Monthly Archives: February 2009

Nvidia 180.35 released: VC-1 surprice!

Nvidia released on 24th, of February their new Nvidia driver for Linux. The version 180.35 is a real surprise, since it is said to support now all Nvidia gfx cards starting with the 8 series regarding the VC-1 and WMV playback. The release note states also a few major fixes are fixed regarding malicious and/or interlaced mpeg streams. Also the performance on slow hardware should be better and a few other glitches should have been fixed also. Continue reading

No more patching: mplayer with official vdpau support

As of now it’s not necessary to patch mplayer for vdpau anymore.
I’ve just updated my mplayer with ‘svn up‘ to revision number 28699, and saw, that a new switch was added to the official mplayer subversion branch :-) :

./configure --help | grep -i vdpau
--enable-vdpau enable VDPAU acceleration [autodetect]

So no more patching is needed anymore. You can even leave out the switch, because it’s set to ‘[autodetect]‘. This will only be used of course, if you have Nvidia’s vdpau drivers installed. At the moment driver version 180.29 works fine for me here, and it’s also available from this experimental repository [1].

CoreAVC 1.9.0 for Linux (howto for Ubuntu Intrepid Ibex 8.10)

I stated here, I won’t touch CoreAVC for Linux anymore, because VDPAU is performing so well, but since so many visitors were attracted by my last short article about CoreAVC 1.9.0, I decided to look a bit closer at it.
I’ve compiled two versions of mplayer and they worked more or less good for me (read below): Continue reading

VDPAU: how to fix green screen problem with mplayer-vdpau-3482714

I’ve been getting a green screen playing back a few .mkv videos. The video stopped playing exactly after one minute and five seconds. I’ve reported this here, and I’ve tried a lot of silly things. The time I did this, I was using Nvidia 180.27 and the mplayer-vdpau-3402051.
Now, since the launchpad PPA repository for the nvidia-vdpau driver has been updated too, I’m on Nvidia driver version 180.29 and have also downloaded the new mplayer-vdpau-3482714. Continue reading

VDPAU without tearing

I’ve reported several times about tearing with Nvidia’s new VDPAU driver. Now it seems I’ve found a working solution for me, to get rid of this pretty ugly tearing effect. Here are my steps:

  • Use latest driver (>=180.27) from the launchpad PPA repository. Add these lines into your /etc/apt/sources.list if you are using Debian/Ubuntu. If not, get Nvidias installer here: x86, x86_64 Continue reading

VDPAU: VC-1 or which card to buy

This article answer the question where VC-1 is and probably will be used and how much.

For the impatient ones: Buy a 8400GT (G98) or 9300GT (G96), because you’ll never know ;-) (or see full list here)
And if you’ve already bought a graphics card, and want to know if your card is capable of playing back VC-1 content with Nvidia’s VDPAU, you can do this with this little tool: vdpinfo Continue reading

VDPAU: does my graphics card support VC-1

[UPDATE]Since Nvidia driver version 180.35 almost all Nvidia graphics cards starting with the 8xxx series are able to play back VC-1 content.[/UPDATE]
VC-1 is one of three open standards for HD DVD and more important these days, the Blu-Ray disk.

If you’ve already bought a graphics cards, and you are not certain if your card support VC-1 with Nvidias new VDPAU driver, you’ve got two possibilities to find out if your card does support VC-1 natively.
Install nvclock: Continue reading