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Thinking about using Xine, beside other players like VLC and the mplayer-based ones, I became interested in this and tried to understand this kind of terminology (player, frontend, gui, engine, etc), as they are used for example in the Xine-ui help:

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For example, a question might be "is Totem a GUI/frontend of Gstreamer?"; but I do not want necessarily an answer to a such question here: but in order to create separate questions like "what video players are based on the X engine?" I need to know which are the main engines used by Ubuntu video players.

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closed as not a real question by dobey, Florian Diesch, qbi, Eliah Kagan, Seth Feb 26 '13 at 23:03

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You need to change this question to "what engine X application use" so that this not become a useless list of repeated answers and it is better defined. – Bruno Pereira Feb 26 '13 at 15:42
That is not the purpose of the site: 1 question > 1 correct answer (most of the times, depending on the number of affected releases). The way you are asking sounds like Give me all possible video libraries used by all video players ever. That is not a good question for us. – Bruno Pereira Feb 26 '13 at 16:03
Not sure if they are that many actually, for the main video players I know those would be the ones in use, but making it more specific would give you more specific answers for your needs. Can we do that? – Bruno Pereira Feb 26 '13 at 16:10
Oh this is becoming confusing: are you trying to find out what video libs are used by an certain application or how many there are? Why? – Bruno Pereira Feb 26 '13 at 16:23
1 – RolandiXor Feb 26 '13 at 17:04

The default "main" video player in Ubuntu is totem and it uses GStreamer as the multimedia framework.

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in a comment here ( i see that also Banshee and Parole use it – cipricus Feb 26 '13 at 15:33

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