Category Archives: video playback

Workstation tweaks

In workstations, file indexing is not always what you want…

Disable in OS X:

launchctl unload -w /System/Library/LaunchDaemons/

Win 7

-> services.msc -> Windows Search Service -> stop + disable

Win 7, other special tweaks for special cases

  • system protection: off
  • powercfg /hibernate off
  • Pagfile.sys (manually set size & place)

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.