I was finding that when watching some video files using VLC 2.0.6 (Twoflower) that I have on my hard drive, they were sputtering quite a bit (stopping and starting causing video and audio artifacts and dropouts). This is especially noticeable when I increase the playback rate above 1.0x.
These video files are small (around 300-700MB+) and my computer isn't that old (about 6 months). Its a Dell Inspiron N411Z computer with an Intel Core i5-2450M 2.5GHz, 6.00GB of RAM, 64-bit Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 OS with a rating of 4.8 (which is the graphics performance). The hard drive is a 500GB SATA drive with 8MB cache and 3GB transfer spinning at 5400RPM (complete specs can be found here).
Codec of one of the videos as reported by ffmpeg:
Stream #0:0: Video: mpeg4 (Advanced Simple Profile) (XVID / 0x44495658), yuv420p, 608x336 [SAR 1:1 DAR 38:21], 23.98 tbr, 23.98 tbn, 23.98 tbc Stream #0:1: Audio: mp3 (U / 0x0055), 48000 Hz, stereo, s16p, 32 kb/s
This is quite annoying, and I don't think it should be happening. I did see this question, but I don't think it's quite the same issue as that one only refers to video and not audio.
How many others have had this occur and what has your fix been?