[mythtv-users] "Internal" player problems

Josh White jaw1959 at gmail.com
Mon Nov 12 19:11:56 UTC 2007

I have some xvid, and ffmpeg based .mp4, .avi, and .mov files I created
using handbrake for the most part.  There are some files I downloaded years
ago that I honestly have no idea what format they're in.  Sine mplayer can
play them and the internal player cannot, then I guess it's safe to assume
that the file format is the problem.

Can anyone point me to a list of supported formats/codecs? My library is not
that extensive, and as long as I don't have to transcode everything to some
obscure format, I'd be willing to do what it takes to make it work with the
internal player.  Is there any development taking place on the internal
player to make it support more formats?

Has anyone successfully used the internal player to play back DVDs?  Is my
non-functioning "internal" DVD playback the rule or the exception?

On Nov 12, 2007 2:00 PM, John Veness <John.Veness.myth at pelago.org.uk> wrote:

> Josh White wrote:
> > I hate to post a vague description of a problem, but I've had zero
> success
> > working with the internal player in mythvideo or mythdvd.  I'll do my
> best
> > to describe my problem below, but I do not have any command line output
> or
> > any logs to post.  I'm not really sure how to generate such information
> in
> > this case, so bear with me.  I am away from my machine for the next 10
> hours
> > or so, so if such information is required to solve this problem, it will
> > take me some time to gather it.
> >
> > I love the idea of using a player that is integrated with the rest of
> the
> > system, but it seems I can't on any of my systems.  I'm running on three
> > different machines, with two of them running Ubuntu and the latests
> version
> > of mythtv from the repositories (this would include my backend/frontend,
> and
> > a stand alone frontend), and I'm running a copy of mythbuntu on my main
> > frontend/secondary backend .  None of these machines seem to be able to
> use
> > the internal player for anything I try to use.
> >
> > When I try to watch a DVD, it seems to quickly load every title it
> should
> > load, like it will flash each preview for about a second, then the FBI
> > warning for a second, and then finally flash he main menu screen for a
> > second just before it closes.  If I switch the player to mplayer, it
> simply
> > works, though it only plays the main title, and then only if it's
> title#1.
> >
> > In mythvideo, when I use the internal player, all I get is a black
> screen,
> > and the only thing I can do to solve that is switch users and kill
> > mythfronend.  Again, switching the player to mplayer allows me to play
> the
> > movie, but it's not what I want.
> >
> > I've been searching the wiki for help, but the only mention I can find
> is to
> > either setup some external player (mplayer, xine, etc) or to "simply"
> use
> > the internal player.  I'd love to "simply" use the internal player, but
> I
> > can't seem to make it work.  Has anyone else experienced similar
> problems?
> > Am I doomed to using a different player for my files?
> >
> > As I said, I'm running on three different machines.  The only common
> links
> > between them all is they are all Ubuntu gutsy based, they all run Intel
> > processors (2 P4's and a Pentium D) and they all have nVidia cards.  My
> > various video cards include a Geforce 7900gt, a Geforce2 whatever, and a
> > Geforce FX5200.   The two newer cards are running the latest Ubuntu
> > supported proprietary drivers, and the Geforce2 is running the latest
> > version of the "legacy" driver from the standard Ubuntu repositories.
> >
> > I'd be happy to furnish anyone with any more details if I can.  Any
> hints
> > would be appreciated.  I have been unable to find a way to change any
> > settings or any configuration of any kind for the "Internal" player, and
> I'm
> > unaware if such a thing even exists (short of tweaking the source
> > code...something I am wholly unqualified to do).
> >
> > Any and all tips/hints/pointers/etc. would be appreciated.
> I haven't tried using the internal player for DVDs, but I use it for
> (downloaded/transcoded) videos. What video and audio format are the
> videos in, i.e. container and codecs? I believe the internal player can
> only play certain formats.
> Cheers,
> John
> --
> John Veness, MythTV user, UK, DVB-T
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