Yesterday I accidentally stumbled over the successor of MPlayer and mplayer2. mpv Video Player that is. One has to be aware of the differences between the projects but all in all I was very impressed with how it handled some of the video files I threw at it. It includes most of the improvements that mplayer2 introduced over the old and somewhat bloated Mplayer code and even brings VDPAU and VAAPI directly compiled in. However I did not compile for myself but users this https://launchpad.net/~mc3man/+archive/mpv-tests/ repository instead. It even includes the correct icon für Ubuntu’s Unity and brings a .desktop file as well.
Nice job so far!