Release Panplayer Beta 1


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So i guess now with the addition of this software along with the others that it's safe to say just about any encoded Divx, Xvid or Mp4 video should be completely playable? I'm not going to be using 720P video's but I'm about to get ready to test out what way I want to encode for the Pandora. Is there anything I should avoid encoding with settings wise? I usually encode things in a manner that saves the most amount of space while allowing for good playback. So now the H.264 may become more attractive than Divx to me (although Divx would remain compatible on my DVD player and other devices)


Should I assume now since most of my encodings won't be of either a really high resolution or bandwidth all will be OK no matter which format I choose? Or is there something I need to watch out for?

It's recommended to use something like xvid or theora to encode with, it might take more space, but, it will play back much smoother and need much less resources to play. x/h264 does have nice savings with regards to quality, but if you want a good experience with playback, it's best to use xvid, mostly all the files that I threw at it played back fine that were encoded with this. Just my personal recommendation, anyway.


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it'd be be awesome to have on screen buttons/boxes like shuffle, fullscreen, aspect, cropping etc, so that you could enable before playing your files or playlist


i prefer command line the most because i can set my specific parameters


something like:


screen: windowed/fullscreen


aspect: wide, letterbox, pandora native


shuffle: yes,no


etc


also option to play x extension like *.flv or *.wmv or selected files

Yeah, I mentioned the playlist/multiple files thing to pickle, unfortunately he wanted to make picklelauncher mostly focused on being an application launcher, not a media browser. And it is possible to do arguments thrown to the script, only reason it isn't currently enabled was because there had been some problems with doing it stably, the latest builds of picklelauncher mostly fix that, unfortunately how it works is it's per file, so you'll have to do it for each file, there isn't a way to say do a global option. At least that I could find, anyway, though I did mention it to pickle. And you can already modify a lot of settings by editing the mpconfig.conf file, there aren't really too many options that are actually passed to mplayer by the script. Mostly it's just things like fullscreen if you are using omapfb, or which video output to use, that kind of thing. Though I guess I could add some options for aspect and the like for aspect ratio or fullscreen or whatever. Though I find it easier to add something to change the aspect ratio to the mpinput.conf file, so I can just have a key that I press to select the right option, but that's just me. :)


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So i guess now with the addition of this software along with the others that it's safe to say just about any encoded Divx, Xvid or Mp4 video should be completely playable? I'm not going to be using 720P video's but I'm about to get ready to test out what way I want to encode for the Pandora. Is there anything I should avoid encoding with settings wise? I usually encode things in a manner that saves the most amount of space while allowing for good playback. So now the H.264 may become more attractive than Divx to me (although Divx would remain compatible on my DVD player and other devices)


Should I assume now since most of my encodings won't be of either a really high resolution or bandwidth all will be OK no matter which format I choose? Or is there something I need to watch out for?

It's recommended to use something like xvid or theora to encode with, it might take more space, but, it will play back much smoother and need much less resources to play. x/h264 does have nice savings with regards to quality, but if you want a good experience with playback, it's best to use xvid, mostly all the files that I threw at it played back fine that were encoded with this. Just my personal recommendation, anyway.


JDGBOLT

Thanks, foe personal encoding I do prefer Divx/Xvid, However I do have some small H.264's (Mainly Ipod encodes from long ago when I actually owned one) you are saying these will still have issues with playback? (most are 320x240 and I have one that is about 600x400) and they usually never exceed around 768Kbps if that helps.
 

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So i guess now with the addition of this software along with the others that it's safe to say just about any encoded Divx, Xvid or Mp4 video should be completely playable? I'm not going to be using 720P video's but I'm about to get ready to test out what way I want to encode for the Pandora. Is there anything I should avoid encoding with settings wise? I usually encode things in a manner that saves the most amount of space while allowing for good playback. So now the H.264 may become more attractive than Divx to me (although Divx would remain compatible on my DVD player and other devices)


Should I assume now since most of my encodings won't be of either a really high resolution or bandwidth all will be OK no matter which format I choose? Or is there something I need to watch out for?

