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VLC probs
« on: August 13, 2013, 03:32:13 pm »
Hey Linux folks I am now having some probs with the streaming in VLC. Forgive my lack of knowledge and perhaps using innaccurate computer speak but I'll do my best to explain what's happening. My bro gave me a hardrive with vids on - some are in mp4 format some are mkv. The mkv are especially problematic- the images keep smudging into big pixel squares. The mp4s run ok except for when I want to scroll back or forward then the sound goes off. Do I need to re install VLC? Or can it be the vids themselves- my bro did them on his Mac. Thanks guys!

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Re: VLC probs
« Reply #1 on: August 13, 2013, 03:49:34 pm »
When you say a hardrive what exactly do you mean is this an external drive you plug into a USB port or do you have it installed inside your PC, if it's an external USB drive it might be worthwhile copying the movie files over to your PC and seeing how they run from a local source, I doubt re-installing VLC will make any difference but it might also be worth trying another media player just to see






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Re: VLC probs
« Reply #2 on: August 13, 2013, 03:53:36 pm »
When you say a hardrive what exactly do you mean is this an external drive you plug into a USB port or do you have it installed inside your PC, if it's an external USB drive it might be worthwhile copying the movie files over to your PC and seeing how they run from a local source, I doubt re-installing VLC will make any difference but it might also be worth trying another media player just to see
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Yes it's a portable one. I am keeping as little as possible on my netbook as it has very small disk space. I got it second hand and the Linux group guys found that the previous owner had taken out the original disk and replaced it with a very small one! At some point they are gonna put a new one in I got from a pc repair man I know. Maybe it is due to my small disk?
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« Reply #3 on: August 13, 2013, 03:59:14 pm »
I don't think it would be due to the small disc as you're running the files from their own disc space but do you have enough space on your HDD to copy over even 1 movie file you know is problematic just to test it ?

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Re: VLC probs
« Reply #4 on: August 13, 2013, 04:11:11 pm »
I don't think it would be due to the small disc as you're running the files from their own disc space but do you have enough space on your HDD to copy over even 1 movie file you know is problematic just to test it ?

I should imagine I would have enough space to copy one and test it Emegra. I'll try that and see how it runs...
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Re: VLC probs
« Reply #5 on: August 13, 2013, 04:14:15 pm »
Nope- says there is not enough space! I will just have to watch them all funny til I get to my next Linux meeting in September- those guys will know what to do- I think one has to look at the system to know what's exactly up. It was running fine at first! Might just be that I didn't install VLC properly- it had all sorts of files that came with it and I didn't really know which ones to install.
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Re: VLC probs
« Reply #6 on: August 13, 2013, 04:44:28 pm »
How big are these mp4's?

Try installing kplayer if you're on KDE or mplayer if you're on some Gnome thingy.
I've had occasions when VLC has not performed too well (on a fat box with loads of RAM etc). Kplayer (a front end to mplayer) has been an acceptable replacement.
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Re: VLC probs
« Reply #7 on: August 13, 2013, 04:52:29 pm »
How big are these mp4's?

Try installing kplayer if you're on KDE or mplayer if you're on some Gnome thingy.
I've had occasions when VLC has not performed too well (on a fat box with loads of RAM etc). Kplayer (a front end to mplayer) has been an acceptable replacement.

On one folder of the mkv files:

26 items, totalling 44.5 GB

I am not savvy on GBs so don't really know if that is a lot or not! I don't know what Gnome or KDE are either sorry- not up on systems. I will have a look at the package manager. I'm on Mint on a small dell netbook.
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« Reply #8 on: August 13, 2013, 04:57:10 pm »
I think salparadise is right it would definitely be worth trying another media player but you may already have one available if you click Menu/Sound & Video you'll see what media players you have installed if there's another one there try that.

I don't know what version of Mint you're running but I used to use Mint/Cinnamon and gave up on it because of glitchy video streaming from a remote location

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Re: VLC probs
« Reply #9 on: August 13, 2013, 05:15:01 pm »
I think salparadise is right it would definitely be worth trying another media player but you may already have one available if you click Menu/Sound & Video you'll see what media players you have installed if there's another one there try that.

I don't know what version of Mint you're running but I used to use Mint/Cinnamon and gave up on it because of glitchy video streaming from a remote location

I didn't have any except ones for music. I have upgraded VLC seems a little better, but I think it is the mkvs ( maybe they are better on Mac) that are at fault.  The mp4s play fine- the main prob there is scrolling- getting the sound to come back on.Anyhow, I  will ask the Linux group guys to look at it all next meeting. I have very little space on my system, so that might be the problem til the new hardrive is put in.
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Re: VLC probs
« Reply #10 on: August 13, 2013, 06:08:01 pm »
Before messing with other media players .. what happens if you copy the mp4 and mkv file to the local hard drive and attempt to play them in VLC ?
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Re: VLC probs
« Reply #11 on: August 13, 2013, 06:22:56 pm »
Before messing with other media players .. what happens if you copy the mp4 and mkv file to the local hard drive and attempt to play them in VLC ?

Can't do that Mark- not got enough disk space free on my netbook.
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« Reply #12 on: August 13, 2013, 06:34:11 pm »
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Can't do that Mark- not got enough disk space free on my netbook

Try clering up some space as your OS needs to breathe. :)
To see how much space you got:
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then see how much you cleared up:
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Re: VLC probs
« Reply #13 on: August 13, 2013, 06:37:38 pm »
Thanks- that's way over my head all that- wouldn't have a clue how or where to do that.  My computer qualifications are ECDL circa 2007 Microsoft system! The last Linux meeting I went to they cleared disk space and said it'll cope until I get the new hard disk installed.
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Re: VLC probs
« Reply #14 on: August 13, 2013, 06:44:12 pm »
Do you know how to open the Terminal in Mint?
If you do then just copy and paste each of those lines (waiting for the previous to finish first) and hit enter to run.

 


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