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Post by trog @ 01:15pm 22/06/10 | 26 Comments
The awesome VLC Media Player has been updated to version 1.1.0, bringing GPU-accelerated decoding to video playback:
. GPU decoding on Windows Vista and 7, using DxVA2 for H.264, VC-1 and MPEG-2
. GPU decoding on GNU/Linux, using VAAPI for H.264, VC-1 and MPEG-2
. DSP decoding using OpenMax IL, for compatible embedded devices
. Improved support for MKV HD, including seeking fixes, and 7.1 channels codecs
. Support for new codecs, like Blu-Ray subtitles, MPEG-4 lossless and VP8
There's also a little snipe at Intel and ATI:
NB: so far, on Windows, VideoLAN is quite sad to be forced to recommend nVidiaģ GPU, until ATIģ fixes their drivers on Windows, and until VLC developer get access to some Intelģ hardware supporting GPU decoding.
You can download VLC now for Windows or for Mac OS X.



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d^
Posted 01:21pm 22/6/10
Nice snipe and nice find.
trog
Posted 01:27pm 22/6/10
Was just about to try it then I remembered I'm still on Windows XP :(
breno
Posted 01:52pm 22/6/10
hmm, its obviously good but i'm ignorant on this kinda thing, what are the benefits of GPU encoding?
thermite
Posted 01:57pm 22/6/10
Same reason your GPU handling any other graphics stuff is probably better.
trog
Posted 02:02pm 22/6/10
hmm, its obviously good but i'm ignorant on this kinda thing, what are the benefits of GPU encoding?
Basically, GPU decoding (note: not encoding) takes some of the load off your CPU when playing video. So in theory it should lead to a better/smoother playback and free your main CPU to do other things. If you have a supercomputer already though you might not notice any difference.
TiT
Posted 02:17pm 22/6/10
you notice this on ION motherboards :) love this... installing this straight away on my HTPC
Phooks
Posted 02:20pm 22/6/10
wait so this will let me play TF2 on higher graphics settings if i have vlc playing at the same time?

superb!
tequila
Posted 02:22pm 22/6/10
awesome, I wonder if their "linux" update includes osx support too
trillion
Posted 02:24pm 22/6/10
yeah might be a welcome alternative to people running AppleTV's and other lower end spec gear for watching HD

afaik this was only available (until recently it seems?) on UNIX/Linux through the use of this API and the XBMC developers recently-ish used it to promote a Broadcom Crystal HD mini-PCIE addin card that they had integrated the driver for into the projects codebase

just tested it on an IMAX 1080p with the GPU decoding (which is noted as experimental) and it seems to run less laggy than before and at noticably less than 100% CPU usage (silicon powah'd by a dual core 2.8Ghz) and way less laggsville than WinDVD or PowerDVD

1.1.0 gets a big approval scribble tick from me :P

last edited by trillion at 14:24:35 22/Jun/10
demon
Posted 02:46pm 22/6/10
i still get jerky framey playback in this version of vlc on my work comp which is running win7pro64 :/ it's fine if i just let the video play from start to finish but if i attempt to seek ahead it stutters & becomes framey for the next few seconds of playback.

it should also be noted that i get a similar thing in windows media player... except instead of being framey for a few seconds after the seek... it just freezes on one frame for a few seconds n then plays fine.

comp is a dual-core e6750 2.66ghz with 3gb of ram, nvidia 8800gt.
the video was a 1280x720 h264avc .avi
trillion
Posted 02:53pm 22/6/10
dont know if it will help your issue but you might try DXVA checker from here to see if vlc is actually using the driver api hooks, it should show up in a trace after refreshing

Pinky
Posted 03:24pm 22/6/10
@demon, I get a similar thing with Media Player Classic (with K-Lite codec install) on a comp with similar specs. If I skip forward in the vid then let it play it looks as if I have it on fast-forward for about 3 seconds and then lags for another 3 seconds and THEN starts to play properly.

I don't have the same issue in Windows Media Player though, so I'm guessing it's not a codec problem. I haven't tried to solve it yet but I want to because I hate WMP with a vengeance.
tequila
Posted 03:34pm 22/6/10
if you're on OSX you should be using Plex anyway, it has hardware decoding already
Midda
Posted 03:46pm 22/6/10
Windows Media Player already has GPU decoding too. I have Haali Media Splitter installed for MKV playback, and Ffdshow for the audio, and I can play everything.
trillion
Posted 05:29pm 22/6/10
yeah so does Media Player Classic Home Cinema however a quick comparison test seems to me that this version of vlc does it slightly better, it's just the vibe
Whoop
Posted 06:10pm 22/6/10
I wonder if this will finally make VLC stop being s*** in windows. Every time I try to use it the video looks like crap and if I use the mode in vlc that makes the video look better it disables aero. I don't have this issue with media player classic or the km player, it's only vlc.

if you're on OSX you should be using Plex anyway, it has hardware decoding already

I tried using it and couldn't for the life of me figure out how to add stuff to its media library, every time I tried it just sent me to the "about" page. Something the f*** was up.

Funnily enough VLC seems to work better for me in OSX than it does in windows.
Midda
Posted 06:14pm 22/6/10
yeah so does Media Player Classic Home Cinema however a quick comparison test seems to me that this version of vlc does it slightly better, it's just the vibe

I've definitely noticed that the h.264 decoder that Media Player Classic uses is inferior to others, particularly compared to CoreAVC and whatever one Windows 7 uses (which both seem very similar). I wouldn't be surprised if the VLC decoder is better than the one in MPC.
trog
Posted 07:31pm 22/6/10
Any ideas on how I can get this update on Ubuntu?
Yapa
Posted 07:39pm 22/6/10
ahhh VLC finally caught up to what MPC-HC has been doing for over 1 year? blah
Whoop
Posted 08:07pm 22/6/10
Any ideas on how I can get this update on Ubuntu?

Update manager not saying anything? Maybe it'll take a while to filter through to the repositories?
Charlie
Posted 09:18pm 22/6/10
you notice this on ION motherboards :) love this... installing this straight away on my HTPC


Not much of a HTPC if you're using VLC. Go a full package with sexy interface. I'm rocking Boxee at the moment and pretty happy (though I have IQ2 Foxtel so don't need tv tuner/recording)

Edit : I run a Zotac ION board too. The dual core one.

last edited by Charlie at 21:18:33 22/Jun/10
reLapse
Posted 09:39pm 22/6/10
Is the GPU decoding enabled by default?
neffo
Posted 09:40pm 22/6/10
Update manager not saying anything? Maybe it'll take a while to filter through to the repositories?


Yeah its not there. (Yet.)

If you are keen you are build from source though.
Tremble
Posted 10:09pm 22/6/10
They also took out ShoutCast support in this version because of pressure from aol.
This means no more 24/7 MST3K stream :(

VLC -> Media -> Open Network Stream -> http://99.198.118.250:8010

last edited by Tremble at 22:09:13 22/Jun/10
do0b
Posted 08:24am 23/6/10
lolololololol
Baxtor
Posted 11:40am 23/6/10
for you Ubuntu users who want to add it via Apt, you can add another repository.
issue these commands in terminal (as SuperUser) :
"add-apt-repository ppa:c-korn/vlc"
"apt-get update"

or you can build it from the binaries, or wait for Ubuntu repo's to update.

Ive noticed that my cpu usage is slightly less (i7 920), the seek has improved, and much (MUCH) less tearing during fast horizontal panning shots. gpu is a 4850.
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