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zerosix
December 27th, 2009, 05:10 PM
in the beta there is none on my computer. it was just fine in the alpha. All of my videos are off, despite changing settings for audio clock sync, etc. I have messed with all of the settings. I have tried on several formats of videos, and they are all the same.

The media is streaming from my local ubuntu server, client is Mac OS X.

Probably going back to the alpha.

paragonconcept
December 28th, 2009, 02:33 AM
I'm having the same problem. The video starts out normal, and about a minute in the actors go into hyper drive. Audio plays @ 1x while video is at about 5x or 6x.

I just installed the Beta on Ubuntu 9.10

marcel
December 28th, 2009, 03:08 AM
what format are these files ? Can you post your boxee logs?

honestbleeps
December 28th, 2009, 03:37 AM
what format are these files ? Can you post your boxee logs?

I'm having this problem with 720p MKV files.. audio starts a good few seconds after video, and video plays choppy...

Log file is attached.

marcel
December 28th, 2009, 03:42 AM
this is a clean install of beta ?

honestbleeps
December 28th, 2009, 03:47 AM
this is a clean install of beta ?

Yes... I uninstalled the alpha and also deleted the folder just to be safe...

Did I need to delete anything else? I'd be happy to reinstall the beta deleting other stuff if need be. I'm running Win7 64-bit, if that helps tell you what other folders (appdata, etc?) I should clear out.

marcel
December 28th, 2009, 03:48 AM
please make sure you completely remove the alpha and then try again reinstalling the Beta

honestbleeps
December 28th, 2009, 03:51 AM
please make sure you completely remove the alpha and then try again reinstalling the Beta

I will try again... here's what I did last time:

1) Uninstalled Alpha from control panel (I checked the "also delete profile folder" box during uninstall)
2) Deleted C:\program files (x86)\Boxee just to be safe..
3) Installed Boxee Beta...

Are there other things I have to delete to completely remove it and start fresh?


EDIT: I just repeated the process above and I am still having the same problem. New boxee.log attached.

marcel
December 28th, 2009, 03:59 AM
try manually removing the BOXEE folder under c:\Users\<windows user name>\AppData\Roaming\

honestbleeps
December 28th, 2009, 04:04 AM
try manually removing the BOXEE folder under c:\Users\<windows user name>\AppData\Roaming\

I've done this, but one file remains and can't be deleted for some reason.. it's under BOXEE\userdata\cache\scrapers and it's called "am-Toad the Wet Sprocket-P.S" ...

I can't delete it no matter what I try.. strange...

No other files exist under this directory, though.. the install is otherwise clean...

marcel
December 28th, 2009, 04:53 AM
you still having the same issue ?

honestbleeps
December 28th, 2009, 04:57 AM
you still having the same issue ?

Yes I am.. I can't get the MKV to play well at all.. it's choppy/slow in Boxee (and latest XBMC, for that matter), but it plays perfectly in Media Player Classic - HomeCinema ...

In Boxee Beta, audio doesn't even start playing for about 5 seconds... Video frames are choppy.

In XBMC, audio/video are synced, but video frames are choppy...

In MPC-HC it plays perfectly...


UPDATE: A little more patience and experimentation provided a bit more info!

If I let the movie play for a short while (maybe 30 seconds?) the choppiness goes away, and audio syncs back up... It seems to be a problem just with starting up the movie..

Also, if I "jump forward" (right arrow key) to skip ahead a bit, choppiness returns briefly, then gets better again...

Seems at least if I can tolerate the rough startup of the MKV file, and I'm not seeking around, movies at least do play better!

Heratiki
December 28th, 2009, 07:24 AM
Sounds like your getting come caching errors... Next time you try and start one of your 720p MKV's try pausing the video for about 10 secs, so that the network can catch up... I've had this issue in the past with some of my MKV's but I'm thinking it's due to network load and caching... Granted this doesn't happen every time... And also remember your running a lot of info streamed over a 10/100 connection (right?) connection which isn't as fast as most people think... Compressed video takes time whether it's small or not... Try copying the files directly to the Mac and see if the same issue arises...

Heratiki

EDIT: The reason you don't get this issue with MPC-HC is because it buffers all content not found on the local drives...

graesen
December 28th, 2009, 10:33 AM
Been having the same problem with audio being out of sync too... These are SD res or lower avi files compressed with divx and on the local computer (not networked). any tips? I havent tried pausing then resuming yet as mentioned earlier. I never had an issue in alpha though.

honestbleeps
December 28th, 2009, 03:00 PM
Sounds like your getting come caching errors... Next time you try and start one of your 720p MKV's try pausing the video for about 10 secs, so that the network can catch up... I've had this issue in the past with some of my MKV's but I'm thinking it's due to network load and caching... Granted this doesn't happen every time... And also remember your running a lot of info streamed over a 10/100 connection (right?) connection which isn't as fast as most people think... Compressed video takes time whether it's small or not... Try copying the files directly to the Mac and see if the same issue arises...

Heratiki

EDIT: The reason you don't get this issue with MPC-HC is because it buffers all content not found on the local drives...

I appreciate the thought, but I've copied the MKV file locally and tested it, and the exact same audio/video sync / choppy playback issues exist - with the sound being delayed by exactly the same amount, etc.

