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The answer to this question should help one to choose the player to run in Ubuntu 12.04 on Toshiba AC100 (ARM) if one wants to play an MP4 video, like the follwing video:

~ $ mediainfo The\ Last\ Airbender\[iPod\].mp4 
General
Complete name                            : The Last Airbender[iPod].mp4
Format                                   : MPEG-4
Format profile                           : Base Media
Codec ID                                 : isom
File size                                : 476 MiB
Duration                                 : 1h 43mn
Overall bit rate mode                    : Variable
Overall bit rate                         : 645 Kbps
Movie name                               : Повелитель стихий
Performer                                : The Last Airbender
Genre                                    : Action & Adventure
Recorded date                            : 2010
Encoded date                             : UTC 2010-11-16 09:45:43
Tagged date                              : UTC 2010-11-17 09:50:30
Copyright                                : T.O.X.A
Cover                                    : Yes
Comment                                  : by RG Mobile & RG Torrents.ru
iTunEXTC                                 : mpaa|PG|200|
iTunMOVI                                 : <?xml version="1.0" encoding="UTF-8"?> / <!DOCTYPE plist PUBLIC "-//Apple//DTD PLIST 1.0//EN" "http://www.apple.com/DTDs/PropertyList-1.0.dtd"> / <plist version="1.0"> / <dict> /   <key>cast</key> /   <array> /       <dict> /            <key>name</key> /           <string>Ноа Рингер (Aang)</string> /        </dict> /       <dict> /            <key>name</key> /           <string>Дев Патель (Prince Zuko)</string> /         </dict> /       <dict> /            <key>name</key> /           <string>Никола Пельтц (Katara)</string> /       </dict> /       <dict> /            <key>name</key> /           <string>Джексон Рэтбоун (Sokka)</string> /      </dict> /       <dict> /            <key>name</key> /           <string>Шон Тоуб (Uncle Iroh)</string> /        </dict> /       <dict> /            <key>name</key> /           <string>Аасиф Мандви (Commander Zhao)</string> /        </dict> /       <dict> /            <key>name</key> /           <string>Клифф Кёртис (Fire Lord Ozai)</string> /        </dict> /       <dict> /            <key>name</key> /           <string>Сейшелл Гэбриел (Princess Yue)</string> /       </dict> /       <dict> /            <key>name</key> /           <string>Кэтрин Хотон (Katara's Grandma)</string> /      </dict> /       <dict> /            <key>name</key> /           <string>Френсис Гуинан (Master Pakku)</string> /        </dict> /       <dict> /            <key>name</key> /           <string>Дэймон Гаптон (Monk Gyatso)</string> /      </dict> /       <dict> /            <key>name</key> /           <string>Саммер Бишил (Azula)</string> /         </dict> /   </array> /  <key>directors</key> /  <array> /       <dict> /            <key>name</key> /           <string>М. Найт Шьямалан</string> /         </dict> /   </array> /  <key>producers</key> /  <array> /       <dict> /            <key>name</key> /           <string>Скотт Аверсано</string> /       </dict> /       <dict> /            <key>name</key> /           <string>Майкл Димартино</string> /      </dict> /       <dict> /            <key>name</key> /           <string>Кэтлин Кеннеди</string> /       </dict> /   </array> /  <key>screenwriters</key> /  <array> /       <dict> /            <key>name</key> /           <string>М. Найт Шьямалан</string> /         </dict> /   </array> / </dict> / </plist>
ldes                                     : Воздушные кочевники, Племя Воды, Царство Земли и Народ Огня. Четыре нации были связаны судьбой, когда Народ Огня начал жестокую войну против всех. Прошло сто лет без надежды что-то изменить в этом мире. Народ Огня почти близок к победе в войне. 
stik                                     : 0

