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Video on Replicant phones?

Added by Tom Lukeywood over 4 years ago

its possible for a Gameboy color to play video at a decent quality:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=c5HfmaDCVsY

so even without a GPU is it not realistic for Replicant to play video files with free software?

and i have seen a video of replicant running and playing videos fine:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RX82UbLe6Ak

the weird thing is i can play video on the phones using a game boy advanced emulator:
http://92.19.232.58:82/files/IMG_5755-221943-11112015.ogg
so i know its possible to play video on the phones

why is it that Replicant 4.2 can not play video files?


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RE: Video on Replicant phones? - Added by My Self over 4 years ago

Have you seen this post: http://redmine.replicant.us/boards/9/topics/8163?r=9033#message-9033
With VLC I got a very smooth playback with videos <= 540p on my i9100 @ Replicant 4.2...

RE: Video on Replicant phones? - Added by Tom Lukeywood over 4 years ago

How did you do it?

is it possible without blobs?

RE: Video on Replicant phones? - Added by My Self over 4 years ago

How did you do it?

I just installed the VLC media player from the F-Droid link above (in the armeabi-v7a version).
Additionally I switched Settings -> Performance -> Force video chroma -> from YUV [_] to RGB 32-bit [X] to avoid wrong colors and/or artifacts in some videos on my device.

is it possible without blobs?

Well, I just can say that F-Droid generally doesn't allow blobs and don't give any optional non-free hint for this app, too.
So I personally would say yes, (but don't have researched/proved this in detail).

RE: Video on Replicant phones? - Added by Tom Lukeywood over 4 years ago

i cant find the setting Force video chroma
what Replicant version are you running?

RE: Video on Replicant phones? - Added by My Self over 4 years ago

i cant find the setting Force video chroma

Sorry to be unclear on this point. The settings can't be found within the Replicant settings; I meant the settings inside the VLC-app.
Just open VLC, click on the symbol on the left upper corner -> Settings -> Performance -> Force video chroma...
But this step is optional. Please try if you notice problems on playing videos on your device, too before you switch this setting.

RE: Video on Replicant phones? - Added by Tom Lukeywood over 4 years ago

It works!
Thanks loads!

RE: Video on Replicant phones? - Added by Tom Lukeywood over 4 years ago

sorry to keep asking questions

but is there any way you could record video using Replicant
or is this not yet possible?

RE: Video on Replicant phones? - Added by My Self over 4 years ago

sorry to keep asking questions

Please just go ahead, I think a forum is made for that reason シ

but is there any way you could record video using Replicant
or is this not yet possible?

Well, it seems to be a little bit harder to get this to work on Replicant.
You could find the core answer here:

If you want to use proprietary software, this patch (for the i9300) looks promising:
http://lists.osuosl.org/pipermail/replicant/Week-of-Mon-20150921/000804.html
(please also look at the 'next messages' from this mailing-list-thread).
If you have another hardware, you or somebody else could try to port this patch to your hardware.

Again, I fear there is no instant solution for video encoding on Replicant, sorry.

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