Which video players are known to be usable or not to be usable on Toshiba AC100 (in Ubuntu 12.04)?

Asked by Ivan Zakharyaschev on 2012-08-26

I have noticed that there are usually problems with the playback of videos in the default movie player in Ubuntu 12.04 for Toshiba AC100.

So, one should know which players to use in such a system, and which players have problems. In order not to waste one's efforts and time trying various available video players.

There are also special hard cases for video players I've encountered:

* playing MP4 -- http://askubuntu.com/q/180540/19753

* playing a DVD stored in a directory -- http://askubuntu.com/q/180553/19753

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Ivan Zakharyaschev (imz) said : #1

In general,

* the default movie player (totem) doesn't play all videos very well: it can get stuck or some other problems (video is skipped, or audio is echoed).

* vlc can't show anything at all (it has to be killed afterwards: killall vlc)

* gnome-mplayer seemed more stable in how it works, but it can hang (get stuck) unexpectedly. Then I could restart it (after, perhaps, killing the mplayer process)

* another frontend to MPlayer, smplayer, works even better than gnome-mplayer: it never gets stuck (but the playback of MP4 is horrible: the video is delayed more and more, the audio goes faster than the video -- http://askubuntu.com/a/180541/19753 )

This is true for the default settings of smplayer; after I tweaked them, it stopped working (crashes). But it still works under another user with untouched settings.

* gxine was best for MP4 playback (no problems at all!) -- http://askubuntu.com/a/180541/19753; but I haven't tested it much, and it seems it started to crash on startup for me for some unknown reason, and it causes the panels on the desktop crash, too, which is not nice. (Although it used to be not like this a week ago...)

So, I'd recommend smplayer or gxine.

As for the specific task of opening a DVD stored in a directory, smplayer works fine -- http://askubuntu.com/a/180554/19753 .