[vdr] vdr-xine breakage with Freeview HD

Jonas Bardino jonas at bardinosen.dk
Fri Sep 7 08:15:43 CEST 2012

On 2012-09-07 03:28, Darren Salt wrote:
> I've noticed audio brokenness with vdr-xine 0.9.4 and (at least) the BBC
> channels on Freeview HD. Recordings are fine and are played back without
> problem if played directly rather than via vdr.
> There's a sample recording (tarball, with b0rked filename due to the lack of
> decoding in stock Debian vdr) at http://tartarus.org/ds/bbchdvdr.tar (file
> size is 84172800 bytes; still being uploaded when I sent this).

By 'played back ... directly' do you mean played back with xine, too, or 
with another player?
I used to have loads of problems with xine and AAC LATM encoded audio on 
my VDR rig, and mplayer tells me that your BBC recordings uses exactly 
that format:
Playing 2012-09-
libavformat version 54.1.100 (internal)
TS file format detected.
VIDEO H264(pid=101) AUDIO AAC LATM(pid=102) SUB DVB(pid=105)  PROGRAM N. 132

AFAICT support for LATM audio was only added in xinelib-1.1.19 and later:

The LATM channels finally started working here when I upgraded to 
VDR+xineliboutput from the yavdr unstable packages. My install is a bit 
dated but I suppose it works with more recent versions than these, too:
ii  libavcodec53            4:0.7.6-0ubuntu0.11.10. Libav codec library
ii  libxine2                1.2.1.hg20120511.1541-0 the xine video/media 
player library, binary files
ii  vdr                     1.7.22-2yavdr1~oneiric  Video Disk Recorder 
for DVB cards
ii  vdr-plugin-xineliboutpu 1.0.7+cvs20120511.1602- VDR plugin for Xine 
based sofdevice frontends
ii  xine-ui                 0.99.7~hg20120217-0yavd the xine video 
player, user interface

Additionally I just tested that your recording plays with audio when 
played directly in xine on my LMDE (Debian Testing based) laptop with 
the following packages:
ii  libavcodec53                                          5:0.10-0.1 
                                         Library to encode decode 
multimedia streams - runtime files.
ii  libxine2                                              1:1.2.1-0.1 
                                         Xine media player library, 
meta-package (development branch).
ii  xine-ui 
0.99.7~hg20120125-1                                   the xine video 
player, user interface

So perhaps you need a more recent xine/libav combo.

Cheers, Jonas

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