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Video lags severely in VLC - 1080p .mkv?

Asked by Spargett (5395points) October 30th, 2008

I have a 2.4ghz iMac with 4GB of RAM and ATI Radeon HD 2600 256MB, running the current versions of 10.5.5 and VLC 0.9.5.

When watching the Earth 2007 video (x264 codec) it lags really bad. This seems rather absurd. Considering the specs. Is there any sort of solution for this, maybe a higher buffer via VLC (less latency/more latency?). Is this normal? I’ve never had any issues playing HD content.

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bodyhead's avatar

The question would be where did you get the content? I’ve never had VLC lag on anything except for damaged video files. Then when VLC tries to fix them they come out worse then before.

Are you playing this straight from your hard drive or from a USB drive, or DVD drive or what? You’ll see the best performance off the hard drive.

jballou's avatar

VLC will choke on poorly encoded files. Try re-downloading the video.

Also- is the stuttering just in the beginning, then does it smooth out? That’s pretty common with 1080p playback

Spargett's avatar

Its on my hard drive. An 8GB file. I’ve tried letting it buffer but it consistently starts choking after a few seconds.

Based on your feedback, it must just be a bad rip.

wilhel1812's avatar

Well, MKV is a bad format and causes lag in a lot of situations. i’d stay away from it.
I know, i’m not really helping…

inola's avatar

I have the same problem with VLC, it lags on 1080p movies, I’m stuck using wmp till I can find a better player.

keizerpinguin's avatar

I changed from VLC player to Classic Media Player because of the lag. With Classic Media Player i have no lag at all, even at 1080p (MKV). Its a open source player and its free.

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