Issues with NitoTV and blank screen

Having some funny behavior trying to get mplayer (via NitoTV) to play fairly standard MPEG2, DivX and XVID files. It seems that every other time I play a video, I hear the audio, but then get the “Loading please wait…” Usually I am able to back out and re-play the file successfully; other times I get in an endless loop of “Loading please wait…”. I have tried each of the files on a windows version of mplayer and it played the files flawlessly, using several different arguments to -vc.

Below is the output to the console.log from mplayer when I successfully was able to see video:

2008-08-12 16:51:03.703 Finder[107] MPEG-PS file format detected.
2008-08-12 16:51:03.704 Finder[107] VIDEO:  MPEG2  640x480  (aspect 2)  29.970 fps  4000.0 kbps (500.0 kbyte/s)
2008-08-12 16:51:03.748 Finder[107] ==========================================================================
2008-08-12 16:51:03.750 Finder[107] Opening video decoder: [mpegpes] MPEG 1/2 Video passthrough
2008-08-12 16:51:03.761 Finder[107] VDec: vo config request - 640 x 480 (preferred colorspace: Mpeg PES)
Could not find matching colorspace - retrying with -vf scale...
Opening video filter: [scale]
The selected video_out device is incompatible with this codec.
Try appending the scale filter to your filter list,
e.g. -vf spp,scale instead of -vf spp.
VDecoder init failed :(
Opening video decoder: [ffmpeg] FFmpeg's libavcodec codec family
Selected video codec: [ffmpeg2] vfm: ffmpeg (FFmpeg MPEG-2)
============================================
2008-08-12 16:51:03.762 Finder[107] ==============================
==========================================================================
Opening audio decoder: [mp3lib] MPEG layer-2, layer-3
AUDIO: 48000 Hz, 2 ch, s16le, 192.0 kbit/12.50 ratio: 24000->192000)
Selected audio codec: [mp3] afm: mp3lib (mp3lib MPEG layer-2, layer-3)
==========================================================================
2008-08-12 16:51:03.950 Finder[107] AO: [macosx] 48000Hz 2ch s16le (2 bytes per sample)
2008-08-12 16:51:03.951 Finder[107] Starting playback...
2008-08-12 16:51:04.543 Finder[107] VDec: vo config request - 640 x 480 (preferred colorspace: Planar YV12)
2008-08-12 16:51:04.544 Finder[107] VDec: using Planar YV12 as output csp (no 0)
2008-08-12 16:51:04.569 Finder[107] Movie-Aspect is 1.33:1 - prescaling to correct movie aspect.
VO: [quartz] 640x480 => 640x480 Planar YV12  [fs]
2008-08-12 16:51:07.423 Finder[107] A:   1.3 V:   0.0 A-V:  1.267 ct:  0.000   1/  1 ?? ? ?,?

Here is when the playback gave me the endless “Loading please wait…” and a blank screen (but with audio):

