High Definition is everywhere nowadays. There is a huge demand for high definition media content and everything is now available in high definition. If you are a Linux user and have not been up-to-date with HD hype, you may be missing a lot of things. In case if you have tried playing HD content in your Linux box, you may have also disappointed as you may not have become successful in playing the HD content. Unlike some other operating systems, some Linux distributions do not support HD out of the box. I mean of course it supports HD, but you may not see the full potential of HD without a couple of tweaks to your system. Letâ€™s have a look at HD and how Linux go together.
First of all, HD content, especially h.264 video takes a lot of processing power. If you have old hardware and trying to play HD, you may face bad luck. Therefore, make sure your hardware is capable of running HD content. Unless, no tweak can make HD work in your system.
When it comes to HD in Linux, the video player plays an important role. Since not all the video players in Linux support HD content, you need to choose one video player which supports HD. VLC is supposed to be one of such good HD players available for Linux at the moment. You can simply download and install VLC for free. VLC supports HD content out of the box. But, VLCâ€™s ability of playing quality HD content can be further enhanced by performing a few tweaks.
Go to Tools > Preferences in the VLC menu bar and click on â€œShow Settings:Allâ€. Under Input/Codecs, go to Other > FFmpeg. Now set the value of â€œSkip loop filter for h.264â€ to ALL. This tweak is supposed to improve HD playback in Linux systems a lot. If you would like read about more HD tweaks in VLC, you can go to videolan.org and read up.
BlueRay is the latest addition to the HD world. Therefore, everyone is keen on playing BlueRay content in the PCs. If you are trying to play BlueRay disks in your system, there are a few things you got to do. First of all, you need to install UDF file system support in order to read BlueRay disks by your Linux system. Then you need to install a tool such as BackupHDDVD C++ for decrypting BlueRay discs as well as any other HD DVD media. Once you have both installed in your Linux system, you can simple install VLC or MPlayer and watch your HD media. Remember, you need to have a compatible BlueRay drive attached to your computer as well.
In case if you are interested in buying a HD or BlueRay player for Linux, you have some options too. But Linux being an open source platform, buying software is against Linuxâ€™s philosophy. Therefore, I do not encourage you to buy software for Linux platform; rather get hold of free and open source software.