FFmpeg Gets Mainline VDPAU Support
Written by Michael Larabel in Multimedia on 5 January 2009 at 02:17 PM EST. 17 Comments
When NVIDIA introduced VDPAU support in November for providing excellent GPU playback support on Linux they released a set of patches that enabled the Video Decode and Presentation API for Unix support within the FFmpeg and MPlayer projects. Initially it looked like these patches would not be accepted into the mainline code-base, but committed to the FFmpeg repository last night was support for VDPAU.

This patch adds in support for hardware-accelerated H.264 video decoding using VDPAU. The MPlayer support hopefully isn't far behind. MythTV and Xine have already added support for this video API.

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