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DVD playback quality

Postby 2handband on Fri Jan 09, 2009 3:01 pm

I am in dire need of assistance, because multimedia issues are placing me in imminent danger of having to re-install a windows partition in order to appease my wife. The biggest problem is the quality of encrypted DVD playback. VLC is grainy and pixelized, Kaffeine and Xine suffer from occasional screen flickers, mplayer looks great but does not include menu support?! In order to keep my wife happy (we don't own a TV or DVD player) I need video playback quality that is the equal of what I can get with Windows apps. Any suggestions?
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Re: DVD playback quality

Postby AK Dave on Fri Jan 09, 2009 3:13 pm

Did you disable Compiz? It is often enabled by default, and disabling it may help.

Your graphics card may not be using optimal drivers. Enabling "restricted drivers" for your graphics card can be a big help. Less so, but the key for some, is to run Envy to have it compile and install vendor-specific drivers for your hardware.
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Re: DVD playback quality

Postby 2handband on Fri Jan 09, 2009 3:39 pm

How do I disable Compiz?
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Re: DVD playback quality

Postby Tofucifer on Sun Jan 18, 2009 9:05 am

Preferences > Appearance > Visual Effects - then change the option to "None". Logout and log back in and you should be compiz free.
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Re: DVD playback quality

Postby 2handband on Mon Jan 19, 2009 3:09 pm

Tried that, no change.
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Re: DVD playback quality

Postby garda on Mon Feb 16, 2009 11:49 am

Try to switch between video outputs in Control Center > Multimedia Systems Selector > Video tab > Default Ouput Plugin. Some video playback issues can be resolved by using the 'No Xv' plugin.
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Re: DVD playback quality

Postby Ozz on Mon Feb 16, 2009 1:19 pm

I would suggest installing the application called compiz-switch.

I don't know if it is approved here, but it works fine for me on Felicia and Elyssa. Compiz is great but can be a nuisance when anything involving video or flash is used.

Here is the link: http://forlong.blogage.de/entries/pages/Compiz-Switch

This software allows the user to completey enable or disable compiz with a single click of the mouse.

Try then to see if your video is choppy when playing DVDs

Also check if you have hardware acceleration by typing Glxgears in a terminal. If you are above 500-700 frames/sec(???), then you are ok. Under this you may need to look for drivers as suggested by AK Dave.
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