It's recommended to use something like xvid or theora to encode with, it might take more space, but, it will play back much smoother and need much less resources to play. x/h264 does have nice savings with regards to quality, but if you want a good experience with playback, it's best to use xvid, mostly all the files that I threw at it played back fine that were encoded with this. Just my personal recommendation, anyway.


JDGBOLT

Thanks, foe personal encoding I do prefer Divx/Xvid, However I do have some small H.264's (Mainly Ipod encodes from long ago when I actually owned one) you are saying these will still have issues with playback? (most are 320x240 and I have one that is about 600x400) and they usually never exceed around 768Kbps if that helps.
Nah, they should work mostly fine, a few hiccups here and there, for the best experience I recommend xvid. SD h264 files should play just fine, though you may need to overclock a bit to get it to be perfectly smooth. Just if you are actually ripping stuff or whatever, I recommend xvid as it'll just have a better experience with it overall, but h264 will work. :)


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Yep, should certainly be possible to disable the screensaver, mplayer even has an option for it, it's just not enabled in mpconfig.conf at the moment, forgot about that setting. Blinking LED's, not too sure, might be possible in the script, only problem being that it'll likely need root access to actually change the parameters in I am guessing the /sys filesystem. Unfortunately the vsync and double buffering commands are on, not too sure how to actually get it to use it, or if it is using it. Might have something to do with the optimizations that I did to make sure video plays smoothly on the pandora, namely the lavdopts line, you can try commenting that out in the appdata folder and seeing if that fixes it. I also tested it primarily with anime, and it definitely is noticeable, I just focused my efforts on getting the thing working and without really noticeable stuttering. And sorry I haven't really been active for the past few days, had to take a break, as doing this was pretty much like 4 full 12-16 hour days to get everything working correctly, testing, etc... :)


JDGBOLT

I commented the lavdopts line, but it had no visible effect. I also tried to change the values of vsync and double buffer, just in case, but no change either. I guess this is something a bit more tricky.


Anyway, thank you for your replies, and for your hard work on this great project!
 

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@JDGBOLT : Many thanks for all you hard work with this. It is a huge improvement on the default player that comes with the codec pack. You've really helped make the Pandora a little more awesome.


Thanks also go to Pickle & ED for the launcher and the PND.


I'm not sure exactly how these things work, but to me it would make sense to make this the official Pandora Video player, especially if some kind of front end with dedicated touch screen media controls (Play, Pause, etc.) could be added.
 

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Thanks a bunch for this jdgbolt.It works nicely.Perhaps a few on screen touch controls would be nice too.Anyhow thanks.
 

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Alright, got around to toying around with this, and I -think- I found a bug, and a conflict with the community codec pack.


On a fresh install of HF5 RC2, it played all my files I tossed at it fine except 720p+ h264 (as expected). Those would open, but they would go far too slow (~5fps at 1050mhz). I wanted to compare performance to the "Community Codec Pack" so I installed that to test the same files. After I got more or less the same results, I went back to Panplayer to try playing back those same 720p h264 files - now they won't even open after installing the codec pack, it instantly returns back to Panplayer. Not a big deal, since the files that will actually play fine (ie: 1024x576p h264) still open. This stayed the same after a reboot, leading me to think that the codec pack caused the issue.


Another thing I noticed in a fit of trying to load these choppy 720p files (as well as trying to "feel" my way around the interface since I didn't bother reading what buttons do what), after mashing open on a couple files I managed to open one in the background so it was playing, but Panplayer was still in the focus. I could hear the file playing in the background but couldn't actually see it, and closing Panplayer also closed the background file.
 
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Friggan love it!


Question though. If I wanted to launch PanPlayer through Thunar (by clicking on my video file, say), what would the best way to do that?


I know you can assign pnd_run.sh to launch pnd files, but I'm not sure what .sh file you are using for just mplayer. As far as I can tell runme.sh is for Picklelauncher.


Even if I do get the right .sh file, will it retain all of the settings so meticulously crafted?
 

