ATi + mplayer video tearing fix
I spent a good couple of hours trying to figure this out, so I figured I would post my results for reference.
I recently upgraded to Ubuntu Karmic and couldn't get any videos to play without tearing with my ATI Sapphire Radeon 3650 (proprietary drivers), even with compiz disabled. I also didn't like how the mouse cursor stayed on while videos were at full screen. After searching fruitlessly for fixes to these problems, I jumped into the #mplayer IRC channel and found out a couple interesting facts that I wish I'd known before:
- mplayer itself does not have a GUI by default
- The version of mplayer included in the repositories comes with a GUI (gmplayer), but it is not updated
I found two solutions that worked for me:
1) Use a custom command that would run my videos fine without a GUI (right-click a file -> Properties -> Open With -> Add -> Use Custom Command):
mplayer -vo gl2 -demuxer lavf -fs -framedrop
2) Install smplayer from the repository and switch the video output driver to "gl (fast - ATI cards)".
Hopefully this helps someone else that may be facing the same problem.
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