Phoronix: VLC Media Player To Receive VDPAU Support
Back when NVIDIA introduced VDPAU they had provided a set of patches that implemented this video API within the MPlayer and FFmpeg projects. Since the introduction of the Video Decode and Presentation API for Unix, the community has come up with VDPAU support for MythTV and most recently the Xine media player picked up VDPAU support. This afternoon we now have word that the VLC media player will be picking up VDPAU support. The VLC project currently has two developers working on implementing this video API that currently is only used by NVIDIA's binary driver...
Well, with fglrx 8.12 there is a package called libamdxvba1 and Xorg.0.log reports that UVD2 is available, so I hope, that AMD wont be left behind and will bring some interesting changes with upcoming drivers ;-)
Well that package would not work because the .cap file is missing. With my script I add the missing file, but there is no header to compile any app against it.
Isn't it be possible to dump the symbols and deduce the header from the mangled names? I think Michael said that Amd's API is a simple extension to the existing video decode acceleration (sorry, I can't remember yet another acronym ) - I'm not saying it's worth the effort, but it could make for a fun afternoon.
What is bad about the linux implementation from ati (even before we know any details about it's implentation) is the fac that it only supports uvd2 which severly limits the number of users able to take advantage of said acceleration vs nvidia which accepts all gpu's with video decode capability.
Whats funny is that uvd is far more capable than the first iteration of nvidia purevideoHD
Well VDPAU is for me unstable and has tearing. I guess it will still take a few month till those bugs are solved. Don't know how far ATI is with their implementation. But they need to release also a sample code not to stay behind Nvidia.