From: Paul Kelly (longword at domain esatclear.ie)
Date: Mon 03 Jul 2000 - 13:39:01 IST
Paul Mc Auley wrote:
> | I know this has come up before, but the archives don't seem to have
> | a huge amount on pure software (no hardware cards involved) DVD
> | playback..
> I had a go at it over the weekend. They quite explicitly say that there's
> no stable version, and I believe them. I followed the instructions and was
> eventually able to play "The World is Not Enough" with a *lot* of skipping
> (i.e. every second or so).
Are you using XFree86 4? That makes a HUGE difference on many video
cards. Through the XVideo extension it supports hardware colourspace
conversion and scaling. I can't get full speed DVD playback - and the
last time I looked OMS was in bits and barely worked at all even after
an hour of hacking trying to make it compile. However I can get full
speed video playback streamed straight from the disc when using csscat
and mpeg2dec directly. This is with XFree86 4.0, a TNT card, and a
450MHz Celeron (overclocked 300A). ac3dec puts a fair bit of strain on
the CPU so the frame rate drops to about 60% if both it and mpeg2dec are
I've also been toying with the nascent DXR3/H+ driver. I can't get much
out of it yet, but at least it loads and something vaguely approaching a
video signal appears on my TV out.
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