aristosv
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vlc show controls in full screen mode not working

Mon Mar 30, 2020 1:04 pm

I just installed Raspbian Buster on a Raspberry Pi 4.
vlc player v3.0.8 is already installed, but there's an issue.

Even though "show controls in full screen mode" is selected in preferences, when you play a video in full screen mode, and move the mouse around, the controls don't appear. You have to go out of full screen mode to be able to see the controls again.

Is there a way to fix this issue?

Thanks

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Re: vlc show controls in full screen mode not working

Mon Mar 30, 2020 2:40 pm

Not really.
X doesn't do overlays very well (at all!), so within the standard rendering paths it doesn't use the hardware acceleration to do that composition. Performance therefore it pretty poor unless you have a fairly beefy graphics card. 720p60 if you're lucky.

The Pi has hardware specifically designed to do composition of layers, and VLC switches to this mode when in fullscreen. Things such as subtitles and the play/pause OSD icons are rendered as extra layers. The control panel has remained as part of the X furniture, and that is hidden.
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Re: vlc show controls in full screen mode not working

Thu Apr 09, 2020 9:06 pm

Will that be fixed?

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Re: vlc show controls in full screen mode not working

Fri Apr 10, 2020 12:40 am

panca wrote:
Thu Apr 09, 2020 9:06 pm
Will that be fixed?
There is nothing to fix.
You can simply use X11 output without MMAL splitter. But then you will loose all the advantages of the layered output.
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Re: vlc show controls in full screen mode not working

Fri May 01, 2020 2:49 am

I'm facing the same overlay issue and I just found out that using the OpenGL ES2 output works flawlessly - did not notice any performance degradation, and overlays work properly.

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Re: vlc show controls in full screen mode not working

Fri May 01, 2020 12:43 pm

aristosv wrote:
Mon Mar 30, 2020 1:04 pm
You have to go out of full screen mode to be able to see the controls again.
I had to get comfortable with using the keyboard shortcuts in fullscreen. :| Or you could exit fullscreen, click your buttons, then go back to fullscreen.

There is actually two fullscreen modes: the first one has a button for it, or you could press F to toggle it.
The second one is more hidden, and AFAIK the only way you can toggle it is with F11. This second mode does show you the buttons, but the video does not fill the screen. :|

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