After several seconds (15 to 20) things settle out and the video/audio play smoothly.. but any time I start a video, or seek ahead and resume, it's choppy/slow like this until it sort of "catches up"... Even if the file is local instead of on my NAS.

paragonconcept
December 29th, 2009, 12:19 AM
i read a previous post about uninstalling pulseaudio on ubuntu for jaunty.... i dont advise that for Karmic - its become very pulse audio centric, and at this point, ive managed to hose sound for the entire system (even after reinstalling pulseaudio). I'll be back with more info once i get audio back :(

Or if you have advice on howto restore pulseaudio for ubuntu 9.10 fire away :cool:

paragonconcept
December 29th, 2009, 01:02 AM
FYI i restored sound usng the guide here:
under - Getting the ALSA drivers from a *fresh* kernel

http://ubuntuforums.org/showthread.php?t=205449&highlight=pulseaudio


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In regards to the playack sync issues, its still occurring. In a couple tests, ive found its not on all videos. It seems to be struggling more with AVI files.

This is the specific one that has the most problems:
Kids In The Hall S04e15.avi

I havent seen it happen on mkvs..

zerosix
December 29th, 2009, 08:46 PM
i resolved my issue. I had the drop the resolution down to 640x480. Now all videos playing as they should.

PS> This was not limited to MKV with me. This was on ANY file. AVI, MPG, MP4, etc.

PPS> Running at 640x480 is **hardly** a solution.

pahtz
December 30th, 2009, 09:20 AM
With Vista, 3GHz Core 2 Duo, GeForce 8600GT, I also have audio sync problems even on SD content. But higher resolution and full screen content seems to have worse problems even with 20-25% CPU utilization.

I updated the NVidia drivers, uninstalled Boxee, removed the Roaming/Boxee directory, and installed the Beta.

greyfell
December 30th, 2009, 04:58 PM
I've done this, but one file remains and can't be deleted for some reason.. it's under BOXEE\userdata\cache\scrapers and it's called "am-Toad the Wet Sprocket-P.S" ...

I can't delete it no matter what I try.. strange...

No other files exist under this directory, though.. the install is otherwise clean...

open a CMD prompt in \scrapers. type dir /x to get the short DOS name for that file. type del *shortfilename*

doubt this will fix your overall problem, but it will fix that one. ;)

jameskirsop
January 1st, 2010, 09:43 PM
Yes I am.. I can't get the MKV to play well at all.. it's choppy/slow in Boxee (and latest XBMC, for that matter), but it plays perfectly in Media Player Classic - HomeCinema ...

In Boxee Beta, audio doesn't even start playing for about 5 seconds... Video frames are choppy.

In XBMC, audio/video are synced, but video frames are choppy...

In MPC-HC it plays perfectly...

I'm having a similar issue with playing back an m4v file that I've downloaded through iTunes (it's a podcast). The video will pause momentarily, but the audio will keep playing. When the video resumes, everything is out of sync. This is only happening for the videos that are downloaded from this source (that I've experienced so far, there could be other stuff on my network shares that are having this problem too, but I'm yet to come across any).

These particular videos are encoded in H.264 at 640x360 with AAC Stereo audio at 44.1kHz. They're all stored on a network share, but I can pull 720p video from the same server with no trouble at all.

Further, this is done with a clean install of Boxee on Karmic.

Any advice would be appreciated!

mdedmon
January 2nd, 2010, 05:01 PM
It's weird. I had the Ubuntu 9.04 installed running the Boxee latest beta and these files played fine. I was unhappy with the Ubuntu install and other issues, So I wiped the machine and installed Windows 7 64bit. The Beta is now running most things fine except for these .AVI files. Other .AVI files do work, so it must be related to the encoding. I've installed both the official and the beta version of the nvidia ION drivers for 64bit windows and that made no difference.

I'm wondering if it's a windows version vs. Linux version of Boxee... I haven't investigated to see how the files were encoded. I'll check when I get some more time.

Any ideas why this might be happening?

thecatwhisperer
January 3rd, 2010, 10:42 PM
I am having the same (or similar) issue. The first 10-20 seconds of any video are choppy, then smooths out, same happens on pause, Skip ahead/back. Worse if switch in & out of boxee.

Also: video is "poor" quality ... even on a very high bitrate 720p or 1080p file. (resolution is set at 1366x768, native of my sharp LCD). I can take & post screenshot (i think) if needed.. it looks like the video is being "squished" vertically. (jagged edges, especially on text) - only happens in video files.

Specs:

Windows 7 Pro x64
AMD X2 5200+
6gb ram
500gb hd
Gigabit Ethernet (connected via gigabit switched to WHS machine with gigagbit ethernet)
nVidia 8600GT 512mb - HDMI to LCD - 1366x768 (native) resolution
Realtek HD Audio (5.1, digital out)

jameskirsop
January 5th, 2010, 05:32 AM
It's weird. I had the Ubuntu 9.04 installed running the Boxee latest beta and these files played fine. I was unhappy with the Ubuntu install and other issues, So I wiped the machine and installed Windows 7 64bit. The Beta is now running most things fine except for these .AVI files. Other .AVI files do work, so it must be related to the encoding. I've installed both the official and the beta version of the nvidia ION drivers for 64bit windows and that made no difference.

I'm wondering if it's a windows version vs. Linux version of Boxee... I haven't investigated to see how the files were encoded. I'll check when I get some more time.

Any ideas why this might be happening?

No ideas as to why it might be happening, but as a point of interest, I can play the same video files that I'm having trouble with in VLC installed on my mac over my 802.11g wireless network from the same file server with no trouble at all.

I'm strongly thinking that there are some caching issues (perhaps especially with AVI files, as I'm now getting trouble with AVI files now also where it takes for ever to start playback and then pauses constantly throughout playback to attempt to catch up) in the latest builds of Boxee.