[MPlayer-users] how does framedropping work?

Dominik 'Rathann' Mierzejewski dominik at rangers.eu.org
Tue Aug 23 23:53:16 CEST 2005

On Tuesday, 23 August 2005 at 20:39, bond wrote:
> i tried to find out whats the maximum complex avc/h.264 stream at a
> resolution of 720x288 25fps i can play in realtime + he-aac audio on my
> pentium3 866mhz pc
> therefore i wanted to disable the framedropping feature, which can be used
> for keeping a/v sync, in mplayer
> the problem is i dont seem to be able to do so
> still i always get an increasing number of dropped frames
> now the question: what am i doing wrong? or is it simply not possible to
> force mplayer to not drop a frame?

AFAICT no frames are actually dropped in this case. It's a feature, albeit
undocumented, that some developers use to estimate if they need to enable
framedropping or not. A patch has been posted to -dev-eng that makes
MPlayer behave just like you'd expect it to behave. We'll see if it's


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