NVIDIA VDPAU 180.11 test against .mts (AVCHD) and .mkv (Matroska/h264) playback


  • The artifacts and distortion of the video footage from my Canon HF100 occurs about every 3 seconds, and is really ugly. You can see them only on panning and zooming. The faster the uglier, It’s actually not usable like this. (See screenshot to your right. Click on image to enlarge). The Panasonic HDC-SD100 footage behaves also strange, and the same way it behaved with the 180.06 driver. The playback is without distortion but far too slow (factor 2).
  • Look here for a list of currently supported graphic adapters (supported GPU list)
  • The mplayer version is 27960, and svn tells me this:

    svn info
    Path: .
    URL: svn://svn.mplayerhq.hu/mplayer/trunk
    Repository Root: svn://svn.mplayerhq.hu/mplayer
    Repository UUID: b3059339-0415-0410-9bf9-f77b7e298cf2
    Revision: 27960
    Node Kind: directory
    Schedule: normal
    Last Changed Author: gpoirier
    Last Changed Rev: 27960
    Last Changed Date: 2008-11-19 17:41:59 +0100 (Wed, 19 Nov 2008)

  • The speed of the new driver doesn’t differ for me noticeably. It has the same good performance, like the 180.06 and is by far enough to be used on very old systems, like on a old Intel Celeron. The only point would be to feed the GPU with input from your hard disk fast enough.
  • All tests were done on an Ubuntu 8.10 x86_64 (Intrepid Ibex), and a Q6600 Intel Quadcore
    CPU: model name : Intel(R) Core(TM)2 Quad CPU Q6600 @ 2.40GHz


Read here how to test your installation.
Quick start:

/usr/local/src/mplayer-vdpau-3139462/mplayer -demuxer mkv /data/share/Video/Grey.mkv -vo vdpau -vc ffh264vdpau


My comment:

Seems like there’s still a long way to go, but I don’t actually mind, since I can play back AVCHD (.mts or .m2ts) footage from my Canon HF100 with CoreAVC and .mkv (Matroska) content is already very good suppported by mplayer natively.
The x264 encoding would be the next big thing, sicne we’re only talking about playback atm. But AVCHD authoring is something for the distant future I think, but hey – surprise me 🙂

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6 thoughts on “NVIDIA VDPAU 180.11 test against .mts (AVCHD) and .mkv (Matroska/h264) playback

  1. Thanks for your testing and report!
    For your information, I’ve tried the latest 180.11 with MythTV VDPAU trunk using Twinview and I’ve been able to watch MPEG2 1080i with deinterlacing!

    It seems that the VDPAU implementation is better with MythTV.

    OSD doesn’t show up for me, I also have the VSync ignored, but it’s surely gonna be great in a near future!

  2. @FMU
    Thnaks for your comment. I’ve heard about the MythTV team and their great progresses regarding the VDPAU integration. Would also be interesting to know, if they’ve got .mkv playback working.

  3. @acmelab68
    I ran some tests using MythVideo instead of watching recordings and the results are much better.

    Color OSD working fine, MPEG2 running almost perfect, still some vsync problems.
    MKV aren’t playing correctly. I was able to start playing every mkv files up to 40mbits but with stuttering/skipping frames, while the sound was playing okay.

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