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Old 03-28-2013, 03:09 AM   #1
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1080p MKV Video Playback Issues

Seems like every video player I find has trouble playing these 1080p mkv files I have. When it gets to a certain point, in the video there's some kind of video static, and when the player tries to render the effects it slows down, skips during playback of that video effect only (and it spawns often in what I'm watching), and in VLC's case it froze entirely. I've tried every player in the Ubuntu Software Center. Anyone have any I can try? Or maybe help me tweak something to work? Thanks in advance.

EDIT: Hopefully something in equal to Windows' MPC

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Old 03-28-2013, 06:26 AM   #2
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Your pc is too slow i guess, but you can still watch 1080p avi files by converting those mkv files you have.
Old 03-28-2013, 01:40 PM   #3
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mkv is a holder is the video in h264

have you looked into "Mplayer" ? and installing the codecs and plugins

there is the all 2011 codec package from mplayer.hq
and all the plugins for xine and gstreamer that can be used

4 gig ram is enough
the core 2 duo is a bit old but usable
NVIDIA 9800 GT ?
what driver are you using ?
the opensource "nouveau" ?
or the proprietary or the kmod-nvidia

my 12 year old P4 computer did not have any issues with HD avi's and mkv's
though the 1 gig ram was a bit low so there was some buffering issues do to 1 gig ram

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Old 03-28-2013, 02:50 PM   #4
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That nvidia card should be enough to play 1080p. The drivers you use are important, but newer nouveau drivers should be able to play it. If not, then I guess you have to use the proprietary blob.
Old 03-28-2013, 07:12 PM   #5
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Mpeg2 or 4
mplayer -nodouble file.mpg
mplayer -lavdopts lowres=1 -vfm ffmpeg file.mpg
mplayer -lavdopts skiploopfilter=all file.mkv
mplayer -lavdopts skipframe=nonref:skiploopfilter=all:fast=1 file.mkv
Also using ffmpeg will help on a lower resource machine.
mplayer ffmpeg://file.mkv
Also look at
ffplay file.mkv
Look at -framedrop and -hardframedrop

I can watch 1080p on a P4 with an old nvidia 5200 without framedropping or low res.(just barely)
lspci | grep VGA
01:00.0 VGA compatible controller: NVIDIA Corporation NV34 [GeForce FX 5200] (rev a1)
cat /proc/cpuinfo
processor	: 0
vendor_id	: GenuineIntel
cpu family	: 15
model		: 2
model name	: Intel(R) Pentium(R) 4 CPU 2.20GHz
Old 03-28-2013, 07:56 PM   #6
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An 1.7 GHz Atom can play back x246 1080p with proper GPU. By proper GPU I mean something like nVidia which offers a capable Linux driver, see VDPAU. Your player has to be aware of VDPAU and use it. There is another API emerging, VA API, which can utilize hardware decoding as well.
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i also had similar problem. i installed nvidia driver from manufacturer's website. i have GeForce 9500 GT. it solved everything. but my distribution is CentOS 6.4. dont know about ubuntu.
Old 03-30-2013, 04:23 PM   #8
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Nothing worked XBMC works! But seems like such a haul JUST to play a 30 minute clip.. And when I had Windows 7 on my comp it did the same. But I tried it with MPC and it works fine.


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