totem choppy playback while gstreamer is fluid

asked 2015-03-11 03:07:25 -0500

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I've installed fedora 21 and a bunch of codecs. When I try to play a Full HD video recoreded with my phone in H.264 the playback in Totem (Gnome Videos) is very choppy with lots of skipped frames.

At first I though this was because of the gstreamer codecs using too much CPU until I've tested running:

gst-launch-1.0 playbin uri=file:///home/me/some.mp4

and also

gst-launch-0.10 playbin uri=file:///home/me/some.mp4

I was amazed to see that the playbin plays everything quite smoothly and keeps the CPU under low load.

So I am assuming the issue here is not related to GStreamer but to Totem. Any ideas on what I can do to get better performance in terms of framerate?

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