Performance requirements inherent in streaming mpeg2

Christophe Massiot massiot at
Tue May 22 17:56:33 CEST 2001

On Tue, May 22, 2001, Chris Worley wrote:

> Is their a problem inherent to streaming (vs. file oriented) mpeg2 that makes it 
> difficult to drop frames when trying to playback in realtime?


> Vlc will play from a file, and drop frames as necessary, but won't use stdin. 

VLC will use stdin if you give "-" as filename.

> Vlc has a streaming network interface (driven by vlms or vls).  When I use the 
> network interface, vlc acts like mpeg2dec: plays slowly, won't drop frames.

That is not normal. However a P200MMX is reaally sloooow.

> But, given that both programs have this "problem", it seems that there might be 
> an inability to drop frames that is inherent to streaming (vs. file oriented) 
> mpeg2.  Is this correct?  If so, what's the problem?


Christophe Massiot.

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