So, I have some video files, both with H264 and MPEG4 [divx/xvid] codecs. I had no problems on my old laptop [Dell Inspiron 1525], and also no problems with
mplayer, but with
vlc, I have minor issues with both the sound and video.
For one thing, the audio, more often than not, seems slightly out of sync. It's not too bad, just enough to be annoying. I use the J and K hotkeys to adjust it, but sometimes it doesn't seem to work right. Also, every single time I Pause and then Play a video, it plays for half a second, but then the audio cuts out for about a quarter second, then after that, continues to play without any more interrupting [Until I pause it again].
Now for video, whenever I seek in a video, it feels sluggish, and takes much longer to seek than mplayer. It's kind of annoying, I considered switching to
smplayer, but after trying it, I realized I like the keyboard shortcuts too much [shift+arrow to seek 3 seconds, alt+arrow for 10, ctrl+arrow for 60].
I have tried both ALSA and PulseAudio for audio, OSS produces nothing, and tried various video drivers under VLC's preferences, but nothing seemed to make it work better.