I was watching Blade Runner some days ago in 1080p on my 2GHz C2D Macbook Aluminum unibody with 2GB 1067MHz DDR3 RAM and it was choppy as hell. It turns out that not only VLC was playing the file choppy, Quicktime+Perian as well.

Marc at chipmunkninja.com published a post back in June 2008 regarding the playback of 1080p MKVs and I just stumbled upon it.

I use VLC 0.9.9

1. Open VLC prefs
2. Click “All”
3. Click “Input / Codecs”
4. Click “Other codecs”
5. Select “FFmpeg”
6. Look after “Skip the loop filter for H.264 decoding”

I use “Non-ref” for now. I fired up Blade Runner in 1080p and after a couple of minutes of playback, I haven’t seen any choppiness!


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