No matter which software I try, it's almost impossible to get smooth playback of 1080p files (BluRay rips on MKV most of the time, but the source seems irrelevant; it happens with any 1080p material).
I'd say Total Theater 5 gives me the best results, but it force-switches my plasma to 60p, when it's capable of playing 24p material just fine. I can see the pulldown and don't like it
I can get perfect playback with a cheap bluray player. Why can't I get that with a powerful PC?
I'm using an Nvidia GT 430 with a Core 2 Duo E4600 (2,4 GHz) on Windows 7 32bit. I think this should be more than enough to play back any 1080p stream, but I still don't get completely smooth playback, no matter the source, at 24, 25, or 30 fps. CPU load when playing 1080p material is around 60-70%, with VLC, Windows Media Player, Windows Media Center, MPC-HT, anything.
I know I'm nitpicking. My wife will spot the flaws only if I tell her to look for them, but I can perfectly see dropped frames on slow camera movements that aren't there when played by the cheap bluray player. Is that to be expected? I was under the impression that Nvidia cards could decode and play 1080p better than standalone players. Am I wrong?
Will it make a difference if I try Linux and its players?
I'll appreciate all opinions.