2008-08-12 16:53:38.472 Finder[107] MPEG-PS file format detected.
2008-08-12 16:53:38.474 Finder[107] VIDEO:  MPEG2  640x480  (aspect 2)  29.970 fps  4000.0 kbps (500.0 kbyte/s)
2008-08-12 16:53:38.636 Finder[107] ==========================================================================
2008-08-12 16:53:38.637 Finder[107] Opening video decoder: [mpegpes] MPEG 1/2 Video passthrough
2008-08-12 16:53:38.638 Finder[107] VDec: vo config request - 640 x 480 (preferred colorspace: Mpeg PES)
Could not find matching colorspace - retrying with -vf scale...
Opening video filter: [scale]
The selected video_out device is incompatible with this codec.
Try appending the scale filter to your filter list,
e.g. -vf spp,scale instead of -vf spp.
VDecoder init failed :(
Opening video decoder: [ffmpeg] FFmpeg's libavcodec codec family
2008-08-12 16:53:38.658 Finder[107] Selected video codec: [ffmpeg2] vfm: ffmpeg (FFmpeg MPEG-2)
2008-08-12 16:53:38.658 Finder[107] ==========================================================================
2008-08-12 16:53:38.666 Finder[107] ==========================================================================
Opening audio decoder: [mp3lib] MPEG layer-2, layer-3
AUDIO: 48000 Hz, 2 ch, s16le, 192.0 kbit/12.50 ratio: 24000->192000)
Selected audio codec: [mp3] afm: mp3lib (mp3lib MPEG layer-2, layer-3)
==========================================================================
2008-08-12 16:53:38.860 Finder[107] AO: [macosx] 48000Hz 2ch s16le (2 bytes per sample)
2008-08-12 16:53:38.861 Finder[107] Starting playback...
2008-08-12 16:53:39.423 Finder[107] VDec: vo config request - 640 x 480 (preferred colorspace: Planar YV12)
2008-08-12 16:53:39.424 Finder[107] VDec: using Planar YV12 as output csp (no 0)
2008-08-12 16:53:39.427 Finder[107] Movie-Aspect is 1.33:1 - prescaling to correct movie aspect.
VO: [quartz] 640x480 => 640x480 Planar YV12  [fs]
2008-08-12 16:53:42.768 Finder[107] A:   1.3 V:   0.0 A-V:  1.267 ct:  0.000   1/  1 ?? ? ?,?

Have tried fiddling with different arguments to mplayer, but same type of behavior. Similar situation with XVID and DivX avi’s. The problem occurs both with files on harddisk as well as files from an SMB mounted directory.

Using aTV flash 3.2.1. Any help would be greatly appreciated.

Thanks.

DivX and Xvid seem to best be played through QuickTime in either Sapphire (Media) or Files. You can change the playback mode of nitoTV to Quicktime in the Settings menu.

For MPEG-2, make sure you have the mplayer codecs installed through the DVD > Settings > Install Software menu. Then they can be played through the DVD/nitoTV plugin.

Thanks for the reply - I have the latest version of the mplayer codecs installed but am still having the same intermittent blank screen (with sound) issue. Indeed, I am having some better luck with the Xvid/Divx avis with Sapphire / Files. However with Files, for DiVX videos created with my flip cam I am getting the reverse - no sound but picture! Also, from searching around on Perian, shouldn’t MPEG-2 be supported? How come it is not possible to play MPEG-2 files if I have Perian 1.1 installed? (these are MPEG-2 files created with the hardware MPEG encoder from a Hauppauge PVR-150; essentially mythtv files).

So, with regard to mplayer, since these files play fine on mplayer with essentially the same codecs on different platform, it seems that (at least) one factor that is different on the aTV is the video output (-vo quartz). Is there known bugginess using this output on the aTV? I tried “-vo macosx” but had similar results. As an aside, these are standard def files (mostly 640x480) so they shouldn’t tax the system too much, and since this is happening on local files as well, I don’t think it is a bandwidth issue.

Again, thanks to anyone with some insight on this.

Having the same problem - sound but no video. ATVFiles refuses to play, saying “Selected video could not be played - format unrecognized”. Sapphire crashes (also shows crazy birate and length values). File extension is “mpg”, it is MPEG2 video. Having the same story with MPEG1.

Have all mplayer codecs installed as well as Perian.

ATV 2.1 with ATV Flash 3.2.2

Tried to install QuicktimeMPEG.component from ATV1.0, but no luck - crashes.

I purchased 3.2.2 last week. first time user.

i have the same problem. Playing most video thru the FIles menu is problem free, but often the same files show the “loading please wait” thru the DVD menu (which I think is nitotv).

I also have the same issue with VOB files copied from a DVD. The audio is perfect, but just “loading please wait” video. Sometimes restarting the Finder helps, but that might be my imagination.

Hi,

Where does the console.log file you refer to live on the system? as the current version of nitoTV is buggy as **** and I have switched on mPlayer logging and have found the only console.log file I could find on the system but it contained no debug like yours whatsover :frowning:

Regards,
Paul.