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Thread: Ubuntu to run an HTPC? (Hardware acceleration of Video Files)

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    Ubuntu to run an HTPC? (Hardware acceleration of Video Files)

    Hi, I was hoping to make a media centre / HTPC in the next few months.

    I'm most excited about using a Linux variant to run it, where I can spend a lot of time tweaking it. So if anyone has any advice on this please point me in the right direction.

    But most importantly, is there anyway to hardware accelerate video playback on Ubuntu (or any Linux)? So I could get a chipset where the majority of the video decoding was done off the CPU.

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    Re: Ubuntu to run an HTPC? (Hardware acceleration of Video Files)

    Hi,

    Hardware accelerated mpeg2 is possible with :

    - nvidia xvmc
    - some of the via epia boards
    - drx3-like pci cards
    - So called full featured TV cards : Hauppauge PVR for analog TV and all the Fujitsu-Siemens clones for Digital TV

    I'm using VDR which initially was developed around the Fujitsu-Siemens DVB cards (also known as Hauppauge Nexus, TechnoTrend 2300, ....)
    By know it also supports xvmc (nvidia), via epia, drx3, PVR-350.
    Software mpeg2 (and mpeg4-h.264) is possible too.

    http://www.linuxtv.org/vdrwiki/index.php/Main_Page

    There's also MythTV and LinuxMCE :

    http://www.mythbuntu.org/

    http://www.linuxmce.org/


    Sadly, there's no mpeg4-h.264 hardware acceleration available at the moment for linux.

    Greetings,
    Steven

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    Re: Ubuntu to run an HTPC? (Hardware acceleration of Video Files)

    Thanks for your reply. h.264 is, alas, the most important hardware acceleration I was looking for, which means for now that Linux just doesn't seem suitable for my HTPC

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    Re: Ubuntu to run an HTPC? (Hardware acceleration of Video Files)

    This is so sad. I really hope this changes sometime shortly.

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