[MPlayer-users] How to identify missing video-codec?

Corey Hickey bugfood-ml at fatooh.org
Wed Apr 19 19:53:58 CEST 2006

Ivan Kowalenko wrote:
>> Ivan Kowalenko wrote:
>>> Playing a two and a half minute long trailer (Apple produced, H.264, 
>>> 480p at 2.35:1), MPlayer produced a lot of "Error while decoding frame!"
>> Do you have framedrop enabled in an mplayer config file somewhere?
> I enabled it in the command line. I've never had a wonderful experience 
> with H.264 on my laptop, in terms of decoding it, and I'd never used 
> MPlayer for H.264 playback, so I used it to be on the safe side.  I 
> guess if that's causing the problem, then problem solved!

If you're having performance problems with h.264 decoding (it needs a 
hefty CPU compared to other formats), try the skiploopfilter option. See 
the man page. For example:

$ mplayer file.mov -lavdopts skiploopfilter=nonref


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