Distorted Video with DivX Version 5
Submitted by Fabian Greffrath
Created attachment 293037
screenshot of distorted video playback
I have a couple of videos in AVI format encoded with DivX Version 5. All these videos play back heavily distorted with gstreamer-based applications like Totem ot gst-play, but play back fine with VLC. Please see the attached screenshot for an example.
I have created a short video sample here:
Please note that this sample plays back fine with VLC from the beginning to the end, although it complains that the AVI file index is broken or missing. Whatever that means, I chose to "play as is" and it works. The index is most probably broken, because the sample is just a dd'ed snippet of a complete DVD rip, but the video distortion accurs identically with the whole original file.
A strange fact worth noting is that the video quality can be drastically improved (even back to "normal") by wildly seeking from one point in time to the other in the video. For example, if you seek to the scene on the cemetery and then back to the scene in the cab back and forth some times, the video will be solid from the netx i-frame on, e.g. when the man leaves the cab.
Hope that helps, please don't hesitate to ask if yo uneed further information or longer samples.