What is it
he API is called VDPAU (Video Decode and Presentation API for Unix). It provides a large subset of PureVideo HD functionality for NVIDIA Linux, Solaris, and FreeBSD users.
The current API documentation is here:
Some highlights of VDPAU:
* Defines an API for GPU-accelerated decode of MPEG-1, MPEG-2, H.264, and VC-1 bitstreams. * Defines an API for post-processing of decoded video, including temporal and spatial deinterlacing, inverse telecine, and noise reduction. * Defines an API for timestamp-based presentation of final video frames. * Defines an API for compositing sub-picture, on-screen display, and other UI elements.
Note that VDPAU does not address content protection.
Some highlights/limitations of NVIDIA's current implementation:
* Supported on NVIDIA GPUs with the NVIDIA second generation video processors (see the end of this announcement for a complete GPU list). * Currently, only one video stream can be decoded at a time; we hope to lift this restriction eventually. * Available in the 180.06 NVIDIA public beta release: http://www.nvidia.com/object/linux_d...32_180.06.html http://www.nvidia.com/object/linux_d...64_180.06.html http://www.nvidia.com/object/freebsd_180.06.html http://www.nvidia.com/object/solaris...ay_180.06.html
The VDPAU support in the NVIDIA 180.06 beta release is still very preliminary. We are aware of cases of visual corruption and in some cases GPU hangs. We will be working on these issues over the next several NVIDIA driver releases.
While NVIDIA's VDPAU implementation is not ready for end user use yet, it should be far enough along that interested application developers can begin working with it.
Additionally, NVIDIA has developed patches to ffmpeg and MPlayer to demonstrate a video player using VDPAU:
These patches include changes against libavcodec, libavutil, ffmpeg, and MPlayer itself; they may serve as an example of how to use VDPAU.
Once we do some further testing, bugfixing, and cleanup, we will contribute the MPlayer patches to the MPlayer developers.
If other hardware vendors are interested, they are welcome to also provide implementations of VDPAU. The VDPAU API was designed to allow a vendor backend to be selected at run time.
VDPAU is currently supported on the following NVIDIA GPUs:
- GeForce 200 Series
- GeForce 9 Series
- GeForce 86xx Series
- GeForce 85xx Series
- GeForce 84xx Series
- GeForce 8300 GS
- GeForce 8800 GTS 512
- GeForce 8800 GT
- GeForce 8800 GS
- GeForce 98xxM
- GeForce 9700M
- GeForce 96xxM
- GeForce 9500M
- GeForce 9300M
- GeForce 9200M
- GeForce 8800M
- GeForce 8800M GTS
- GeForce 8800M GTX
- GeForce 8600M
- GeForce 8400M
- GeForce 9400
- GeForce 9300
- GeForce 9100
- GeForce 8300
- GeForce 8200
VC-1 support in NVIDIA's VDPAU implementation currently requires GeForce 9300 GS, GeForce 9200M GS, GeForce 9300M GS, or GeForce 9300M GS.
|Chipset||Onboard/Allocated Memory||Driver||De-interlacer||SVN Ver||Source||OSD||Theme||Window Manager||Display res||Working||CPU Usage when playing||Comments|
|Asus 8300GS||256mb||Beta 180.11||None||r19260||HDHomeRun mpeg2 720p and 1080i||isthmus||Blootube Wide||Fluxbox||1080p||Yes||Athlon X2 64 5700 4-5%||720p is reliable but 1080 i get not enought memory errors.|