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

Jon Boehm boehm100 at comcast.net
Wed Aug 15 23:12:43 UTC 2007


Wow, thats some really great info.  Where did you find out about the 
tvtime post processing in xine?

I found this page to have some really great info too.


Tom Dexter wrote:
>> From: "Anthony Giggins"
>> 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
> I use xine for just about everything.  I have wmv files set to use mplayer, 
> thought I virtually never watch them in mythtv.  I've experimented a little 
> with mkv files and mplayer seems to handle some that xine won't.
> I'm running mythtv 0.20.1 and I'm sure the internal player in SVN is much 
> better than what I have.  xine just supports so many codecs and formats.
> I know you didn't specifically ask about DVDs, but I use xine for DVDs as 
> well as VIDEO_TS, iso, and img DVDs.  One big advantage of this is being 
> able to use the tvtime deinterlace post processing.  When I first started 
> watching DVDs in mythtv, I noticed that some DVDs had some pretty nasty 
> tearing issues especially during panning no matter what player I used.  
> After enabling post processing with the tvtime deinterlace plugin in xine, 
> all those issues went away and my DVD playback always looks simply amazing.  
> The command I have set up for DVD playback is:
> xine --post tvtime -pfhq dvd:/%d
> ...and for the file types VIDEO_TS, iso, and img:
> xine --post tvtime -pfhq dvd:/%s
> Then, in my /home/mythtv/.xine/config file I have:
> gui.post_plugins.deinterlace:tvtime:method=GreedyH
> ...which sets the deinterlace method to GreedyH and leaves all other options 
> at the defaults, which apparently are:
> cheap_mode=1,pulldown=0,use_progressive_frame_flag=1
> The only place I've seen those options documented thoroughly is in the gui 
> of gxine, which I find pretty odd.  Anyway...the DVD playback I get with 
> that output at 1080i to my TV (a Hitachi RC CRT) is noticably better than 
> any DVD player I've owned.
> Tom
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