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November 16th, 2009


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10:35 pm - Ack, more computer issues
Anyone who knows stuff about VLC players and Mac OS X, please come behind the cut and help me out.


So I downloaded a bittorrent of Waters of Mars. That was a new thing for me, but it seemed to go well (and I'm pleased with the speed of my connection). I have a large .mkv file sitting neatly on my hard drive.

I am running Mac OS X 10.4.11, with a 1.7 Gigahertz processor; the version of the VLC player I can support is 0.9.10 (not the latest one). The audio track plays beautifully, but the video track gave me only a black screen at first. I've now gotten it to give me random pixelated frames along with the audio. This was achieved by pushing cache latency as high as I can, including a manual setting recommended by someone on a support forum; I've also turned off the "skip frames" preference, but that seems to make no difference either way.

It's tantalizing, to hear the first minute of audio over and over, but only with ugly flashes of video. I want my Doctor!

Help?

Current Mood: frustratedfrustrated

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From:mosinging1986
Date:November 17th, 2009 07:16 am (UTC)
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Can you watch it from the link I posted?
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From:izhilzha
Date:November 17th, 2009 08:11 am (UTC)
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You posted a link? All I saw was the spoiler cuts, and I'm not goin' back there, no ma'am. :) There's a site streaming it, is that what it's to? (I refuse to watch it on YouTube--I'd rather wait for the BBCAmerica airing in a month if that's how it has to be. But hopefully I can get this torrent to play instead....)
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From:mosinging1986
Date:November 17th, 2009 05:16 pm (UTC)
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It's outside the cut, MegaVideo link:

The Waters of Mars

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From:izhilzha
Date:November 17th, 2009 10:41 pm (UTC)
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streaming stuff often doesn't work too well on this computer--it's oldish, even with the decent processor and our good connection speed. But if I can't figure this out I may try the link, thank you!
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From:mosinging1986
Date:November 17th, 2009 10:55 pm (UTC)
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Good luck!
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From:jhall1
Date:November 17th, 2009 07:06 pm (UTC)
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I use VLC on a PC under Windows, with a processor that's about the same speed as yours, where it works fine using its default settings. Indeed it seems to manage to play a few videos that other viewers won't. None of which helps you at all, unfortunately. :(
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From:izhilzha
Date:November 17th, 2009 10:42 pm (UTC)
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Yes, I have VLC because it will play almost anything, and it's always worked for me before this. :(
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From:jhall1
Date:November 18th, 2009 09:58 am (UTC)
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If it's always worked for you before, that strongly suggests that the file might be corrupt in some way. It might be worth seeing if you can find an alternative torrent to download.
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From:vertigozooropa
Date:November 18th, 2009 03:34 am (UTC)
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I don't even use VLC unless I'm watching an MKV file.

With a combination of Flip4Mac, Xvid Delegate, and DivX for Mac, I can watch nearly anything I've downloaded. Anything that doesn't work (save the aforementioned MKV's), I just process through FFMPEGX. And if even that doesn't work, I just use VLC, which is bug-ridden.

Here's where to find them:

http://dynamic.telestream.net/downloads/download-flip4macwmv.htm
http://www.xvidmovies.com/mac/
http://www.divx.com/en/products/software/mac/divx

Yay for Mac friends!
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From:izhilzha
Date:November 18th, 2009 04:46 am (UTC)
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*sigh* You're not actually being very helpful, here; I do NOT want to download a bunch of players, that's why I have VLC (which came highly recommended from multiple people), which will play all of the formats you specify in your comment, I think (I've certainly used it for Xvid and DivX and avi and others).

It is nice to have friends who use Macs. It's even nicer if they can help me find solutions that don't require installing a ton of stuff I will never use again. Oh well. I guess there really isn't going to be a good fix for this at all.
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From:vertigozooropa
Date:November 18th, 2009 05:29 am (UTC)
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Sarah.

I'm not saying you should install a bunch of players. I'll saying you should install Flip4Mac, a non-intrusive connecting utility which allows you to play Windows Media files in Quicktime, and Divx and Xvid, which are codecs. None of these is a player. (Okay, they come with players, but the point is, their main feature is to connect everything to Quicktime, which is a lot more stable than VLC)

All of these together will allow you to play video files in the player your computer comes with. The one that was made for it. The one that isn't riddled with glitches.

There really is going to be a good fix for this all. You just have to install three, well, patches, basically, and you won't even have to bother with VLC. You can even watch them using the Front Row feature, if you have an Apple Remote.
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From:izhilzha
Date:November 19th, 2009 07:00 am (UTC)
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I'm a new Mac user, so pardon me if I don't know all the terminology and what things do just by their names. I know Divx and Xvid are codecs, because I've tried downloading them before and been unable to do so, or at least unable to get them to interface with anything and play stuff when I had downloaded them (this was the frustration that led to me asking for recs and people telling me about VLC).

Can my OS support these items? (This has been a consistent problem for me, because this is a used laptop and it's too old to run anything newer than what I've got, which is Tiger.)

I don't have Apple Remote, and don't know what Front Row is. Never even heard of them, not that that means anything, since I am such a newbie. :)

Would it be easy to install these "patches"? Or do I need computer knowledge? (Will they install themselves? Or will I have to go find directions on the intenet?) I am not a programmer, my IT knowledge is very limited, and what I do have is mostly PC/Windows related (I've just begun to be able to look up stuff like memory usage on this computer, and I needed my manual and the Internet to tell me how to do it).
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From:vertigozooropa
Date:November 19th, 2009 07:13 am (UTC)
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It's really easy to install them. Two of them use install programs, and Xvid just needs to be unzipped and dragged into Macintosh HD/Library/Quicktime.

If you can't unzip, then download Stuffit Expander. It's something you'll need, anyways.

You won't need much expertise to install anything in Mac. Really, you just drag it into Applications to install it, and delete it from there to uninstall. Remarkable tidy for a computer, I think.

And Flip4Mac is free. I've been using it for three years, and haven't had to pay a dime. I think the premium version costs money.

As for Tiger, it's a fine operating system. I still have it on my iMac, and it runs everything quite well.
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From:izhilzha
Date:November 19th, 2009 07:17 am (UTC)
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I have StuffIt, it came with the computer. Maybe I'll try this sometime when I'm not so exhausted and frustrated. I really did try to install the codecs before and they just would not do anything at all. Is there some special place they're supposed to go, rather than Applications, etc?
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From:izhilzha
Date:November 19th, 2009 08:03 am (UTC)
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Hmmm. DivX 7 is not supported on PowerPC Macs, which is what I have. Guess I can try the previous version.
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From:izhilzha
Date:November 19th, 2009 07:07 am (UTC)
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Went to look at the download page of flip4mac, and it appears to be something one has to pay for (to "unlock" functions past 30 seconds of use?). Is that true, or are their page-writing skills just reeeeeally crap?
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From:vertigozooropa
Date:November 19th, 2009 07:15 am (UTC)
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No, that's only if you want to use it to convert files to different formats. If you're just playing AVI's in Quicktime, it doesn't bother you.

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