weird problem playing back m4v files in VLC version 2.0.1

Discussion in 'Amateur Video Production' started by sobriquet, May 25, 2012.

  1. sobriquet

    sobriquet Guest

    Recently I upgraded from VLC 1.x to 2.0.1 and since the update m4v files don't play back properly.

    Here is a screenshot to illustrate the issue:

    They used to play back fine in the older version of VLC. Does anyone know what causes this or how to resolve this issue?
    I've already tried reverting back to the default settings, but that didn't help.

    Kind regards and thanks in advance for any suggestions, Niek
    sobriquet, May 25, 2012
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    Mxsmanic Guest

    Did you have a specific reason for the "upgrade"?
    Try reinstalling the previous version, unless there's some reason why you must
    absolutely have the latest version. VLC is a great tool but rather buggy,
    which means that it is safest not to upgrade it unless you absolutely have to
    (or at least keep previous versions around, just in case).
    Mxsmanic, May 25, 2012
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    sobriquet Guest

    Well, the old version has some annoying traits. Like when you adjust
    the size of the window, it will reset it to the default size occasionally.
    Also, it seems that when I have it in the background with a video on pause
    and another browser window on top with video playing back, there are annoying
    jittering white pixels in the black regions of the video.
    I was hoping that the new version of vlc doesn't suffer from these drawbacks.

    Too bad you can't have them installed side by side (or at least it is eager to install the previous version when you upgrade to a new version).
    It's probably just these m4v files that the new version of vlc has issues with as I've been using the new version of vlc on a different computer and most other formats (avi, mov, mp4, etc..) seemed to play back ok.
    sobriquet, May 25, 2012
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    Mxsmanic Guest

    So has the new version fixed those bugs?
    How are m4v files encoded? I'm not familiar with the extension.
    Mxsmanic, May 25, 2012
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    sobriquet Guest

    Yep. And also additional things.. like being able to select items in the playlist and removing multiple selected items at once.
    sobriquet, May 25, 2012
  6. fwiw, vlc 2.0.1 also had trouble playing the avi files from
    my still camera. I'm going to call the problem "mosaicing".
    I installed the CCCP codec, which provided MPC Home Cinema,
    and in MPC-HC it plays just fine.

    It took vlc a long time to clear up the blue face problem,
    I remember.

    The ghostly presence of Mandelbrot ....
    Jonathan Berry, May 27, 2012
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    jim Guest

    On Sat, 26 May 2012 17:42:26 -0700, in,
    (Jonathan Berry), wrote
    Good description. I called it "pixelating" but mosaicing is probably a
    better term for it. Also, within the mosaiced areas it appears to drop to
    256 color -- but only for those areas. I almost never play .avi's in vlc.
    there are other players that handle avi's well. I use VLC for the more
    exotic wrappers.
    I understand MPC-HC is quite good -- for Windows seven. At least it does
    not play well at all with my XP. I do use MPC (Media Player Classic) with
    good results for all but subtitled movies. It seems to have a lighter
    footprint than VLC.

    jim, Jun 7, 2012
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