Posts by gedakc

    Thank you for looking into this issue. I am glad that you were able to reproduce the problem. Further it is great that you were able to identify the commit that cause the problem.

    If a new issue needs to be created then let me know. Otherwise as per the previous post in this thread I will hold off as there may be no need.

    Thank you popcornmix for the suggestions.

    > Can you test with "Allow hardware acceleration with DRM PRIME" disabled?


    Using LE 10.0.3 I disabled the setting with Gear icon -> Player -> Videos and disabled - Allow hardware acceleration with DRM PRIME. Note that Allow using DRM PRIME decoder is still enabled.


    The subtitles are not displayed.


    Next I disabled Allow using DRM PRIME decoder.


    The subtitles are not displayed.

    > It would be helpful if you can find a file that has the issue that isn't geolocked.

    I am trying to locate a such a file.

    In the meantime I was able to capture the .m3u8 file if that is of use.

    desktop_master.m3u8 file:




    #EXT-X-MEDIA:TYPE=AUDIO,GROUP-ID="audio",NAME="English (Descriptive)",LANGUAGE="eng",AUTOSELECT=YES,CHARACTERISTICS="public.accessibility.describes-video",URI="QualityLevels(192000)/Manifest(audiodv_eng_aacl,format=m3u8-aapl,filter=desktop)"






















    I will continue to search for a non-geolocked example.

    Thanks again for your help with this issue.


    After upgrade from LE 10.0.2 to LE 10.0.3, embedded Closed Captions (subtitles) are no longer displayed on Raspberry Pi 3 model B. This occurred with an h264 stream using the video addon for Canadian Broadcasting Corporation (CBC) (geo restricted to Canada - configure with free user account from

    The closed captions return when I downgrade back to LE 10.0.2.

    Log Files


    • In the above log files some buffering was experienced, but that did not impact the ability to view or not view closed captions.
    • The problem consistently occurs regardless of whether the CBC video addon is configured to playback using FFMPEG or InputStreamAdaptive.
    • Closed captions are properly displayed using same CBC video addon on 2017 NVidia Sheild.
    • External subtitle streams/files do work with both LE 10.0.2 and LE 10.0.3 as can be verified using the video addon for ConTV.

    Steps to Demonstrate Problem

    First enable embedded closed captions.

    • Navigate to Gear icon -> Player -> Language.
    • Navigate to Enable parsing for closed captions and press Enter to toggle to active.

    Next begin playback of an h264 video stream or file that contains embedded closed captions.

    For example: Shows/Animation/The Adventures of Napkin Man!/Season 3/Queen of the Fairies

    The default installation seems to enable closed captions. A person can check while the video is playing by opening the playback menu "key m" and ensure that closed captions are enabled using the subtitles icon.

    Background Details

    The following information was displayed on the screen when I pressed the o key.

    Video decoder: ff-h264_v4l2m2m-drm_prime (HW)

    Pixel format: drm_prime

    Deinterlace method: none

    Video stream: 1,280x720 px, 1.78 AR, 29.970 FPS

    Audo stream: FL, FR, ff-aac, 32 bit, 44,100 Hz

    System memory usage: 24%

    System CPU usage: #0: 10% #1: 2.1% #2: 24% #3 6.1%

    Each person is entitled to their own view of what is user friendly or not. Personally I find setting up both Tvheadend and MythTV quite complex. For day-to-day use I find both of these quite enjoyable, with a preference for MythTV as it has been better at deciphering and displaying Closed Captions embedded in OTA ATSC shows.

    From my experience using Kodi (5 years), Tvheadend (3 years), and MythTV (10 years), all of the front ends occasionally crash. However frontend crashes while watching a recording are extremely rare (at least for me). A restart of the frontend was all that I needed to continue watching. These frontend crashes have not adversely impacted the ability of the backend to record.

    Okay. Are you saying copy it to a USB 3.0 flash drive or USB 2.0 drive? Does it need to be a flash drive or can it be any drive? And once it is copied do you want me to access and watch the mkv file on the PI from the flash drive? Just for clarification.

    Should I also try to plug the enclosure into a USB 2.0 port instead of 3.0 to see if that fixes the issue? The enclosure is 3.0.

    I also plan on trying no buffer in advancedsettings.xml when I get the chance.

    My suggestion is to try a USB flash drive (either USB 2.0 or USB 3.0 - both are fast enough for HD video) in order to eliminate any potential problem associated with USB to SATA converters.

    Of course feel to try all of the above since you are trying to troubleshoot an issue.

    'Just a thought. If the content is from a TV Channel then the source material might have been broadcast in an interlaced format.

    If this is the case, then the "automatic" choice of de-interlacer in Kodi 18 Leia might be too demanding on your RPi3. On my RPi2 when watching a video I had to bring up the playback menu (M on a keyboard), choose the setting dialog (gear icon), choose Video settings and set the Deinterlace method to MMAL - Bob.

    If this works for you then you might wish to set as default for all media which is listed lower on the same screen.

    I've to add that HD contents aren't enjoyable at all with a lot of stuttering, probably because the RPi2 hasn't the needed resources or maybe there is some tweak to do I'm not aware of, I don't know.

    If the recordings are in MPEG-2 format (used in North America for Over-The-Air broadcasts) then be sure to Enable MPEG-2 Hardware Video Decoding on the RPi2.

    If you are using LE 9.x then be sure to set the Deinterlace Media Default to MMAL - Bob.

    Confluence Skin Instructions follow.

    Set Deinterlace Media Default to MMAL - Bob

    1. Navigate to TV -> Recordings

    2. Choose a 1080i PVR recording

    3. Press M to bring up playback menu

    4. Choose Film reel icon to display Video Settings dialog

    5. On Deinterlace method go through options and choose MMAL - Bob

    6. Navigate down to Set as default for all media and press Enter

    7. At prompt Set as default for all media. This will reset any previously saved values. Are you sure? respond Yes.

    8. Choose Close

    9. Stop playback with Square icon

    10. Navigate back to main screen.

    By using the MPEG-2 license and the Deinterlace setting MMAL - BOB I am able to smoothly play 1080i recordings on my RPi2.