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Windows 7: OK, whats the deal with VLC in Windows 7?!


19 Oct 2009   #1

Windows 7 RC1 Build 7100
 
 
OK, whats the deal with VLC in Windows 7?!

I've been looking for solutions to this problem and lurking these, and other, forums for a while hoping for a magic bullet but VLC still has worse playback than WMP12. I don't mind for most things but some files are stubborn or need to be played in VLC, when this happens I lose out on quality. Has anyone got a concrete answer for why this is happening and a solution now or on the horizon?

Picture is usually slightly pixellated, washed out and sometimes even choppy in VLC but plays fine in WMP12. I thought it would be best to visually represent the problem so here you go:



Has anyone got any ideas how I can fix this problem or should I find another player for those files which WMP can't handle?

Cheers,
Rhys


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19 Oct 2009   #2

ultimate 64 sp1
 
 

hi RhysG, and welcome to sevenforums, you'll like it here...

i used to use vlc for years and years, until i discovered kmplayer.

so far it's played everything i've thrown at it, including files that vlc baulked at.

you don't need to install any codecs, but can use external ones if you want.

give it a try!
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19 Oct 2009   #3

Windows 7 RC1 Build 7100
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by mickey megabyte View Post
hi RhysG, and welcome to sevenforums, you'll like it here...

i used to use vlc for years and years, until i discovered kmplayer.

so far it's played everything i've thrown at it, including files that vlc baulked at.

you don't need to install any codecs, but can use external ones if you want.

give it a try!
Hi Mickey, thanks for the headsup. I just checked KMPlayer out but the playback on that is even worse than VLC - pixellated all to hell! Thanks for the quick reply and input though (are there any settings I should use in KMP to fix pq?).
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19 Oct 2009   #4

ultimate 64 sp1
 
 

ok, try right-clicking in the main video window, options >> preferences >> video processing

i don't know how yours is set, but try either vmr9 renderless or enhanced video renderer

also have you got the latest drivers for your video card?

good luck!
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19 Oct 2009   #5

Windows 7 x64 OEM
 
 

When I used Windows XP SP2, VLC did that for me as well. I did a comparison with VLC vs MPC and i got results the same as in your screenshots. So I'm thinking it's just a problem with VLC.
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20 Oct 2009   #6

7600.20510 x86
 
 

Both samples don't look so great to me. It looks like a 1cd XviD rip. (Am I right?) The only reason you're complaining about VLC is because it is brighter, possibly sharper in the comparison and it's showing you the defects in the encode easier.

In the samples, VLC's brightness seems closer to what it should be than WMP.

Get a good rip or source material to justify comparison.

Try PowerDVD. You'll enjoy it. Or if you're looking to employ filtering (shaders) to lessen the block noise, try Media Player Home Cinema.
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20 Oct 2009   #7

Windows 7 SP1 x64
 
 

The solution is in the Video Equalizer
(Bring down the Brightness a bit and up the contrast a bit too)
and you should achieve the same effect
(The VLC image has a bit of a Sepia effect a bit to it)
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20 Oct 2009   #8

Dual boot, XP & Seven
 
 

I have the same problem with my new system (video card is ATI 4770) windows 7 Final OEM and I noticed that VLC is very pixelated and I try changing the Rendering output and it works with DirectX but I loose the AERO theme while the video is playing..

I read so many different opinion about this problem. Video driver (I have the latest one) software version (I have the latest one) windows 7 bug.. etc.. I have no clue.. so far i'm using the directX output rendering and it works but I still find the quality in XP better ! hopfully a true fix soon...
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21 Oct 2009   #9

ultimate 64 sp1
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Sp3kt3r View Post
I have the same problem with my new system (video card is ATI 4770) windows 7 Final OEM and I noticed that VLC is very pixelated and I try changing the Rendering output and it works with DirectX but I loose the AERO theme while the video is playing..

I read so many different opinion about this problem. Video driver (I have the latest one) software version (I have the latest one) windows 7 bug.. etc.. I have no clue.. so far i'm using the directX output rendering and it works but I still find the quality in XP better ! hopfully a true fix soon...
hi Sp3kt3r, and welcome to sevenforums,

try opengl output with vlc - you won't lose your aero....
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21 Oct 2009   #10

Dual boot, XP & Seven
 
 

Thx for the welcome

You are right.. OpenGL doesn't turn off Aero but with OpenGL my standard resolution DivX movie are worst than DirectX out. The best rendering it's with WMP12. I don't know which rendering output he use but for regular divX he beats everything.
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