XBMC installation on Ubuntu 8.10 (Intrepid Ibex) x86_64 + short review

[UPDATE] XMBC is now available as binary package for Ubuntu 8.10 (Intrepid Ibex). Add these lines to your /etc/apt/sources.list:

deb http://ppa.launchpad.net/team-xbmc-intrepid/ubuntu intrepid main
deb-src http://ppa.launchpad.net/team-xbmc-intrepid/ubuntu intrepid main

Perform an ‘apt-get update‘ before you install it via ‘apt-get install xbmc‘. If you intend to install XBMC manually (e.g. for development supporting reasons), go ahead reading. Continue reading “XBMC installation on Ubuntu 8.10 (Intrepid Ibex) x86_64 + short review”

A simple Linux DVD HOWTO in a command line

The Problem

You’ve got two .avi video files, and tovid didn’t work for you, but you need a DVD, because the person who wants to play this back only got an DVD-player.
Note:All the commands mentioned below are in the default Ubuntu Repo. I’m using Kubuntu 8.10 Intrepid Ibex right now, but it should work for every other Distro, too. If a command does not work for you, because it’s not installed, use on Debian-systems apt-get search application-name ( aka aptitude search application-name ) to install the missing application. Continue reading “A simple Linux DVD HOWTO in a command line”

Playback Problem with Canon HF100 AVCHD (.mts) and CoreAVC 1.8.5.0 (Linux)

I try to play back footage from Canon’s HF100 camcorder, which records with up to 17MBit/s. Here for I’m using CoreCodec’s latest CoreAVC decoder on Linux with coreavc-for-linux. Version 1.8.5.0 has been released on 17th of October 2008, and I was awaiting this version eagerly, since I had the expectation, AVCHD (.mts) is going to work with the new version. I’ve also started this little page to collect affected AVCHD camcorders in a list, where you see what is known not to work atm for CoreAVC Decoder. Help appreciated.
The day they’ve published their new decoder, they wrote into their changelog: Continue reading “Playback Problem with Canon HF100 AVCHD (.mts) and CoreAVC 1.8.5.0 (Linux)”

CoreAVC 1.8.5 on Ubuntu 8.10 x86_64 (Intrepid Ibex) HOWTO

This is small HOWTO about running the CoreAVC decoder (dshowserver) on a 64Bit Unbuntu 8.10 (Intrepid Ibex)
This should work for other 64bit Linux-Distros, like Debian, Fedora, SuSE, Gentoo, etc… also. With the CoreAVC decoder for Linux you should be able to play back H.264 content in FullHD (1920x1080p, VC1 is not supported). In comparison to the the native mplayer H.264 playback, only CoreAVC is able to utilize all cores of your CPU simultaneously at the moment. Please consider, NVIDIA has published a Beta driver (180.06, 180.08, 180.11), which allows already now a rudimentary hardware acceleration support for HD content (including VC1). Feedback welcome. Continue reading “CoreAVC 1.8.5 on Ubuntu 8.10 x86_64 (Intrepid Ibex) HOWTO”

Tearing with nVidia drivers and mplayer with "-vo xv"

Well, let’s start with the conclusion: setting XV_SYNC_TO_VBLANK has no effect, if a second monitor is attached.

But let’s start at the very beginning: What is tearing? Well, this is how Wikipedia defines it:

Screen tearing is a phenomenon in video where a previously rendered frame overlaps a newly rendered frame, creating a torn look as two parts of an object (such as a wall) don’t line up…

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Adobe Flash Player 10 and Hardware Acceleration for Linux

A buzz word is going around: hardware acceleration regarding Linux and GPU usage

Adobe has announced the finale release of its Flash Player. The Version 10.
It’s been said, it’s capable of using hardware acceleration under Linux, and that may be the truth actually. But – we are not talking about H.264 acceleration and we are talking about more limitation than only that: Read the blog of Kaourantin for more details. Or a more brief story here.
The statement, Linux won’t have hardware acceleraton for H.264 content in near future is as real as before.
But now I know at least why my fullscreen flash playback gave me 5 frames/sec. It’s because I’m using compiz. This is a no-go combination.