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    Video Tearing and Sutter Issues

    I have a HTPC running Natty. I have some experience with Linux, but still consider myself new. My HTPC has an AMD 45w quad core and a nVidia 520 GPU with 2GB of memory. The PC side of it works fine, but I am having issues with video playback, mainly some tearing and stutter issues.

    I have a bunch of DVD and Blu-ray rips. The DVDs were coded with Handbrake while the Blu-rays were done with RipBot. All were done using the same settings. I have no stutter issues with the DVDs, but they can tear, though not as often as the Blu-rays. The stutter issue only happens with a few videos. The video stops while the sound continues while the video catches up.

    So far I've tried disabling compiz, but that hasn't helped much. I wonder if there's some codec or other piece I'm missing? I have the latest nVidia drivers installed. I've been using VLC, but did notice the same issues in the native movie player. If I toss Windows on the machine and use Media Player Classic, the videos play just fine. Can anyone lend some assistance? Thanks for any help.

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    Re: Video Tearing and Sutter Issues

    What ubuntu release ?
    What video driver version ?

    The GT520 is relatively new & is not supported by the 10.04 nvidia-current (about May 2011).
    You need nvidia version 270 or later..

    You should understand that VLC & totem do not use nvidia video hardware decode (VDPAU/PureVideo).
    Your windows setup likely includes "filters" that utilize h/w decode.

    Your linux playback is likely using single threaded CPU playback so slow.

    XBMC & MythTV & mplayer (variants.. smplayer etc) support VDPAU directly.
    VLC can support VA-API..there is a backend VDPAU for VA-API library in the mix...

    Later builds of these support multi-threaded execution.
    Last edited by BicyclerBoy; July 20th, 2011 at 12:23 AM.

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    Re: Video Tearing and Sutter Issues

    Thanks BicyclerBoy. I'm using 11.04 x64 with the latest updates. The driver version is 270.41.06.

    What do I need to do get it to work right? If I wait for a better driver will that fix it? Mplayer had the same issues. I used to have a 210m card, but it didn't have sound via HDMI, which I need. That's why I went with the 520. Thanks again.

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    Re: Video Tearing and Sutter Issues

    You have to get your VLC/mplayer/smplayer from some 3rd party ppa.
    The std ubuntu repos will not likely solve your problems..

    Search these forums for smplayer..various people were touting it ..

    I am surprised your CPU decode playback is so bad..a core2duo has no problem.
    Could be due to quad core & single thread app.
    CPU decode does put more demand on RAM & the PCIe bus.

    To re-iterate:
    VLC can use VA-API but to use this you need to install VAAPI & the VDPAU backend for VA-API.
    (s)mplayer/XBMC/MythTV can drive VDPAU directly.

    Note that the GT520 is about as slow as GT210 except is has VDPAU feature set D & is fermi based.
    If you use VDPAU it will be okay.
    Both GT210 & 520 suffer the same problem in that the shaders performance does not allow VA de-interlacing filters & hq scaling (DVD playback etc)
    The GT430 GT530 (oem) are recommended HTPC.
    Last edited by BicyclerBoy; July 21st, 2011 at 02:33 AM.

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