Rpi for playing video mp4 files- not easy!


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by mikezoe65 » Tue Jun 19, 2012 2:04 pm
I have been unsuccessful trying to use omxplayer to play mp4 video files though I can play the test video supplied with the latest Debian squeeze image. What am I missing here? Do I need to bother about Codecs etc?
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by alexeames » Tue Jun 19, 2012 2:11 pm
It needs to be H.264 mp4. mp4 is a wrapper, rather than a codec.
So maybe your mp4 files are encoded with something other than H.264? In which case you can't play them on the Pi for now. Maybe you could possibly transcode them (in advance - not in real time) with FFMPEG? (Just don't ask me how - can't answer that - world of difference between knowing something is possible and knowing how to do it :lol: )
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by mikezoe65 » Tue Jun 19, 2012 3:42 pm
Nothing is as easy as one might wish! I had hopes of using the Rpi to play 1080p film files but I am beginning to think that this might not be possible. The test file with the Debian squeeze latest image plays just about OK but with no sound. I'm thinking it might need serious overclocking and maybe a larger RAM to accomplish- neither of which is a possibility at the moment. I feel we need a forum dedicated to the problems of running HD film files.
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by itimpi » Tue Jun 19, 2012 3:55 pm
I have no problem running 1080p files that are encoded using h264.
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by xxxstarmanxxx » Tue Jun 19, 2012 4:04 pm
mikezoe65 wrote:Nothing is as easy as one might wish! I had hopes of using the Rpi to play 1080p film files but I am beginning to think that this might not be possible. The test file with the Debian squeeze latest image plays just about OK but with no sound. I'm thinking it might need serious overclocking and maybe a larger RAM to accomplish- neither of which is a possibility at the moment. I feel we need a forum dedicated to the problems of running HD film files.


Just run raspmbc - Its running everything I throw at it - 1080p MVK, 1080p MP4 and even 720p (h.263) divx files which are not even decoded in hardware like h.264.

I feel you have to decide on what you want from the machine as hardware decoding of 1080p whilst running a debian system with full desktop in the background is really pushing it a bit for 800mhz (overclocked).

That's why I run two cards - One for raspbmc and one for experimenting with linux distro's

Justin :)
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by alexeames » Tue Jun 19, 2012 7:57 pm
xxxstarmanxxx wrote:That's why I run two cards - One for raspbmc and one for experimenting with linux distro's

Justin :)


LOL only two? :lol:
I've got three for Debian at the moment, one for openELEC and one for Arch. (And a few spares) :evil:
openELEC is great for watching 1080p H.264
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