[mythtv-users] MythVideo internal player vs mplayer / xine

Rich West Rich.West at wesmo.com
Tue Mar 20 17:39:24 UTC 2007

With my current install of MythTV, we pull all of our DVD's off of a
central NFS server as ISO images and play them via MythVideo's internal

There's some nice features of MythVideo's internal player, such as the
ability to be "stretched" to fill the screen and its nice integration in
to the rest of MythTV.

However, since it has been installed (November '06), I've always noticed
that there is periodic hesitation and hiccups in the playback.  There
are a number of complaints like this in the archive as well, and a
number of responses suggested using mplayer (since it seems to
pre-buffer content) instead of the internal player.

Is this indeed the case?  98% of the DVD's we have on the home server
are just the movie itself (no menus or extras), so we really just need
the ability to pause, play, fast forward, reverse, skip forward/back
chapters, and fill the screen.    I'm just looking to smooth out the
playback, really..

The article at ExtremeTech
(http://www.extremetech.com/article2/0,1697,2055340,00.asp) got me
thinking about using mplayer over the internal player.. :)


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