laptop Per Child Project; indeed, mplayer will be shipped on these $100 laptops and so had a go at it (it’s a bit hard to install VLC on Opensuse 10 when u do not have a decent internet connection). Got the binaries, compiled them n it works (had some warning during installation but nothing serious).
Also, Mplayer has been voted as Video Media application of the year on linuxquestions.org beating VLC by an amazing 20% (though I think VLC deserves better than that).
Mplayer also works on Windows but right now, i’ve only tested it on OpenSuse. So this little jewel is defnitely worth a look. Get if for free here.