Am I the only one who read the blog entry and found that: "The Poulsbo (US15W) video driver may be Open Source'd by Q4 2009"??
well that's even better!
When XvBA works so well why didn't ATI ship headers to use it? Also some programming examples would not hurt too...
What you are right about is the adoption and marketing side of it, which by no means hinder the truth value of your argument. Even the technical side is different, the real situation is again reflected by your argument.
I wanted to point that the fact of being better and being first doesn't always bring victory but instead of writing it directly, I injected the whole idea to the post.
VA-API on the other hand is badly documented, if at all, and seems to be missing out some of the functionality provided by VDPAU.
The question was about mature and complete. VA API is just that:
- complete: supports more codecs and video encode acceleration
- mature: well, it has been around for a long time, though implementations were not public. There are at least 4 (if not 5), "native" implementations, i.e. real drivers, not counting my bridges.
Now, as I said, applications support is weaker due to initial lack of drivers, but it's as trivial to add as for VDPAU. So, this can change quite easily.
GEM vs TTM
XvBA vs X-Video vs VDPAU vs VA-API
When will this API/subsystem nightmare end? Please make a unified API for hardware video decoding, this is a pain in the ass...
06/26/2009: Version 14.02.17
- Bug Fixes
- XRandR support
- VDPAU support
- KMS Support
The S3 Graphics Accelerated Linux Driver Set support:
* Linux Kernel 2.6.x
* X.Org X11R7.x with H/W 2D acceleration through XAA or EXA
* SAMM / MAMM / Xinerama with multiple display
* DVI dual-link up to 2560x1600 resolution
* 90/180/270 degree display rotation
* H/W accelerated direct-rendering OpenGL 3.0 API
* H/W accelerated indirect-rendering OpenGL 2.1 API
* Composite Desktop with AIGLX / Compiz
* Full featured RandR 1.2 function
* Kernel mode setting with standalone module
* Full H.264, VC-1, WMV9 and MPEG-2 VLD bitstream H/W decoding
through VDPAU or VA-API driver
This README describes how to install, configure, and use the S3 Graphics
Accelerated Linux Driver Set.
I don't know if it materialized, but this is _really_ the way to go!