[mythtv-users] VLC and MythVideo

Daniel Segel mythtv at archer-segel.com
Fri Jun 17 03:23:19 UTC 2005

I'm trying to get vlc working on my Myth box, but so far have run into 
problems related to sound and xv support. It works fine on a similar 
linux system (same hardware except for video out), so I'm sure I'll get 
it working eventually. Then the question becomes: is it any better than 
xine (which is working well with DVDs, although the sound needs tweaking.)

Once I get it working I'll report back with the settings I used and how 
it compares to xine.


Robert Karaffa wrote:

> I've been experimenting with MythVideo, mostly on my OS X frontend. 
> For OS X, mplayer is the video player that works best, except I get 
> crackly audio on everything.
> In Linux, xine seemed to be the best...except I could not get it to 
> show subtitles (I like indie and foreign films!).
> So I was stuck, until I tried fooling with VLC.
> VLC in Linux is the bomb. It shows subtitles, is highly configurable, 
> plays .iso files, DVDs, the works. The best part is that the command 
> line call in MythVideo is as simple as:
> Code:
>  vlc
> Installation in KnoppMyth R5A16 was a snap:
> apt-get install vlc
> No dependency probs (yay!).
> Latest downloadable version is 0.8.1.
> The interface is easily configured on-screen, then it can be put away 
> for good. Much better than xine. yay!
> For OS X, VLC will work, but it will not come to the foreground when 
> called unless I alt-tab to it. Bummer. I'm working on that, but have 
> only succeeded in making it crash.
> Volume levels of VLC in OS X are much better than mplayer. Louder, 
> crisper and clearer. If anybody has any ideas or is also fooling with 
> VLC, I'd like to share notes!
> -Bob K.
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