BBC Olympic HD channels weird picture corruption (1 Viewer)


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February 21, 2012
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I've successfully tune the 24 HD Olympic channels in MP, but find I get a weird picture corruption on some of them, randomly but it's happening most of the time, rather than try to describe the effect here's a snapshot:

It's not transponder/signal related as I get good pictures on other channels, I also sometimes get this effect on the normal HD channels for an instant when switching to the channel or unpausing, it then sort of locks on & goes good. With these new channels it stays, but if I catch it in the right mood they can be OK, most annoying.

I'm using the MPC codec from the Shark007 pack on Vista 64.

[EDIT] Switched back to LAV & they look OK, but need to wait for some sport to properly check. I switched away from LAV for the other channels because I had problems, what those problems were escape me at the moment.

Anyone seen this before?


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    Yes I've seen this before - my opinion is that it is the codec. The complex and extended inter frame and inter block referencing that h.264 can use means that finding a "safe" entry point in the stream to start decoding from is not so straightforward. The first bunch of frames that the codec decodes may be missing backward-references from frames/blocks that the codec didn't get the opportunity to decode. Some streams are more affected than others, depending on the options that the broadcaster is using to encode the stream...



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    I've seen this with a TBS tuner, and it was due to the tuner getting too hot. I put an extra fan in the case and the problem went away.

    I have now seen this yesterday, with an external USB TBS tuner, and suspect it is the same thing. How hot is the tuner getting?



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    February 21, 2012
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    It seems it was the codec, I now remember having problems with the live football during Euro 2012 with LAV, very jerky video. I've switched back & found the option for hardware acceleration in LAV setup, all is now well. Although odd times I still get the effect, but changing channel fixes it.

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