We've done a lot of work on playback smoothness, especially with the release of 6. Playback is super smooth now.
One of the tests we now do is to play a 60 fps clip that alternates between black and pink frames, exactly on every frame. This is a really good way to see if the player plays smoothly. Any dropped frames will show immediately because your eyes pick up on the break in the flashing pattern. Also pink makes me feel like a real man.
We have this file in DXV3, h264 and ProRes. When playing it in R6, DXV3 performs best out of the box. H264 and ProRes perform similar, but need to have the framerate locked to 60 in the comp settings. While you're there, another really good test is to lock the framerate to 30. This should result in a fully black or pink video, since the alternating frames are skipped.
Alley performs equal to Resolume, except that the framerate can't be locked. This means h264 and ProRes will judder occasionally.
Quicktime X performs really well with h264 and ProRes, on a par with Resolume locked to 60. There's an occasional drop, but that's it.
VLC performs horrible. It judders all over the place with both h264 and ProRes. If that's the level you're going for, I can honestly say Resolume outsmooths it front, left and center.
The files are attached. If you're experiencing differently, we'd love to hear from you directly to work out what's going on.
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