(2012-05-10 12:36)simonk83 Wrote:(2012-05-10 10:04)s7mx1 Wrote:(2012-05-10 09:42)gimli Wrote: 1.) CPU usage is not the main factor. Turn off the debug messages. Keep in mind which device you have in front and tell how the GUI feels then.
2.) For network shares prefer nfs over samba. Prefer passthrough over software decoding. Convert DTS -> AC3. DTS.
None of the current "dirty region" modes work on the PI.
CPU may play a big role in addon execution time. Currently I am happy with the HD playback performance, which is better than ATV 1 with crystalhd card. I am not too concerned about smooth gui. But currently video addon takes 20 seconds to simply load which is unusable for most people.
Thanks for the tips. Nfs not working in openelec at the moment. I am using FTP at moment. A lot people only got tv so audio software decoding is a the only way for us.
Dirty region mode 3 apparently works with latest openelec.
NFS works fine, I've been using it from the start
The newer versions with the newer Confluence skin is actually pretty smooth I find. Sure it can take a while to do certain thing occasionally, but moving around the menu's is pretty good I reckon, certainly chalk and cheese compared to the earlier versions.
Plugins do struggle though, but very early days yet (I don't think the openelec guys even have a pi so they've done amazing work in my opinion). I'm using it as my main media server at the moment, and all my media is 720p (a lot of it DTS). No problems so far.
Openelec is my only option so far. When I first received my pi I spent 2 days trying to get xbmc compiled either natively on pi or on qemu but build all failed at code level. Compiling Openelec on the other hand is breeze and never failed. Their git repository is synced pretty closely with xbmc and raspberry pi source.
Hopefully they will get their pi soon if they have not already got one and we can see some major improvements in addon performance in the near future. I agree 720p H264 media playback is excellent.
Have you tried fast forward/backward? It doesn't work for me.