1080p Playback

Rashkae ubuntu at tigershaunt.com
Fri Jan 29 03:09:56 UTC 2010

James Bensley wrote:
> Hey List,
> Can anyone recommend a graphics card that can definitely play full
> 1080p video under Ubuntu. Currently I have a Palit GT 240 which can
> play 1080i at 20Mbps OK but above that and up it struggles. However
> 1080p at 10Mbps isn't watchable.
> Recommendations are welcome.

Getting hardware decoding on Graphics card is.... a fool's erand, I 
think... not even always reliable in Windows.

Assuming you have a multi-core cpu with that fancy graphics card, get ye 
to mplayer home page, and download the multi-threaded mplayer source 
they offer there.

First, sudo apt-get build dep mplayer mencoder

Then untar the source and ./configure and make

If you want to do things the right way, here you would build a debian 
package.  I, however, and lazy and simply copied the mplayer binary just 
compiled into /usr/bin  (replacing ubuntu's mplayer.)

then add the following to your /etc/mplayer/mplayer.conf file

vo=xv  (or vo=gl if you prefer on your system)
lavdopts = threads=2  (or 4 of you have a quad core)

use with smplayer or gnome-mplayer front ends.. enjoy your High def 
video on just near any video card.

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