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Just tested the PND version, this is really great! Thanks a lot!


I have a question: is it possible to force aspect ratio? I tried the W and E keys to adjust pan scan, but I generally obtain garbage on screen (tested on 2 videos with differents aspect ratios, but I always get corrupt display). Is mplayer capable of switching between various forced aspect ratios?
Yep, it is possible. You have to add a line to mpinput.conf that is in the appdata directory that would look something like this:


a switch_ratio 1.6


This for example would switch the aspect ratio to being 16:10 by pressing the a key, 4:3 would be say 1.33333333, etc...


JDGBOLT
THIS is what ive been searching for, thank you. btw can we put this up on repo sometime?


also, if aspect ratio 16:10 is 1.6, and 4:3 is 1.33333333, what would 16:9 be?


sorry for the gravedig
 
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Just tested the PND version, this is really great! Thanks a lot!


I have a question: is it possible to force aspect ratio? I tried the W and E keys to adjust pan scan, but I generally obtain garbage on screen (tested on 2 videos with differents aspect ratios, but I always get corrupt display). Is mplayer capable of switching between various forced aspect ratios?
Yep, it is possible. You have to add a line to mpinput.conf that is in the appdata directory that would look something like this:


a switch_ratio 1.6


This for example would switch the aspect ratio to being 16:10 by pressing the a key, 4:3 would be say 1.33333333, etc...


JDGBOLT
THIS is what ive been searching for, thank you. btw can we put this up on repo sometime?


also, if aspect ratio 16:10 is 1.6, and 4:3 is 1.33333333, what would 16:9 be?


sorry for the gravedig
its a straight up divide. 16/10=1.6, 4/3=1.3333 16/9=1.77777777 :)
 

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i get the black screen of pain when i try to play my iphone 4 formated videos which means 55g of my library :(
 

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This concerns PanPlayer Beta4, published on 2011-02-24 at http://apps.openpandora.org


Bug report: Pressing the Pandora-Button (=META) while being in PickleLauncher mode quits the program as expected if it has been launched from MiniMenu, but not if it was launched through XFCE.


Feature request: While active playback, PanPlayer should prevent the OS from sleeping the display. Having the need to create an input event (nub, key press, etc) about every 15min during a 120min video is a little annoying.
 

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^ re: your feature request. I doubt Panplayer can override the screenblanking of the OS but you can disable it yourself and ED is adding an option to turn that behaviour on/off in the LCD settings in the next beta2 of HF6.


Disable it manually


http://boards.openpandora.org/index.php?/topic/5320-zaxxon-hotfix-6-beta-1-released/page__view__findpost__p__93384


ED's cunning plan


http://boards.openpandora.org/index.php?/topic/5320-zaxxon-hotfix-6-beta-1-released/page__view__findpost__p__93732


Fusion_Powers alternative manual fix (if we bug him for his autostart script ;) )


http://boards.openpandora.org/index.php?/topic/5320-zaxxon-hotfix-6-beta-1-released/page__view__findpost__p__93800
 
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re: your feature request. I doubt Panplayer can override the screenblanking of the OS but you can disable it yourself and ED is adding an option to turn that behaviour on/off in the LCD settings in the next beta2 of HF6.

First thanks for your efforts towards a solution! But yet these suggestions are not satisfying.


1) I don't want to disable screen blanking globally, as it generally makes sense to me!


2) Except some specific applications a) such as video players (i.e. PanPlayer) should prevent screen blanking while they run actively, and B) permanently running network applications/services (i.e. Transmission) should be able to prevent system sleep (i.e. the Mac OS X version can do this, haven't tested the Pandora version yet). Therefore the solution has to lie on the side of the applications, which require a permanent screen or system on-state.


Either by setting a special "no-sleeping-now" flag in the OS, if such a thing exists on the Pandora OS, or by triggering a faked/scripted user interaction every X minutes, such as move mouse 1 pixel left and again 1 pixel right for preventing screen blanking (case A), or any CPU activity to prevent total system sleep (case B) .
 
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