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Problems with video players

Postby HTD on Sat Jun 25, 2011 9:51 am

I really don't know how to title this post better. I've used several video players, and none of them is perfect, each one has very annoying problems. I hope maybe someone knows how to solve some of the problems. Or maybe you know a better video player for Gnome desktop :)

1. Gnome MPlayer - the fastest one. Gives very good video and audio quality, the best subtitles quality. The problems:
- there are horizontal artifacts at the top and bottom of video, they appear after showing or hiding playback controls with C key. They don't appear in Ubuntu 11 (however playback on Ubuntu is much slower). Quick fix for it is to hide controls with C key and then press F twice (but it's quite annoying)
- mouse cursor doesn't disappear, I can't find the way to hide it (very annoying)

2. Totem - can be quite slow with HD mkv. And is there any way to force it to load .txt subtitles? I know, I can rename them to .sub and it works, but it's annoying :)

3. VLC is sometimes quite slow, using over 60% of CPU. Sometimes the sound is out of sync with video which makes it pretty unusable. The subtitles are rendered in the same resolution as video and looks pretty ugly sometimes. Is there a way to fix it?

I use GLX output with all of them, on ATI Radeon 4870 with FGLRX drivers. Problem with Gnome MPlayer disappears when Compiz is disabled, but disabling Compiz is not an option for me.
I can't use open Radeon drivers too, because of video tearing (and many other problems like very poor performance, random artifacts, broken blur effect in Compiz)
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Re: Problems with video players

Postby LifeInTheGrey on Sat Jun 25, 2011 11:50 am

I know its known more for its audio components, but Banshee also makes a very solid video player as well. That said, I never watch video on anything but XBMC; if you can get it running without the Radeon drivers, you won't be disappointed.
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Re: Problems with video players

Postby craigevil on Sat Jun 25, 2011 12:23 pm

Try use x11 in mplayer. vlc.

You might like umplayer or smplayer rather than the Gnome front-end.
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Re: Problems with video players

Postby HTD on Tue Jun 28, 2011 4:12 am

I've tried smplayer and it's the best so far. No problems. Works perfectly with all outputs. I expected it to be slower than gnome mplayer. Well - it's way faster. I hated windows version, because it refused to work randomly (probably because of windows mplayer). Linux version is just perfect.
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