GOM Player - quite a nice video player with many advantages and a few problems.
- does not support a** subtitles
- does not resolve correctly time conflicts in subtitles
- the efficiency of the built in h264 decoder and mkv and mp4 splitters are not that great
+ high quality subtitles
+ supports many video formats with built in codecs
FFDShow - it covers for almost everything what GOM Player is lacking
+ does support a**
+ the built in h264 decoder is a fast one
- the non a** subtitles are poor in quality
- does not seem to be able to play subtitles directly from MKV files. It is necesary to extract them to separate files, first. (It is not a problem for me, since I'm using an additional tool for subtitles timing and font enhacement.)
- there are rare problems with system resources in case of some a** subtitles.
Haali Matroska Splitter - a fast MKV and MP4 splitter
It requires some tweaking to get the best performance, but these were the best I found.
I've tried a few operating systems in order to find the one fastest on a single core CPU. Windows 98 appeared to be the fastest one. Currently I'm using a Pentium 4 2,8/800 HT CPU with DDR400 memory in dual (or rather quadruple) channel. The power is more than enough for smooth play of 1280x720 h264 coded video, but is not enough for 1920x1080. So, the question is where to go from here.
It is possible to aim for multi core CPUs, but it would require to change the OS to some Windows NT core system or Linux, probably. On the other hand I've heard something about DXVA being available on Windows 98.
- According to my research the newer versions of FFDShow are able to use DXVA. The newest one comes in two different builds, one is Windows 2000 compatible, the other is not. Perhaps, it could be possible to port it to Windows 98 with KernelEX.
- DXVA 1.0 was released for Windows 2000 and newer. I've heard some rumors about Windows 98 compatibility, however. The DXVA 2.0 seems to available from Vista up.
- It could be difficult to find a DXVA compatible graphics card able to work in Windows 98.
I'm curious, if anybody was able to get the full HD with Windows 98. In my case the the playback is not efficient, enough.
For GOD sake. Why am I not able to write Advanced Substation Alpha file format? It always ends up as a**. The HELL with the automatic word correction on this forum.
Edited by Sfor, 22 September 2011 - 04:57 AM.