I have installed VLC player in Arch Linux. While playing videos it stutters (the same doesn't happens in Windows for the same videos).

Do I need to install any other package or codecs along with VLC for smooth video playback? I have installed the below packages.

pacman -Syu vlc  
pacman -Syu qt4(for GUI)

I am using GNOME (don't know if it affects apps).

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I had similar problems some time ago and my final solution after some research was to switch to MPlayer and its descendents. The original MPlayer has just a basic GUI, and I recommend using SMPlayer (not perfect but usable) or some other full-featured frontend, depending on your desktop environment.

I wasn't able to configure VLC to play certain DVDs smoothly on my system, and it's generally been a resource hog; you can use a CPU monitor to watch the difference. Before I was using xine, but it's outdated for quite some time now.

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    I specifically picked the MPlayer offshoot mpv in this situation
    – Ben M.
    Aug 13, 2017 at 3:20

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