AMD Releases Open-Source UVD Video Support
Phoronix: AMD Releases Open-Source UVD Video Support
Within the next few hours AMD will be publishing open-source driver code that exposes their Unified Video Decoder (UVD) engine on modern Radeon HD graphics cards. This will finally allow open-source graphics drivers to take advantage of hardware-accelerated video decoding. Read more details in this Phoronix exclusive.
If you'd published this a day (or two) earlier, I simply wouldn't have believed it...!
Originally Posted by phoronix
OK, there must be a DRM-related compromise somewhere in here. Does this mean that the HDMI connector will not and cannot initiate HDCP with this driver? I would consider that fair...
But anyway, thanks AMD!
Last edited by chrisr; 04-02-2013 at 07:46 PM.
There's no support for commonly used DRM / content protection techniques. So yes, no HDCP.
Originally Posted by chrisr
This may be the wrong question to ask, but for example my tv is HDCP, is it possible to disable HDCP (from the tv) so that this driver could be used? (Or is HDCP a requirement of HDMI?)
Originally Posted by twriter
OK, Thanks for that. The TV I use has both HDMI and DVI so even if HDMI that I am currently using doesnt work out, I can easily switch to DVI. I just need to fork up the cash for a long enough DVI cable if that turns out to be the case.
Originally Posted by bridgman
Your TV supports HDCP, but it should also operate without an encrypted connection. Otherwise, how would you hook up an older HDMI-based DVD player (or anything with component/composite cables)? As a general rule, TVs support HDCP, but they don't require it in most cases. Usually it's the device actually producing/playing the content that would refuse to produce output if HDCP isn't required (such as a Bluray player).
Originally Posted by duby229
In the case of a HTPC with a radeon hooked up to a TV, HDCP is unsupported, so all of the display output is sent from your video card to the TV through an unencrypted connection. As long as you're not trying to play back encrypted Bluray discs with software that requires the encryption, you'll be fine.
Oh OK, I think I understand now. So it is the player that will dictate whether or not the content requires HDCP. Which if the content is decrypted then even that requirement could be removed.
Originally Posted by Veerappan
Great news, but no RS880 [Radeon HD 4200] support ? I can live without video acceleration because most processors can handle video decoding these days, but I cannot live without proper power management and OpenCL support. I don't even care about 3D games, but please AMD consider OpenCL... because even though your processors are not the best nowadays your graphics cards are way better than those from Nvidia for GPGPU. I would really love to buy a 7990 if it had proper OpenCL support.
I am an nvidia user, but I can only say, good job amd , this is a great news for the opensource world