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Jumpy frames when using software DVD player

post #1 of 18
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Every time I play MPEG (1 and 2) videos on my PC regardless of the application/hardware, it jumps frames every few minutes. In Star Wars EpII (chapter 20) the camera pans while OB1 is walking in a glass corridor. The frame rate remains smooth then it jumps (skips) for about second and a half before returning to normal. For example, frame 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 7, 9, 11, 13, 15, 17, 18, 19, 20, 21, 22 etc).

It's very aggravating and sometimes it ruins the entire movie. I did however manage to keep the frame-rate smooth by enabling hardware acceleration but it pixilated the video (ATI X800 GTO).

I was wondering how you guys keep the frame-rate locked/smooth using software render method?

PS: The same phenomenon occurs with H.264, WMV-HD (VC-1) and other MPEG-4 formats when using software render method.
post #2 of 18
Is your dvd drive using pio or dma ?
post #3 of 18
Thread Starter 
DMA! The problem is, frame jumps persist regardless of the source. Would AVIVO combined with PowerDVD 7 address this issue?
post #4 of 18
Thread Starter 
Here's my system spec:

Motherboard: ASUS K8V SE Deluxe
Processor: AMD64 3200+ (754)
Memory: Corsair 1024MB CL2.5 400DDR RAM
Video Card: Sapphire X800GTO with AGP Bridge with Zaman GPU cooler (CCC v5.4)
Hard Drive: Maxtor SATA 7200RPM HDD
Optical Drive: LG DVD-ROM
Optical Drive: NEC-DVD Burner
Power Supply: 520W Corsair HX Series (CMPSU-520HXUK)
Case: AKASA Zen (Black) (AK-ZEN01-BK)
Sound Card: Creative X-Fi EM
Monitor: Sony SDM-HX73

I used to have WinDVD 6 but now I use PowerDVD 7 lol
post #5 of 18
Try Reclock.

Yes others will jump all over this, but it could also be caused by IRQ interupts. PCs are multi purpose machines where stand alone DVD players are single purpose. I set up all of my HTPCs as Standard PC when I install the OS, this gives me more control on the IRQ assignments.

If you are viewing the movie over a network, it might be the server. I was having random pauses, doubling the memory on the server cleared that up.

I use Zoom Player with ffdshow and reclock on a 2.4 GHz P4 (over cloced to 2.6). I can't use a lot of the options but no more studdering.
post #6 of 18
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thx for the reply jkaiser

This is a stand alone system but I did try to manage the IRQ by disabling several unused port on the mobo. Here are two screen shots (one , two ) of IRQ and Conflict from Systsm Information.
post #7 of 18
Your problem is the LG rom drive, it simply is not capable of pumping data out fast enough. I had stuttering playback and had the luxury of comparing with other highend systems until I determined it was my LG rom drive. The fastest drive I could find locally was an ASUS with ultra DMA interface.
Use Nero tools to check the data rate of the drive before you change it so you can compare. when I checked my asus drive it only reached 8x but is spec'd for 16x
I'm only running a Celeron 2.9GHz on a cheap Machspeed motherboard but with the ASUS drive and 1GB of DDR400 ram I get smooth playback with FFDShow processing.
Amazingly I never found any discussion regarding the DVD rom drive which I think is a key part of an HTPC.
post #8 of 18
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That's weird cos for me, the same stuttering occurs regardless of the source (HDD/DVD-Drive)
post #9 of 18
DVD by it's very nature is only one X.
post #10 of 18
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I would like to add that when playing DVD, the internet and NIS2006 are disabled. I also defrag the system every week and run scan disk once a month.
post #11 of 18
Years ago we were all using 4x or less with standard DVDs without problems. I personally use a Sony DVD-RW with this speed - nice and quiet (no lawn mower sounds).

The standard DVD specification is as follows...

The drive motor is precisely controlled to rotate between 200 and 500 rpm, depending on which track is being read.


This site states that the rotational speed of 4600 rpm (8X)


Computer DVD x factor is not for watching standard DVDs, it is for other computer purposes.

If you are having studdering, I would look elsewhere before blaming it on the DVD (unless of course it is defective).

HDD is naturally not the same as standard DVD. YYMV.
post #12 of 18
Thread Starter 
I don't blame my optical drives as they are new functioning correctly. It might be the IRQ or just the nature of PowerDVD and WinDVD.
post #13 of 18
Interesting comments on the DVD rom drives. The last system I tested was new Dell system with a Dual core CPU, 2gb of ram and the DVD rom had an SATA interface. When I tested using my reference DVD, it displayed the exact same stutter at the same scenes. The issue can be reproduced with any DVD that has scenes where a large amount of data is moving horizontally across the screen. In my case I could not get smooth playback until I installed a faster DVD rom drive.
post #14 of 18
Just for grins, try playing the DVD with the task manager window open to the processes or performance tabs active. In the processes tab, you might have to click on the CPU header to see what processes are grabbing the most cpu time. Obviously in the performance tab, if you hit 100% CPU usage, you will get a big stutter there as well.

As a last cause, some stuttering can be cause by layer changes on the DVD. In that case perhaps a faster DVD drive, or a DVD with more buffer space would over come. One thing to try, but it sounds that you might have already tried, is ripping the DVD to the Hard Drive. This would eliminate the layer changes.

As I stated previously, I use Reclock with ffdshow, using Zoom player and the Descaler Codecs on a 2.4 GHz P4. Not quite enough cpu for 3x resize for my 1080p TV, so I have to settle for 2x.
post #15 of 18
Thread Starter 
I went back to WinDVD6 and the stuttering has greatly been reduced. However, there some but I can live with it lol. The only downside with WinDVD is the dynamic rage of DD track is inferior to PowerDVD's.

Also, the AVIVO didn't help reducing stuttering when used with PowerDVD 7.

PS: De-interlacing is not very impotent as virtually all PAL DVD (Movies) are
virtually progressive in nature.
post #16 of 18
I would look into four things:
1. Disk activity - are you indexing, google desktop search or windows?
2. Graphics card - try a different card
3. Graphics card - upgrade the drivers
4. Defrag your swap space

post #17 of 18
Thread Starter 
When I watch DVDs, I disable the Ethernet, NIS 2006, MSN etc... I also defrag the HDD every week and run scan disk every month. Currently, the operating system is very stable and everything is up to date (accept service pack). All unnecessary ports are disabled and DMA is enabled on both optical drives.
post #18 of 18
Thread Starter 
How is the dynamic range (DD) on Zoom or TheaterTek?

PS:How is the new WinDVD 8 cos I've tried the previous version and its total mess?
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