is there a good alternative to totem?

Tristan Wibberley maihem at
Sun Mar 12 17:15:54 UTC 2006

Michael R. Head wrote:
> On Sun, 2006-03-12 at 11:54 +0000, Tristan Wibberley wrote:
>> Michael R. Head wrote:
>>> I play DVDs (and many divx-encoded videos) on my fiance's P3-900 laptop
>>> without major issues using totem-xine.
>> I used to play DVDs on a PII-400 with mplayer using the tdfx x-server on 
>> a 3dfx voodoo 3000 (and it pleased me that none of the usual Windows 
>> players could cope on that CPU). I don't think gstreamer can manage 
>> that, though. Unless it got better in 0.10 from the perspective of 
>> framing overheads.
> gstreamer's definitely better with 0.10. So much so that I've switched
> over to totem-gstreamer on my dapper boxes and haven't looked back. I've
> let to upgrade my fiance's laptop to dapper, though. She may stay with
> totem-xine...

I've just checked, totem with gstreamer 0.10 is just marginally more CPU 
intensive than mplayer playing the same DVD. I get mplayer using approx 
1% less CPU while also decoding audio - gstreamer isn't decoding ac3 in 
Dapper ATM. I must remember to report a bug.

They both use *far* too much CPU with the open source nv video driver 
under xorg. Both are displaying with XV.

Tristan Wibberley

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