Ubuntu 18.04 (Totem) Choppy Videos

I have been using Ubuntu 18.04 for nearly 2 weeks now. The UI is not Unity, I feel a tad less productive, but I can live with it. I have also noticed 3rd party vendors not having their products compiled to ubuntu Bionic Beaver probably because it hasn’t still been released. The only glitch I noticed is related to video playback.

Ubuntu 18.04 comes with Totem Movie Player. I noticed that there are subsecond freezes in the video. I first thought it was an issue with the video. But then I installed VLC media player which didn’t have the issue (at least to a noticible extent).

First thinking it would be an issue with Graphics Drivers. My laptop is a HP Envy 15 with a 7th generation processor and an Intel 620 chipset. I used the oibaf/graphics-drivers ppa to update. It didn’t improve the situation except introduced a dissapointing grany screen displayed right after logging in that goes away after a couple seconds.

If you are intersted…

~# sudo add-apt-repository ppa:oibaf/graphics-drivers
~# sudo apt update
~# sudo apt upgrade -y

So it seems at least for the moment I will be stuck with VLC. I really with Totem would work smoothly one day.