mplayer bktr playback performance

Marcin Simonides marcin at
Sun Jul 1 15:26:48 UTC 2007

I'm trying to use mplayer for TV playback using a bktr driver but it  
displays about 1 frame per second. I remember using it with the same  
card about two years ago and there were no problems.
CPU usage is low, even though it's not a fast computer. The video  
output uses Xv. I'm using FreeBSD 6.2-RELEASE with port versions from  
the time of release.

I'd like to know whether any of you are using mplayer successfully  
for TV playback?
I'd rather use mplayer because 1) some other programs had their own  
problems, 2) it's going to be a kiosk-like computer with mplayer  
being controlled through a fifo.

As far as I learned from googling, there are/were some problems and  
I've seen someone claim that mplayer 0.90 used to work fine.  
Unfortunately, this version (and 0.92 - the other pre-0.99 version in  
ports) doesn't compile because of ffmpeg incompatibilities (i.e. the  
source supplied with that version of mplayer doesn't build on 6.2- 
release and ffmpeg from ports is probably too new for mplayer 0.9[02]).

I'm afraid I won't be able to provide much more information for now  
because I'm away from the computer in question.

Please CC: me when replying, I'm not subscribed to the list.
Marcin Simonides

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