Andrew I am trying to fix a problem. The issue is its somewhat impractical to have to manually setup a link to every user's home directory for the TTF font. I'm using a global configuration file to make the mplayer experience consistent across all users in /etc/mplayer/mplayer.conf:

Code:
# mplayer config file version 0.2 15/04/09
#

# global setup

vo=vdpau
ao=pulse
nolirc=true
nojoystick=true
font=/usr/share/fonts/truetype/ttf-bitstream-vera/Vera.ttf

# DVD navigation

[protocol.dvdnav]
profile-desc="profile for dvdnav:// streams"
mouse-movements=yes
nocache=yes
Even though I have the font correctly defined mplayer spits out:

Code:
MPlayer SVN-r29180-4.3.3 (C) 2000-2009 MPlayer Team
/usr/share/fonts/truetype/ttf-bitstream-vera/Vera.ttf doesn't look like a bitmap font description, ignoring.
Cannot load bitmap font: /usr/share/fonts/truetype/ttf-bitstream-vera/Vera.ttf
Thanks for any help