Hello OSMC-Team/ dear all,

Using OSMC for a while on a R3B+ and love. Great job! A few minutes ago I discovered that I can’t play my old VideoCD. Putting it into the connected DVD-Drive just opens the file menu and shows the folder structure. Choosing the *.DAT (AVSEQ01.DAT) does… nothing. Trying the same with a plain KODI installation on a x86-System plays VCDs without any issue. Do I have to install Add-Ons what are missing in a default OSMC installation compared to a plain KODI installation?

By the way, OSMC plays my DVDs/ AudioCDs, etc. out of the box without any problem.

Best Regards


Some debug logs from both systems should allow us to see the differences and why it’s working on one platform and not the other



Hi Sam,

thanks for your answer - see both debug logs attached. I did the same on both systems.

  • StartedUp
  • Put in VCD
  • Press “Play Disk”

Best Regards

Please upload full logs via My OSMC



To get a better understanding of the problem you are experiencing we need more information from you. The best way to get this information is for you to upload logs that demonstrate your problem. You can learn more about how to submit a useful support request here.

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  • reproduce the issue

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Hi Sam,

Please, excuse my late answer. Find here the corresponding logs/configs.

On the x86-System it seems ffmeg is used and no there is no problem to creat the thread:
2021-01-24 22:03:09.845 T:600 DEBUG: Thread VideoPlayer start, auto delete: false
2021-01-24 22:03:09.845 T:600 NOTICE: Creating InputStream
2021-01-24 22:03:09.847 T:12196 DEBUG: Loading settings for D:\MPEGAV\AVSEQ01.DAT
2021-01-24 22:03:09.849 T:600 DEBUG: CUtil::ScanForExternalSubtitles: Searching for subtitles…
2021-01-24 22:03:09.850 T:600 DEBUG: CUtil::ScanForExternalSubtitles: END (total time: 2 ms)
2021-01-24 22:03:09.850 T:600 NOTICE: Creating Demuxer
2021-01-24 22:03:09.850 T:600 DEBUG: CDVDDemuxFFmpeg::Open - probing detected format [mpeg]
2021-01-24 22:03:09.850 T:600 DEBUG: CDVDDemuxFFmpeg::Open - avformat_find_stream_info starting
2021-01-24 22:03:09.855 T:1188 DEBUG: CVideoGUIInfo::InitCurrentItem(D:\MPEGAV\AVSEQ01.DAT)
2021-01-24 22:03:09.858 T:600 DEBUG: CDVDDemuxFFmpeg::Open - av_find_stream_info finished
2021-01-24 22:03:09.858 T:600 INFO: ffmpeg[258]: Input #0, mpeg, from ‘D:\MPEGAV\AVSEQ01.DAT’:
2021-01-24 22:03:09.858 T:600 INFO: ffmpeg[258]: Duration: 00:46:20.52, start: 0.733289, bitrate: 1411 kb/s
2021-01-24 22:03:09.858 T:600 INFO: ffmpeg[258]: Stream #0:0[0x1c0]: Audio: mp2, 44100 Hz, stereo, s16p, 224 kb/s
2021-01-24 22:03:09.858 T:600 INFO: ffmpeg[258]: Stream #0:1[0x1e0]: Video: mpeg1video, yuv420p(tv), 352x288 [SAR 178:163 DAR 1958:1467], 1151 kb/s, 25 fps, 25 tbr, 90k tbn, 25 tbc
2021-01-24 22:03:09.858 T:600 DEBUG: CDVDDemuxFFmpeg::AddStream ID: 0
2021-01-24 22:03:09.858 T:600 DEBUG: CDVDDemuxFFmpeg::AddStream ID: 1
2021-01-24 22:03:09.858 T:600 NOTICE: Opening stream: 1 source: 256
2021-01-24 22:03:09.858 T:600 NOTICE: Creating video codec with codec id: 1
2021-01-24 22:03:09.858 T:600 NOTICE: CDVDVideoCodecFFmpeg::Open() Using codec: MPEG-1 video
2021-01-24 22:03:09.858 T:600 DEBUG: CDVDVideoCodecFFmpeg - Updated codec: ff-mpeg1video
2021-01-24 22:03:09.858 T:600 DEBUG: CVideoPlayerVideo::OpenStream - open stream with codec id: 1
2021-01-24 22:03:09.858 T:600 NOTICE: Creating video thread

On the RP3B+ OSMC/MMAL seems to have a problem:
2021-01-24 20:24:16.612 T:1318052064 ERROR: Open - error probing input format, /media/FLASHDANCE_DISC_1/mpegav/avseq01.dat
2021-01-24 20:24:16.614 T:1318052064 ERROR: OpenDemuxStream - Error creating demuxer
2021-01-24 20:24:16.614 T:1318052064 NOTICE: CVideoPlayer::OnExit()

Maybe it’s just to install ffmpeg???

Best regards

By the way, if you see some strange stuff in my logs, you can give me a hint. The installation is quite old and started with an old CRT

Hi @sam_nazarko , any news on that? In the meantime I did a complete new installation/setup of OSMC and still the same - can’t play my old VCDs

Can we see some fresh logs on Kodi v19?

I’m still on Kodi v18.9 since my system is a old RasPi 3B+ an I’m still using some old Python 2 AdsdOns. If it helps, I can upload a fresh log with that.

V19 is not more demanding so should run fine on the Pi3

Also because of disabled HW-Acceleration for video? I could give it try on a second SD-Card. Where do I find an image with v.19 - The latest official is still 2020.11-1.

Up to now my plan was to wait with that for buying a new RasPi4 (or steal it form my son :wink: ) and go for the official OSCM because then I’ve to re-setup the system anyway

Edit: What’s about de-interlacing. My RasPi3B+ OSMC is a kind of “production system” for the whole family and mainly used for live TV (DVB-C / MPEG2 HD) - guess someone would kill me if there isn’t a smooth and clear picture because of e.g. interlacing artefacts