I'm having this flickering green artifact when playing some files on mplayer/smplayer:
It looks like the video was ripped from an olde VHS, the green green target goes flickering along the movie.
The file is a DVDRIP AVC/MP4/XviD.
In VLC it plays normally and the artifact does not appear.
May it be the codecs? (I have the latest available on mplayer.hu)
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What's the frame size of the video? Some Xvid decoders don't like mod2. The video isn't likely to contain both AVC and Xvid. Which is it?
I suspect it's a flaky non compatible codec used on the original file. Those things are rampant. I wouldn't bother trying to download another codec ... mplayer/smplayer use their own codecs, as they should. Installing more codecs will probably lead to more problems in the future.
This is why I have both smplayer and vlc installed. Between them you can play just about anything.
If neither will play it properly I'll start asking myself just how much I want to see the damn thing. If I do, I'll try converting it with avidemux. That'll work on pretty much anything too.
BTW jagabo's quite right (he usually is) ... it can't be both AVC and xvid.