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As i am playing avi videos on my newly installed Xubuntu i observe video flickering because of which i do not get optimal user experience while watching videos. I have tried multiple players as well as multiple videos but the problem persists. The flickering doesnt exist when i am playing my video on win 7.

info driver:- amd radeon 4500 propriety driver activated players tried:- mplayer, vlc

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If you have xubuntu's compositor active (only supports drop shadows and transparency), try running mplayer with -vo gl or -vo gl2. If this does not help, try turning the compositor off (settings/window manager tweaks, rightmost tab).

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I find that you need to turn off the compositor for vlc to play correctly in fullscreen, but not mplayer based programs like gnome-mplayer. In general, I find that the compositor causes big problems with hardware accelerated video overlays. – user76204 Aug 26 '12 at 23:24
Disabling the compositor made the flickering when watching DVDs go away for me :-) – Sebastian Blask Mar 16 '13 at 20:26

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