[mythtv] [mythtv-commits] Ticket #6547: Allow to play video using default external player

Bill Williamson bill at bbqninja.com
Tue Aug 11 22:37:15 UTC 2009

2009/8/11 Petr Stehlik <pstehlik at sophics.cz>:
> MythTV píše v Út 11. 08. 2009 v 12:53 +0000:
>> #6547: Allow to play video using default external player
>> Comment(by stuartm):
>>  I've always been concerned that offering the option of an alternative
>>  player means that people don't report the problems they have with the
>>  internal player.
>>  Now the internal player and mplayer both use ffmpeg and at least in
>>  principle they should both be able to play the same content.
> I use mplayer because of its larger and much more nicely rendered
> subtitles (that also feature automatic codepage recognition).
> Plus there are mplayer versions available that are multithreaded while
> the Myth internal player is using standard (non-mt) ffmpeg. This is
> important difference for non-VDPAU users, I guess.
>>  Doesn't
>>  allowing an alternative for the 1/2% of videos which won't play seem like
>>  the wrong approach, holding back the internal player rather than focusing
>>  on addressing remaining issues?
> I use it for 100% of my video collection currently.

A big lacking feature right now is that mythtv does not support vobsub
subtitles (idx + sub, graphical in nature instead of text).  Most
people ripping their own dvds with subs will be using this as it's a
huge pain to do the whole text recognition thing (not to mention
there's no GOOD way to do so on linux).

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