The 1080p examples that work outside of X.Org run very smoothly on my Pi, but within X.Org they don't run very smoothly at all at the moment.

Given that X.Org is currently not GPU-accelerated, this is understandable - but with the hardware limitations will running such video smoothly in X.Org ever be possible, or is this unlikely even if X.Org was running on the GPU?

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    @dunsmoreb Unnecessary and confusing edit.
    – Jivings
    Jun 12, 2012 at 22:26
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    @Jivings How is it confusing? It clarifies that the question is about X.Org.
    – user46
    Jun 12, 2012 at 22:27
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    @dunsmoreb The confusion was why you would bother to edit. It was pretty clear. X pretty universally means Xorg. Just retag next time.
    – Jivings
    Jun 12, 2012 at 22:29
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    X and x.org are not the same thing, by the way. X.org is the foundation that owns license on X. In fact, they specifically request only these names be used: X, X Window System, X Version 11, X Window System, Version 11, X11
    – Kyle Macey
    Jun 13, 2012 at 1:26
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    @KyleMaceyJun The X.Org tag has been replaced with xorg with X as synonym.
    – Jivings
    Jun 17, 2012 at 17:28

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You just need a video player that decodes the video using the GPU.

The suggested (and currently the only known) player for the RPi that does this is OMXPlayer.

  • I love OMXPlayer! It runs so smoothly. Is it maintained? Jun 17, 2012 at 3:50
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    @AlessandroCosentino: The activity on that GitHub repo is pretty recent, so I would think so.
    – Jivings
    Jun 17, 2012 at 7:23

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