Help!! Problem playing .mkv files with vlc.

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Found 6th Jul 2009
I have recently bought a netbook and downloaded Vlc media player to play my High def files in mkv format.

However when they play they are very jerky and sometimes very pixelated and blocky. I then tried to download the klite codec pack to see if that helped but still no joy.

I know other netbook users have no problems playing these files and found that this problem also happens on my desktop of a much better spec.

Anyone know what to do to solve this?
Any other media players that cope with mkv files better?

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A netbook doesn't have a CPU that is powerful enough. Simples.

An mkv isn't a single filetype - it's a container for HD video - some are much more CPU intensive than others.

My netbook struggles too. My C2D suffers on some 1080p mkv files...

Original Poster

ok thanks but like i said i have a q6600 cpu desktop with 4gb of ram and this is also jerky with 720p films in mkv format. Just seems strange that this is the case with such a good cpu and enough ram.

They work fine for me.
AMD Turion 64x2 2.1GHz
4GB RAM

I use VLC for every video playback, never found anything easier or better.

Not that that will help you one bit though!

Try using ]Media Player Classic. I really dislike VLC and MPC (with the K-Lite codec pack installed) has never given me any problems.

Also, the lack of video memory on netbooks is probably partly to blame for the jerkyness. Try transcoding the videos (use ]Handbrake) into a format (will probably result in you losing the "HD" quality) like mpg/wmv/mp4/etc and see if it runs smoother.

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oldmanhouse;5676452

Try using ]Media Player Classic. I really dislike VLC and MPC (with the … Try using ]Media Player Classic. I really dislike VLC and MPC (with the K-Lite codec pack installed) has never given me any problems.Also, the lack of video memory on netbooks is probably partly to blame for the jerkyness. Try transcoding the videos (use ]Handbrake) into a format (will probably result in you losing the "HD" quality) like mpg/wmv/mp4/etc and see if it runs smoother.



Thanks will give it a go when I get home.

I blame the files if it happens on different machines. Still don't think your netbook has much of a chance as no GPU and a very limited CPU

Original Poster

yeah seems strange but ive tried 10+ files and still the same problem.

Netbook CPU not powerful enough, and the Intel GMA graphics chip won't hardware accelerate most MKV files.

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mr.potato_head;5676411

ok thanks but like i said i have a q6600 cpu desktop with 4gb of ram and … ok thanks but like i said i have a q6600 cpu desktop with 4gb of ram and this is also jerky with 720p films in mkv format. Just seems strange that this is the case with such a good cpu and enough ram.


they are jerky on my e520 2.1ghz core 2 duo as I use onboard graphics. Its not just the cpu that needs to be fast.

Original Poster

would i be able to play them if i stream them from netbook to my ps3 through tversity or will this still provide a jerky picture!

i have 200mbps homeplugs but will streaming still be affected by the cpu rather than the transfer speed on the homeplugs.

If they are jerky on my PC will they also be jerky on my xbox360?

I've found a tutorial on how to stream them to it, but looks pretty complicated so i don't want to do it if it's just going to be jerky like it is on my PC, saying that it was fine before i installed Windows 7

More to the point why are you trying to run HD video on a netbook. So you are pushing the CPU and GPU to decode and then the GPU to resize. The more you processing you use the more battery you will use too. Best to re-encode them to 1024x576. Then you get a native picture that runs smooth on an atom based system running at 800Mhz.

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sancho1983;5677135

If they are jerky on my PC will they also be jerky on my xbox360? I've … If they are jerky on my PC will they also be jerky on my xbox360? I've found a tutorial on how to stream them to it, but looks pretty complicated so i don't want to do it if it's just going to be jerky like it is on my PC, saying that it was fine before i installed Windows 7




yeah im running windows 7 too! dont know if that effects anything though...pretty sure it doesnt.

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GAVINLEWISHUKD;5677139

More to the point why are you trying to run HD video on a netbook. So you … More to the point why are you trying to run HD video on a netbook. So you are pushing the CPU and GPU to decode and then the GPU to resize. The more you processing you use the more battery you will use too. Best to re-encode them to 1024x576. Then you get a native picture that runs smooth on an atom based system running at 800Mhz.




it wasnt the reason i bought it but would be nice to be able to play HD content on there...not that you really get the full benefit of HD on a screen of that resolution but can still see way more clarity.

Im not too bothered about running down battery life, a lot of the time i watch programmes on it its running from the mains power.

Just really want to know know if i can stream the content without it being jerky to my ps3?any ideas?

i know ps3 cant play mkv files but i have a way around that.

mr.potato_head;5677182

it wasnt the reason i bought it but would be nice to be able to play HD … it wasnt the reason i bought it but would be nice to be able to play HD content on there...not that you really get the full benefit of HD on a screen of that resolution but can still see way more clarity.Im not too bothered about running down battery life, a lot of the time i watch programmes on it its running from the mains power.Just really want to know know if i can stream the content without it being jerky to my ps3?any ideas? i know ps3 cant play mkv files but i have a way around that.



Well you wont get anymore clarity the 1080p will be down scaled to 1024x576 anyway. Just make sure you keep the bitrate high when you re-encode it.

Well you can stream the data from your netbook as data and let the ps3 decode and display it. But you may as well just run it off a ps3 anyway.

get KMplayer it will play anything you through at it including MKV files.

kmplayer.en.softonic.com/

Should stream to PS3 (but will have problems re-endoding on the fly)
Use 'PS3 Media Server"
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