So can someone explain how VLC manages to stream at 720p in such amazing detail. Surely it has to do with the Hardware of the Pi 4, but that doesn;t explain how it is 720p looking like 2160p, 'apparenty' (though not 'actually') sharper for example than I can see in any of the other players. And it even looks clearer than VLC playing a 1080p video off the hard drive?if you paste the URL into VLC, play it and open the codec information you will see that it is using the 720p resolution and a H264 codec version
I've checked the codec info, and on dom's mp4 test video it is H.265 at 3840 x 1606.
Streaming a youtube video, VLC reports H.254 at 1280 x 720.
but the resolution 'appears' at least as high as dom's 4k sample. How can VLC achieve this?
Anyway, back to the topic 'VLC testing'.
One or two of us use the Pi for viewing video media. And some of us use Chromium or VLC (with CTRL-n and cut and paste).
I have never been able to stream high resolution Youtube 'smoothly' on a Pi 4 because omxplayer doesn't work on the Pi 4.
But I can say that, at least on 'my' Pi 4, using CTRL+n in VLC and pasting this URL
into VLC on a big (in my case 55 inch) UHD TV, results in a video that looks as sharp as, and sharper than most of the display videos in the on the UHD TVs in stores.
AND !! Using gkreidl's method to make Chromium play video in a VLC window, gives the same incredible result.
Guenter, if you are reading this, and if you have a UHD TV attached to a Pi 4, would you please test that link comparing the CTRL+n paste and your ytdl server +VLC in Chromium method? And tell my if you get the same result.
And, I admit my broadband is downloading at 60mbps on the Pi 4 (compared with 95mbps on the desktop machines)
But the Pi 4 streams that video perfectly smoothly. It didn't a few days ago, but for some reason it is now. And despite what the codec information says I cannot see any way that this video is actually displaying 720p in VLC
VLC is working some kind of magic.