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    Playing High Definition Videos

    Hello,

    I am having hard time playing a high definition video file (.mp4), the video initially plays fine, but after 5 mins, it starts to skip and stutter, (I use Movie Player with some codes that Ubuntu installed when I first tried to play file)
    I have a Dell XPS M1330 Intel Core Duo @2.20 GHz with 4 GB RAM. Any ideas?

    Thanks,

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    Re: Playing High Definition Videos

    Can you do me a favour and test the following:

    1) Turn off swap (temporarily)
    2) Run the video

    For 1), open a terminal and type "sudo swapoff -a"

    Let the video play and continue playing on stuttering: my expectations are that after a "stutter", it goes well again for some time.

    Report back if there are changes over a situation where your swap is active
    - The stuttering could be gone
    - The stuttering could still be there, but less frequent and less long
    - Nothing may change
    - Your system could freeze (so do not do this with open applications)

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    Re: Playing High Definition Videos

    Quote Originally Posted by vanadium View Post
    Can you do me a favour and test the following:

    1) Turn off swap (temporarily)
    2) Run the video

    For 1), open a terminal and type "sudo swapoff -a"

    Let the video play and continue playing on stuttering: my expectations are that after a "stutter", it goes well again for some time.

    Report back if there are changes over a situation where your swap is active
    - The stuttering could be gone
    - The stuttering could still be there, but less frequent and less long
    - Nothing may change
    - Your system could freeze (so do not do this with open applications)

    Thanks for your reply Vanadium,

    I tried turning the swap off, however i didn't see any changes. The video plays fine for the 5 mins and then starts to stutter and skip. It is rather surprising given my computer specs and the fact that I am using 64-bit Ubuntu.

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    Re: Playing High Definition Videos

    ok, first off, have you installed the mediubuntu codecs and the ubuntu-restricted-extras package?

    for HD content that lags in Totem (Movie Player) I use SMPlayer. it uses the Zine backend instead of GStreamer, and deals with heavier content much more easily.
    http://www.howtogeek.com/howto/12125...movies-better/
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    Re: Playing High Definition Videos

    Quote Originally Posted by doas777 View Post
    ok, first off, have you installed the mediubuntu codecs and the ubuntu-restricted-extras package?

    for HD content that lags in Totem (Movie Player) I use SMPlayer. it uses the Zine backend instead of GStreamer, and deals with heavier content much more easily.
    http://www.howtogeek.com/howto/12125...movies-better/




    yes i concur here


    smplayer has no problem even with 1080p


    choose options/preferences/video/output driver/vdpau and you are away


    xbmc has also always worked for me for 1080p



    also just tested a new one called umplayer which is a fork from smplayer it too works brilliantly for 1080p same settings as smplayer with vdpau ( options/preferences/video/output driver/vdpau)



    first saw it mentioned here thank you beew


    install UMPlayer using the following commands:


    Code:
    sudo add-apt-repository ppa:nilarimogard/webupd8
    sudo apt-get update
    sudo apt-get install umplayer
    A few readers have reported that using Mplayer from the Ubuntu official repositories UMPlayer doesn't work so you may want to install the latest MPlayer from the MPlayer daily builds PPA (this PPA is even linked in the MPlayer download page). Add it and upgrade MPlayer using the following commands:

    Code:
    sudo add-apt-repository ppa:motumedia/mplayer-daily
    sudo apt-get update
    sudo apt-get upgrade
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