[mythtv-users] Mythvideo: Internal Player, mplayer or Xine which is prefered?

Willy Boyd willyboyd at gmail.com
Wed Aug 15 13:24:24 UTC 2007

On 8/14/07, Anthony Giggins <seven at seven.dorksville.net> wrote:
> Hey People,
> I recently upgraded from Mythdora 3.2 to 4.0 and have had some issues with
> Xine not playing the audio from some XVID avi's but it is working from
> others all of these are using MP3 audio at 128 bit rate. these worked fine
> in version 3.2 which used mplayer by default I believe.
> So this has raised the question which is prefered by everyone for
> mythvideo playback Xine, mplayer or the Internal Player? and what are the
> pros and cons of each? I've looked around the wiki and have not really
> found the information I was looking for.
> Thank You
> Anthony
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I have a love/hate opinion of the Internal player.  I used it almost
exclusively because the keys & OSD match everything else in Myth, and
now MythVideo supports bookmarking.  The frustration comes in when
watching movies, especially DVDs (and I realize that's not exactly
what you're asking).  It's not as reliable as a standalone player like
mplayer/vlc/xine, or even a hardware player.  For instance you'll be
3/4 of the way through a movie and Myth goes to comm flagging or
something SQL-intensive and Myth just exits (and that goes back to
mysql tuning, having mysql on same disk, etc.)  With that being said,
it has gotten a lot better in recent SVN revisions.  Just after going
through setting up my remote for vlc, I've switched back to using
Internal exclusively for movies again.  We watched several this
weekend with no problems.

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