WayWard
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Media player on Debian

Sun Jul 08, 2012 4:45 am

Greetings all,

I apt-get installed vlc on debian, but avi and mp4 look terrible.

Do I need codecs or should I go to another media player ? Any ideas ?

Thanks!

blarneyrabble
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Re: Media player on Debian

Sun Jul 08, 2012 3:07 pm

I tried vlc too, it didn't work for me either. I hear we need to adjust the split to at least 192/64. I'll see how that works and get back here...

WayWard
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Re: Media player on Debian

Sun Jul 08, 2012 6:10 pm

http://elsmorian.com/post/23925914654/c ... -gpu-ratio

however the default 128:128 is the best for multimedia ... if you have any luck favoring CPU let me know

thanks

timothy3592
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Re: Media player on Debian

Sun Jul 08, 2012 7:31 pm

by "look terrible" do you mean the video is choppy, appears to drop frames frequently, and/or develops blocking or foreign squares of color in places. This is more a result of playing them on a 700mhz arm platform without using hardware acceleration. as far as i know the only program which utilizes the pi's gpu at all is omxplayer. VLC uses hardware acceleration, but the pi uses a VERY embedded cpu/gpu combo. For now the only hardware acceleration were getting is through Broadcom's libraries and only omxplayer supports them well enough to use.

blarneyrabble
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Re: Media player on Debian

Sun Jul 08, 2012 8:22 pm

omxplayer works for me on both a 128:128 split and a 192:64 split.
720p movies stream over a cifs mounted share fine.
I installed xmms2 plugins as well: mp4 faac avcodec mp3 --- wasnt sure if I needed to.

Nr90
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Re: Media player on Debian

Sun Jul 08, 2012 9:03 pm

timothy3592 wrote:by "look terrible" do you mean the video is choppy, appears to drop frames frequently, and/or develops blocking or foreign squares of color in places. This is more a result of playing them on a 700mhz arm platform without using hardware acceleration. as far as i know the only program which utilizes the pi's gpu at all is omxplayer. VLC uses hardware acceleration, but the pi uses a VERY embedded cpu/gpu combo. For now the only hardware acceleration were getting is through Broadcom's libraries and only omxplayer supports them well enough to use.
There is also XBMC, a GUI that uses omxplayer as a backend to play files.
An easy way to use this is to use Debian Wheezy with the OpenElec 4 Debian package found on this forum.

Sinon
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Re: Media player on Debian

Mon Mar 25, 2013 10:47 am

WayWard wrote:Greetings all,

I apt-get installed VLC on Debian, but avi and mp4 look terrible.

Do I need codecs or should I go to another media player ? Any ideas ?

Thanks!
I HAVE FOUND A WAY MY FRIENDS
with VLC in preferences in input and codecs all you have to do is turn on that use GPU acceleration this baby and it works a lot better not as good as the OMXPlayer but it plays 720 very good 1080 is still a bit weird tho

ghans
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Re: Media player on Debian

Mon Mar 25, 2013 12:10 pm

Can you explain that in detail please ?

1) You are running latest Rasbian , correct ?
2) You have installed VLC via apt-get , correct ?
3) You tried to play videos with VLC and they were
choppy/unusable , correct ?
4) Then you enabled hardware acceleration (where ?) and then at
least 720p videos started playing in a usable manner , correct ?

Intriguing.

ghans
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vsayanam
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Re: Media player on Debian

Mon Mar 25, 2013 12:19 pm

I have installed omxplayer and it works nicely even from the terminal. XBMC is still better and can be installed in a separate SD card.

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