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Special input URL types are available to read input from a variety of sources other than disk files. For example, the alternative syntax will consider an argument following the option a filename. If an option changes and its parameter becomes optional, then a command line using the alternative syntax will break.
This is useful for example for files that are currently being downloaded to disk.
This is like passing the exact contents of the quoted string as command line option.
C-style escapes are currently _not_ interpreted on this level, although some options do this manually.
(This is different from MPlayer and mplayer2.) Also, if any option is changed at runtime (via input commands), they are not reset when a new file is played.
Sometimes, it is useful to change options per-file. DVDs which have been copied on to a hard drive or other mounted filesystem (by e.g.