[mythtv-users] alternate profile for Videos that won't play using VDPAU

Glen glen.hawksworth at bigpond.com
Wed Nov 9 05:07:12 UTC 2011

On Tue, 2011-11-08 at 16:38 -0500, Kris B. wrote:
> On Wednesday, November 09, 2011 7:18 AM, "Anthony Giggins"
> <seven at seven.dorksville.net> wrote:
> >         >
> >         > Only way i can really think of is to set up a custom
> >         script that
> >         >
> >         > 1. runs a mysql command line to change the playback
> >         settings
> >         > 2. runs the video via mythavtest %s
> >         > 3. runs a mysql script to change the playback settings
> >         back to your default.

hmmm... too hard for me at this stage
> >          
> >         
> >         ...or if this is a real bug, how about creating a bugreport
> >         and potentially get it fixed in the internal player, rather
> >         than ignoring the problem and implement some ugly workaround
> >         which doesn't benefit anyone but yourself?
> >         
> >         Of course, if these "downloaded videos" are illegal
> >         downloads, you're on your own. If not, create a small sample
> >         of the video, upload it somewhere and link it from the
> >         ticket.
> >         
> >         Best regards
> >         Kenni
> >         
I don't think it is a bug, at least not with the internal player. The
videos "can" play ok on the internal player just not on this box under
VDPAU. I guess it is a codec limitation of VDPAU. I haven't ascertained
the particular codec yet.
> >         
> >          
> > Or Re-encode them into a known working format/code/resolution
> > 
> > Cheers,
> > 
> > Anthony

This is what I was thinking about this morning. I was thinking about
re-encoding them for my ipod anyway.

> Sorry if this sounds simplistic, but couldn't you also just modify
> your Main Menu to launch gmplayer or VLC and then go to where the
> video is if you have a wonky video?  This way you wouldn't have to
> change your settings, but still be able to play (assuming it is some
> small average, like 1 out of 10) without having to log out of
> mythfrontend...
> Or, if your machine is fast enough for your videos, you can use an
> external player for mythvideo and not use vdpau for your settings
> ever.  Wouldn't be good if you are often playing large h264 files, but
> for anything else you would be set.
> --

I already tried to do this using the "Alternate Player" option but then
found that it does not work with "Storage Groups". That is what
initially prompted this email. The "Alternate Player" option was
attractive to me because you could press "I" and select a different
player if a specific video was not playing correctly.

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