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  1. #31
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    Re: HOWTO: VLC + VAAPI in Maverick

    so i've updated to the newest flash (10.2) with GPU-Acceleration and am henceforth able to play even videos with a hd-resultion of 1080p (this video), while my cpu usage doesn't exceed 50%.
    I have just followed your howto and in the process enabled GPU in Preferences->Input/Codecs->Use GPU Acceleration.
    Yet, when I download that same Video and play it in VLC it doesn't work at all (cpu at 100%, a new frame every 10-20 seconds). I guess thats because it's in that flv-container.
    But even if I download an mp4/h264-Video in 1080p it has occasional stutters and cpu on average between 85 and 95%.
    How is it that flash works so much better, when before 10.2 I couldn't even play 480p-Videos flawlessly? Anyway to improve vlc-performance?

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    Re: HOWTO: VLC + VAAPI in Maverick

    I installed the newest ATI Driver (Catalyst 11.3 / 8.83) with tutorial from wiki.cchtml. Then I installed libva, libva-dev, libva-dbg and xvba-video from splitted-desktop.
    vainfo says:
    Code:
    libva: libva version 0.32.0-sds2
    Xlib:  extension "XFree86-DRI" missing on display ":0.0".
    libva: va_getDriverName() returns 0
    libva: Trying to open /usr/lib/va/drivers/fglrx_drv_video.so
    libva: va_openDriver() returns 0
    vainfo: VA API version: 0.32
    vainfo: Driver version: Splitted-Desktop Systems XvBA backend for VA-API - 0.7.8
    vainfo: Supported profile and entrypoints
          VAProfileH264High               :    VAEntrypointVLD
          VAProfileVC1Advanced            :    VAEntrypointVLD
    So it seems to be kind of working.
    Next I installed vlc with the PPA by Temüjin but when I try to open a video file (both .avi and .mkv) it says:
    Code:
    No suitable decoder module:
     VLC does not support the audio or video format "mp4v". Unfortunately there is no way for you to fix this.
     No suitable decoder module:
     VLC does not support the audio or video format "h264". Unfortunately there is no way for you to fix this.
    Can you see anything I did wrong?

    I'm using:
    AMD Athlon Neo Processor MV-40 1.6 GHz | 3GB DDR2 RAM | AMD ATI Mobility Radeon HD3200 | Ubuntu Maverick
    Last edited by SirBelial; April 23rd, 2011 at 10:07 PM.

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    Re: HOWTO: VLC + VAAPI in Maverick

    Quote Originally Posted by SirBelial View Post
    AMD ATI Mobility Radeon HD3200
    from the wiki...
    If you have an older RadeonHD with UVD, you can use Catalyst 10-7 to get working acceleration, but users have confirmed acceleration broken since then.
    Unfortunately, this applies to your GPU.

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    Re: HOWTO: VLC + VAAPI in Maverick

    Crap, that's what I feared when I started reading about UVD.
    I'm thinking about sending back the ThinkPad X100e with a single core to get one with a dual core (2x 1,6Ghz). Do you think that the new CPU will be enough to at least decode 720p mkvs?

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    Re: HOWTO: VLC + VAAPI in Maverick

    Another question:
    what is the weak link in the chain that doesn't make it work?
    The GPU is able to do video decode acceleration, since it works with Windows 7 and DxVA.
    So what's the problem? Catalyst? Any of the packages?
    (I don't have a good understanding on how it's supposed to work)
    So is there a possibility that in the future this weak link will be expanded to include GPUs with UVD(1)?

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    Re: HOWTO: VLC + VAAPI in Maverick

    Quote Originally Posted by SirBelial View Post
    what is the weak link in the chain that doesn't make it work?
    UVD cards worked as well as UVD2 until Catalyst 10-8, so something changed there. Oddly enough, I don't see a bug report for it on AMD's bugzilla, but it's a well-known issue.

    You're guess is as good as anyone's when/if it will be fixed.

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    Re: HOWTO: VLC + VAAPI in Maverick

    On my HP dm1 with AMD Fusion, I installed libva1, libva1-dev, and vlc from https://launchpad.net/~dtl131/+archive/catalysthacks and xvba_video from http://www.splitted-desktop.com/~gbe...ne/xvba-video/ . After adding a symlink and setting LIBVA_DRIVER_NAME to fglrx (or xvba), vainfo works and gives

    ibva: libva version 0.32.0-sds2
    libva: User requested driver 'fglrx'
    libva: Trying to open /usr/lib/va/drivers/fglrx_drv_video.so
    libva: va_openDriver() returns 0
    vainfo: VA API version: 0.32
    vainfo: Driver version: Splitted-Desktop Systems XvBA backend for VA-API - 0.7.8
    vainfo: Supported profile and entrypoints
    VAProfileH264High : VAEntrypointVLD
    VAProfileVC1Advanced : VAEntrypointVLD


    However, vlc fails to use va-api and outputs

    libva: libva version 0.32.0-sds2
    libva: User requested driver 'fglrx'
    libva: Trying to open /usr/lib/va/drivers/fglrx_drv_video.so
    libva: va_openDriver() returns 0
    [0x3460300] avcodec decoder warning: Failed to open VA API


    Any ideas?

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    Re: HOWTO: VLC + VAAPI in Maverick

    Quote Originally Posted by nefan View Post
    However, vlc fails to use va-api and outputs

    libva: libva version 0.32.0-sds2
    libva: User requested driver 'fglrx'
    libva: Trying to open /usr/lib/va/drivers/fglrx_drv_video.so
    libva: va_openDriver() returns 0
    [0x3460300] avcodec decoder warning: Failed to open VA API


    Any ideas?
    Ok, this is a very idiotic question, but have you already installed fglrx? I'd used the method you have described, and (crazily) the drivers in catalyst-hacks do not depend on fglrx.

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    Re: HOWTO: VLC + VAAPI in Maverick

    thanks, but fglrx is installed. /usr/lib/va/drivers/fglrx_drv_video.so is a symlink to xvba_drv_video.so - I'm not sure if that is right. If I set LIBVA_DRIVER_NAME to xvba instead of fglrx, I get

    libva: libva version 0.32.0-sds2
    libva: User requested driver 'xvba'
    libva: Trying to open /usr/lib/va/drivers/xvba_drv_video.so
    libva: va_openDriver() returns 0

    i.e, it now tries to open /usr/lib/va/drivers/xvba_drv_video.so . I'm not sure I use LIBVA_DRIVER_NAME correctly but if I don't set it, vlc segfaults.

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