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I installed VLC Player on my Galaxy S7 to try playback from an external hard disk shared via BeagleBone Black. The storage contains both x264 and h264 media. VLC plays x264 smoothly but very slowly on H.264, it keeps buffering the video and the images gets distorted. I thought the bottleneck is in the BBB so I tried running the same file from PC works perfectly. Is H.264 playback well supported on android? VLC Player is the only app with proper local network share discovery, other apps like MX Player, KMPlayer, etc. either does not support local network or setting it up is a mess.

  • Try changing the settings. Start with hardware decoding, if no changes, try changing "Deblocking filter settings" and/or "Enable frame skip". – Reddy Lutonadio Feb 18 at 16:18
  • None of that works. But what I found is that I played a 2.5H movie (5GB in size and H.264 encoded) that I have and it played well and it barely gives any buffering or distorted image. At first I was testing a series all episodes in H.264 so I test other episodes and it gives me same behavior. Seems like I will have to test the rest of the media on the storage because I am starting to suspect that the media itself is corrupted. Although it plays well on my PC from the storage. – 3bdalla Feb 18 at 22:11
  • Also I noticed - encoding wise - the difference between the movie and any episode is that the movie's audio is encoded in AC3 while the episodes in E-AC, so I converted the episode's audio to AC3 but it still not playing smoothly. – 3bdalla Feb 18 at 22:14
  • Tried different content, still the problem with H.264 content not a specific file. – 3bdalla Feb 19 at 17:02
  • wiki.videolan.org/AndroidFAQ Check the question & answer on HD videos. Or try the forum: forum.videolan.org/… – Reddy Lutonadio Feb 23 at 18:36

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