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When I watch movies I see annoying "artifacts". It looks like parts of video are slid a bit horizontally. Artifacts depend on how different is frame from next one, in other words on how much action is in a scene.

Checked videos frame by frame - no artifacts on stills. But transition between frames creates them.

On my phone videos play nice.

Got two GPUs :

  • VGA compatible controller: Intel Corporation 4th Gen Core Processor Integrated Graphics Controller (rev 06)
  • 3D controller: NVIDIA Corporation GK208M [GeForce GT 740M] (rev ff)

So decided to install Nvidia drivers and play using discrete GPU.

Drivers installed :

  • nouveau-firmware Version: 20091212-0ubuntu1
  • NVIDIA Driver Version: 384.130

Tried both of GPUs :

OpenGL vendor string: Intel Open Source Technology Center
OpenGL renderer string: Mesa DRI Intel(R) Haswell Mobile 


OpenGL vendor string: NVIDIA Corporation
OpenGL renderer string: GeForce GT 740M/PCIe/SSE2

Both ways the same type of artifacts. With Intel it's one obvious edge, with Nvidia - couple less obvious ones.

Players used mpv, parole and vlc - all the same.

ffmpeg version 2.8.14-0ubuntu0.16.04.1
 DEV.LS h264      H.264 / AVC / MPEG-4 AVC / MPEG-4 part 10 (decoders: h264 h264_crystalhd h264_vdpau ) (encoders: libx264 libx264rgb )
 DEV.L. hevc      H.265 / HEVC (High Efficiency Video Coding) (encoders: libx265 )
 DEV.L. mpeg4     MPEG-4 part 2 (decoders: mpeg4 mpeg4_crystalhd mpeg4_vdpau ) (encoders: mpeg4 libxvid )

Looks like it doesn't depend on encoder. 3 videos Hevc and mpeg4 and h264 show the same problem.

So guys could you please point to possible solutions for the issue?

Running Linux version 4.13.0-45-generic (buildd@lgw01-amd64-011) (gcc version 5.4.0 20160609 (Ubuntu 5.4.0-6ubuntu1~16.04.9)) #50~16.04.1-Ubuntu SMP Wed May 30 11:18:27 UTC 2018

Edit. Refresh rate for display from system menu 60.0Hz. Issue is true for frame rates of video 25fps and 23.98fps.

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  • Please tell us the frame rate of the videos and the refresh rate of your display. – danzel Jun 29 '18 at 8:38
  • @danzel, should I test for some specific frame rate? – ngc3o34 Jun 29 '18 at 15:20
  • Have you tried this answer? – danzel Jun 29 '18 at 15:45
  • @danzel looks like screen tearing is my problem. Tried vertical sync in Xfwm, didn't help. What windows manager could be painless replacement for Xfwm? – ngc3o34 Jun 29 '18 at 16:49
  • Look, I disabled compositor. Heard people on KDE used to do so while playing games. It supposed to fix screen tearing. But it's still there. Windowed and full screen... – ngc3o34 Jun 29 '18 at 17:16