Problems with totem (both -xine and -gstreamer) with pulseaudio (frame drops/popping audio)

sktsee sktsee at
Sat Jul 19 17:43:16 UTC 2008

On Sat, 19 Jul 2008 02:54:15 -0400, Michael R. Head wrote:

> I'm wondering if anyone else has seen this problem. I've seen it for a
> while now and had hoped it would silently disappear.
> I have a (large) number of xvid videos that I watch on a few machine
> running 8.04LTS with all the latest updates. When watching these videos
> with totem, using either -gstreamer or -xine, using pulseaudio for
> playback, I experience period frame drops (with totem-gstreamer) or
> audible pops (with totem-xine).
> It's almost as if the video stream and audio stream are slightly off and
> totem occasionally fixes this by either dropping a video frame or
> stopping the audio momentarily.
> I can workaround this problem a couple of ways: 1) use mplayer (with
> pulseaudio). This works perfectly, but I dislike mplayer's interface
> 2) killall pulseaudio, let alsa directly control the audio hardware,
> configure gstreamer to directly use alsa, and play the files with
> totem-gstreamer.
> Either way, no glitch. When I turn pulseaudio back on, switch gstreamer
> to use the pulseaudio backend, and play the files again, I lose frames
> again.
> I like pulseaudio and would prefer to keep it running, but this is
> really annoying. I haven't found any bug reports matching this, which is
> surprising to me because this bug affects me on a daily basis on
> multiple machines.

Here's a couple:


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