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Old 07-12-2006, 08:50 PM   #1
greengrocer
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Multimedia Help Required


Hello All,

I am having considerable trouble with getting Ubuntu 5.10 Breezy Badger to provide a rich Multimedia experience for the user.

I have the following Multimedia capable applications installed:

Totem-xine
Xine
MPlayer
XMMS

I have the following codec packs and libs installed:

sox
Win32codecs
libdvdcss2
gstreamer0.8-plugins

I also have a folder /usr/lib/win32 which has a bunch of DLL's etc which were unipped from a file I downloaded following a how-to I read. They came from a file called "essential<yada yada>20060611.tar.gz

The following are my observations:

1) Xine will play DVD but playback tends to jitter and jump a bit unless I use the command "hdparm -d1 -c1 /dev/dvd" before running Xine. The command "hdparm -d1 -c1 /dev/dvd" cleans up the jitter and jumps and playback becomes 100% perfect.

2) Xine does not play AVI's well, the audio and video are out of sync. Video is smooth though.

3) MPlayer does not play AVI's well, the video is jittery but the audio is in Sync.

4) Mplayer does not play DVD's well at all. Everything is jittery.

5) XMMS plays back MP3 perfectly.

6) Totem-xine performs nearly the same as Xine itself (as expected) except that Xine demonstrates better stability when it comes to the user sliding the position bar up and down.

WMV playback quality tends to differ between the Multimedia apps.

7) Xine will play back a WMV file with the video smooth, but audio virtually non-existant aside from a few random "bleeps" here and there.

8) MPlayer will play back a WMV file with audio more or less in tact but everything stops and starts like someone is clicking play...pause...play...pause..play...pause....play.



Does anybody know of any tricks to improve this situation? As it stands, this multimedia experience is very week and needs a lot of work. If this is the average user experience for Multimedia, then it is no wonder a majority of people stick to Windows, where on Windows the Multimedia experience is rich and people can share all sorts of content amongst each other without nearly as many issues.

I am not supporting Windows in any way, I myself prefer Linux and put up with a lot of the crap, but if we want to encourage people to migrate, we need to offer the same or better experience to the end user as what Windows can acheive.

Regards,
Greenie
 
Old 07-12-2006, 09:08 PM   #2
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Video mode?

Hello Green. The only time I have encountered weird display issues with Linux was while running a SEGA Master System emulator called Meka on Puppy 2.00. The screen went all stoppy - starty. The program had worked fine on two other distributions. I changed from 24-bit to 16-bit colour and everything worked fine. You may well have already tried this, but if not it might be worth trying a few different video modes for the desktop.

I agree with your point though. Linux isn't going to seriously challenge Windows in the desktop market if it can't get past these annoying "weird" bugs.

Steven.
 
Old 07-13-2006, 01:19 AM   #3
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Hi Steven,

Why would anyone want to run their desktop with lower colours? Thats worse than having a handful Multimedia clips that work crap.

If you lower your colours, then every app suffers!

I will try what you suggested for curiosity sake, but it even if it works that way, it is not an option to leave the system with lower colours. If users want less colours, heck, they may as well bring out their old Commodore 64 from their closet.
 
Old 07-13-2006, 01:53 AM   #4
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i had to use -cache 20000 for smooth playback in mplayer, it might help. I haven't tried to play a dvd yet though..
 
Old 07-13-2006, 02:50 AM   #5
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Hi Lurko,

Are you saying to use the command : 'mplayer -cache 20000' from a terminal?
 
Old 07-13-2006, 07:09 AM   #6
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Well I managed to get Mplayer to work well with .ASF, .WMV and .AVI files by doing the following:

1) Creating the dir /usr/local/lib/codecs
2) unpacking and copying the Mplayer essential codec pack to /usr/local/lib/codecs
3) Setting the audio device in the configuration menu (gui) to ESD (changed from ALSA to ESD) That is ALSA causing the problem.

So now I have quite reasonable Multimedia functionality, I can now play the following media types (listed by best performing player for that type):

ASF - Mplayer
WMV - Mplayer
AVI - MPlayer
MPG - MPlayer
MP3 - Rhythmbox, XMMS
DVD - Xine
Internet Radio (shoutcast) - Rhythmbox
 
Old 07-13-2006, 02:58 PM   #7
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Quote:
Are you saying to use the command : 'mplayer -cache 20000' from a terminal?
well I have a (very basic)script that I drop video files on to run in mplayer, but essentially yes - though you could add it to whatever shortcut you're launching mplayer from. Anyway, you got it sorted out, good stuff. and you're a few steps ahead of me with your fancy gui too!
 
  


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