Monthly Archives: April 2012

VLC settings

(Checked with VLC 2.0.1 for Mac, 2012-04)

HD 1080p playback problem

On a lower end machine, loose visual quality but get rid of lagging & skipping! Change…

Preferences >> Show All >> Input/Codecs >> Video Codecs >> FFmepg >> Allow speed tricks >> Skip the loop filter for H.264 decoding >>

…from “None” to “Non-ref” and restart VLC player. If the video still doesn’t play smoothly, then change the settings to “All

Slow start up time problem

Preferences >> Show All >> Video >> Subtitles/OSD >> On Screen Display Text rendering module

Change from “Default” to “Dummy

Caching time value settings moved in VLC 2 !

Greater value should be more robust but makes manual skips to a new point in the file slower. Change

Preferences >> Show All >> Input / Codecs >> (scroll long way down, don’t click on the submenus on the left) >>

Then use the sliders to adjust the caching of Live capture, Disc or Network.

Update your OS X Java now

There is a nasty trojan out there. Update your OS X Java now with Software Update (Lion & Leopard)

or disable the Java browser plugin for good (all older variants) with the /Applications/Utilities/Terminal command

sudo rm -rf /Library/Internet\ Plug-Ins/JavaAppletPlugin.plugin

For admins: Check remotely with ssh or Apple Remote Desktop

for i in Safari Firefox FirefoxAurora SeaMonkey Opera Google\ Chrome; do if ( defaults read "/Applications/${i}.app/Contents/Info" DYLD_INSERT_LIBRARIES ); then
echo TARKASTA; fi; done

See also

Installed Java version?

grep -1 VersionString /System/Library/Java/JavaVirtualMachines/1.6.0.jdk/Contents/Info.plist | tail -1 | sed -E 's,^.*>(.*)<.*$,\1,'

2012-04-15: After the 2nd update and should be 13.7.2 for Snow Leopard or 14.2.2 for Lion

2012-04-16: The update really is important as new variants using the same vulnerability emerge.