[mythtv-users] Frontend crashes when playing AVC videos/recordings

Thomas Boehm mythtv-users at lists.boehmi.net
Wed Aug 31 13:07:52 UTC 2011

Robert Logan wrote:
> Yes - I can confirm, Im having the same issue. All video related 
> components are failing since I moved to my new backend (AMD). Compiled 
> the 0.24.1 and all ok save when, for example, a preview is generated on 
> the mythweb, or  a trancoding/flagging job fires up. As for 
> mythfrontend, anything video related dies unceremoniously. 'Good' to 
> hear its not just me pulling my thinning hair out. Libavcodec the culprit.

I don't have the problem with all videos, only with the TWIT podcasts.
Other podcasts, my DVD rips and my encoded TV shows (all in x264 too)
play fine. I looked with mediainfo what the difference between these
files are and found for instance this:

Format profile                   : Baseline at L3.0

I don't really know what that means, but now I grep the output from
mediainfo for all mp4 files in my recordings directory for
"Baseline at L3.0" and re-encode it with HandBrakeCLI after mythnettv
finished downloading. It seems to work so far, even with the High
Quality playback profile.

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