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I am using VLC Media Player 0.86d downloaded from the VideoLAN website for openSUSE 10.3. Whenever I attempt to play Matroska (mkv) format video files, the video track is choppy. There is no problem with the audio, however. I have successfully played Matroska files with other media players, such as Totem and MPlayer on the same system. With VLC, avi files seem to play fine. From what I know, all required dependencies are installed, and I also have libmatroska installed, but it seems to make no difference. Is anyone else experiencing this? I am unsure what the problem could be.
It's an older ATI Radeon Mobility M32 (I believe) card in a Gateway 450SX4 laptop. I have no problems with other media players such as Totem or MPlayer in playing Matroska files, just in VLC. I have this same version installed on a 10.2 machine that is slightly more powerful, so I may check this out to see if the problem occurs on this system as well.
I have a AMD Athlon(tm) 64 Processor 3700+ with 2GB of RAM and it's choppy. The video card has 128MB. As you say, when I run any other file through VLC, it works fine... Just mkv's seem to be a hassle.
With your system specs, these files should play without issue. Perhaps it is the package, I thought, but I tried both the VLC packages from Packman and the official VideoLAN repository and still get the same results. Fortunately, I have other options in either Totem and MPlayer to handle Matroska files until (or if) this issue is resolved in VLC.