Video
ID                                       : 1
Format                                   : AVC
Format/Info                              : Advanced Video Codec
Format profile                           : Baseline@L3.0
Format settings, CABAC                   : No
Format settings, ReFrames                : 6 frames
Codec ID                                 : avc1
Codec ID/Info                            : Advanced Video Coding
Duration                                 : 1h 43mn
Bit rate                                 : 512 Kbps
Maximum bit rate                         : 2 959 Kbps
Width                                    : 480 pixels
Height                                   : 200 pixels
Display aspect ratio                     : 2.40:1
Frame rate mode                          : Constant
Frame rate                               : 23.976 fps
Color space                              : YUV
Chroma subsampling                       : 4:2:0
Bit depth                                : 8 bits
Scan type                                : Progressive
Bits/(Pixel*Frame)                       : 0.222
Stream size                              : 378 MiB (79%)
Title                                    : Imported with GPAC 0.4.6-DEV (build 1)
Writing library                          : x264 core 92 r1510 33d382a
Encoding settings                        : cabac=0 / ref=6 / deblock=1:-1:-1 / analyse=0x1:0x111 / me=umh / subme=9 / psy=1 / psy_rd=1.00:0.00 / mixed_ref=1 / me_range=16 / chroma_me=1 / trellis=0 / 8x8dct=0 / cqm=0 / deadzone=21,11 / fast_pskip=0 / chroma_qp_offset=-2 / threads=6 / sliced_threads=0 / nr=0 / decimate=1 / interlaced=0 / constrained_intra=0 / bframes=0 / wpredp=0 / keyint=250 / keyint_min=25 / scenecut=40 / intra_refresh=0 / rc_lookahead=60 / rc=2pass / mbtree=1 / bitrate=512 / ratetol=1.0 / qcomp=0.60 / qpmin=10 / qpmax=51 / qpstep=4 / cplxblur=20.0 / qblur=0.5 / ip_ratio=1.40 / aq=1:1.00
Encoded date                             : UTC 2010-11-16 09:45:43
Tagged date                              : UTC 2010-11-16 09:46:16

Audio
ID                                       : 2
Format                                   : AAC
Format/Info                              : Advanced Audio Codec
Format profile                           : LC
Codec ID                                 : 40
Duration                                 : 1h 43mn
Bit rate mode                            : Variable
Bit rate                                 : 128 Kbps
Maximum bit rate                         : 174 Kbps
Channel(s)                               : 2 channels
Channel positions                        : Front: L R
Sampling rate                            : 48.0 KHz
Compression mode                         : Lossy
Stream size                              : 94.4 MiB (20%)
Encoded date                             : UTC 2010-11-16 09:46:14
Tagged date                              : UTC 2010-11-16 09:46:16


~ $ 

The default player (totem) can't play it.

For each other player available for Ubuntu 12.04 on ARM, we need to know whether it can play this kind of video flawlessly.

This information will be useful everytime a user wants to play this kind of video and has to select a player that would be working for sure (not to spend efforts and time to try many players).

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I would recommend you to rephrase the question to look like a question. And use another example video..yours is a pirated movie. –  Uri Herrera Aug 26 '12 at 4:38
    
@Uri: the wording in the title is a question. Also, I've just emphasized an "equivalent" wording of the question in the body with boldface. –  imz -- Ivan Zakharyaschev Aug 26 '12 at 4:45
    
Yes, but the question looks like a guide, It should be something like, I have x.mp4 video and with x and x characteristics (here you remove non useful information such as the title of the pirated movie and any non essential information) I have X versionof Ubuntu with X version of X video player, and I'm running on X computer with X video card. which players are able to run given my characteristics?. –  Uri Herrera Aug 26 '12 at 5:14
    
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  • The default player (totem) doesn't play it very well: the audio is stuck/"echoed" sometimes, the video is stuck/skipped sometimes. It's not very stable in plaing it.

  • vlc shows nothing at all, has to be killed (killall vlc).

  • smplayer (an interface to MPlayer) seems to play it well, but actually after a while (perhaps, a minute of playing), the audio and video steadily get not synchronized: the audio is ahead of video, the video is delayed for a lot, as much as a minute. (It is using the x11 output method; if I try to change it to other methods, nothing is shown).

  • I haven't tried gnome-mplayer, because I expect that it works similarly to smplayer. And from my other experiments, from the two interfaces to MPlayer, I chose smplayer (because it could open a DVD stored in a directory, whereas gnome-mplayer couldn't; also sometimes gnome-mplayer hangs unexpectedly, whereas smplayer was never stuck like that on other videos). Update: I've just tried gnome-mplayer: it stopped during the first 2 minutes; similar things happened to it with other videos, too.

  • gxine (an interface to Xine) could play the whole video flawlessly.

Conclusion: gxine works best with this kind of MP4 video. (A similar conclusion is stated in Movie Player won't play MP4, gxine does .)

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