Test of current RealPlayer/HelixPlayer nightly builds

Tux
After I wondered what the current state of the HelixPlayer/RealPlayer development is I asked the developers. The answer was that there is still no date given, but that I could help them by testing the players in my setup. And since that isn’t difficult at all I downloaded the rpms and gave them a try – here is the protocol I’ve sent to the list.

The Setup

Hardware (lspci):
- Graphics:
Mobility Radeon 9600 M10
- Audio:
Intel Corporation 82801DB/DBL/DBM (ICH4/ICH4-L/ICH4-M) AC’97 Audio Controller
(rev 03)

Software:
- Distribution:
Fedora Core 6, up2date on 2007-01-23
rpm-based
- Language:
de_DE.UTF-8
- Kernel:
2.6.19-1.2895.fc6
- GUI-Environment:
X Window System Version 7.1.1, KDE 3.5.5
X.Org-Driver “radeon” for the ATI card
- Audio:
alsa-lib-1.0.12, alsa-oss-1.0.12

Builds:
- HelixPlayer:
1.1.0.2763-20070123.i586.rpm
- RealPlayer:
10.1.0.2762-20070123.i586.rpm

The Installation

Installation protocol:
[root@perricum tmp]# rpm -Uvh HelixPlayer-1.1.0.2763-20070123.i586.rpm
Vorbereiten… ########################################### [100%]
1:HelixPlayer ########################################### [100%]
/var/tmp/rpm-tmp.94826: line 7: /usr/local/HelixPlayer/postinst/confscript.sh:
Datei oder Verzeichnis nicht gefunden
[root@perricum tmp]# rpm -Uvh RealPlayer-10.1.0.2762-20070123.i586.rpm
Vorbereiten… ########################################### [100%]
1:RealPlayer ########################################### [100%]
/var/tmp/rpm-tmp.88665: line 7: /usr/local/RealPlayer/postinst/confscript.sh:
Datei oder Verzeichnis nicht gefunden

“Datei oder Verzeichnis nicht gefunden” means “File or directory not found”.
Previous versions have been uninstalled previously, the file ~/.replayerrc and
~/.helixplayer have also been deleted.

The Tests

RealPlayer:
- start: worked, although the release information were outdated (German
translation)
- configuration: ALSA is default playback
- ogg music file: worked fine
- mp3 music file (with German umlaut ‘ö’ in file name): worked fine
- ogg video file: colours are wrong: black turned to green, etc.; when I
deactivated the XVideo option in the configuration everything worked fine
- realplayer stream: same as above, colours are wrong: blue turns to yellow,
etc., everything was fine after deactivating XVideo
- the playback on ALSA went fine, I was able to play stuff on Kaffeine as
well, for example
- playlist: see errors below

HelixPlayer:
- start: worked, although the release information were outdated (German
translation)
- configuration: ALSA is default playback
- ogg music file: worked fine
- mp3 music file: as expected, wasn’t able to playback
- ogg video file: same as above, with false colours until I deactivated XVideo

The Errors

- playlist: had problems with the German umlaut when encoded as UTF8 in the
tags, error in konsole was:
> (realplay.bin:13492): Pango-WARNING **: Invalid UTF-8 string passed to
pango_layout_set_text()

- configuration: while the interface is German the content language is set to
English(USA), which is sub-optimal

- XVideo: at least for my system that default value was plain wrong

One thing about the GUI, which is unchanged: if you want to go to fullscreen,
you have to hit Ctrl+F – if you want to come back, you have to use the right
click. That must be changed certainly before the next release, because it is
much too far away from any usability.

Summarize

Well – besides some small bugs and “wrong” defaults the players are quite usable – and since they do have ALSA support they are a huge improvement from that point of view. But no one should expect a new GUI – that will not happen as it looks like. But since I mainly use the players for real media streams and maybe as backend for other GUIs that doesn’t matter.

It would be cool to have a decent designed video player for Linux, though.

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