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I have a number of 352x288x25 fps MPEG-1 files (that is, the contents of PAL VCD discs). How can I get these to play smoothly on the Pi? I have tried omxplayer, but it just says "have a nice day" rather than actually playing anything. I have also tried installing VLC, but that only manages about 1 fps.

Is there some other way of playing these I can use? Will the MPEG-2 license help, or is there a more efficient player available? I used to play these on a 266 MHz Pentium 2 without hardware acceleration, so I'm not sure why I'd need acceleration on a 700 MHz ARM, which is at least theoretically faster.

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    It's weird that these don't play back in vlc. Can you confirm that they're stable on a known-good machine other than the pi? – goobering Mar 25 '16 at 17:22
  • I agree with @goobering. Without hardware encoding, VLC won't be the fastest thing on the RPi, but I would expect it to perform better than 1 fps. – Jacobm001 Mar 25 '16 at 17:42
  • The videos play fine on a PC. Not sure what the issue is, but other than hardware accelerated videos via omxplayer I don't seem to be able to get anything to play at a reasonable frame rate. – Jules Mar 25 '16 at 18:43
  • What's your memory split? – goobering Mar 26 '16 at 18:30
  • @goobering I have 64MB GPU memory. – Jules Mar 31 '16 at 10:27

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