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:

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 “VDPAU: does my graphics card support VC-1”

VDR-Xine Plugin now with VDPAU support (HOWTO)

[UPDATE]Read here, how to install VDR on Karmic Koala with Binary Packages.[/UPDATE] Reinhard Nissl managed to get his vdr-xine plugin going with Nvidia’s vdpau hardware acceleration support. What does mean HDTV and H.264 (mpeg4/avc) hardware acceleration is reality now on Linux! YES!
He instructed me on IRC#xine-vdpau and guided me through the installation process. He had enormous patience, and didn’t stop to help me, although my whole system is a real mess now, because of all my try-outs regarding xine, mlayer and vdpau compilations and installations. I still have difficulties with two channels. Some reported a flawless playback. Continue reading “VDR-Xine Plugin now with VDPAU support (HOWTO)”

Mplayer-vdpau: Matroska (.mkv) and AVCHD (.mts) now both working

Nvidia released on 22th its new vdpau driver version 180.18, but not the corresponding mplayer-vdpau. One day later they also released a new mplayer-vdpau. The version 3263604.
I’ve reported a more or less working TwinView for vdpau version 180.18 on a x86_64 Ubuntu 8.10 (Intrepid Ibex), but today the situation look a bit different: Continue reading “Mplayer-vdpau: Matroska (.mkv) and AVCHD (.mts) now both working”

Ion – a tiny Media PC from Nvidia

First of all, the new thing about it isn’t its size, but its ability to work together with on Atom CPU from Intel. That’s not usual, since there’s been only one chip-set available so far, which is design to work with on Atom CPU, and that’s Intel’s 945GM. Now the GeForce 9400M chip-set will be able to cooperate with Intel’s low power and low buget CPU, the Atom. And you’ve read right. Continue reading “Ion – a tiny Media PC from Nvidia”

NVIDIA's VDPAU Driver, Version 180.16 – Hardware Acceleration for HD content (H.264) with major improvements.

I’ve just downloaded the latest NVIDIA 180.16 driver from 12th December, 2008 and tested it.

Follow the intructions here if you like to install NVIDIA’s Beta driver on a Ubuntu 8.10 (Intrepid Ibex).

NVIDIA writes in the mplayer’s README.txt: Continue reading “NVIDIA's VDPAU Driver, Version 180.16 – Hardware Acceleration for HD content (H.264) with major improvements.”

We're not there yet: xine-lib-1.2, VDPAU, and VDR 1.7.x (H.264/HDTV)

[UPDATE]Read here, how to install VDR on Karmic Koala with Binary Packages.[/UPDATE]
I’m running a patched VDR 1.7.0 with a SkyStar HD (with the Technotrend DVB S2 3200 driver), a svn xine-lib-1.2 and the H264 capable vdr-xine plugin fron Mr. Nissl. (See here the whole thread).

Actually there are two ways to run VDR 1.7 in HD mode. One with the native xine-lib-1.2, which uses ffmpeg behind the scenes, of course. Or one can use a special xine-plugin which is able to use CoreAVC’s CoreAVCDecoder.ax library. Continue reading “We're not there yet: xine-lib-1.2, VDPAU, and VDR 1.7.x (H.264/HDTV)”

KOGAN AGORA MOBILE PHONE FEATURING ANDROID ™ – The iPhone killer?

Saw yesterday pictures of an upcoming mobile phone with Android. And read and saw amazed the specs and pictures of this device. Especially the prize took me by surprise. $299 Australian Dollar.
The new KOGAN AGORA offers:

  • 2.5-inch TFT-LCD flat touch-sensitive screen.
  • Integrated QWERTY keyboard.
  • High-speed 3G network connection.
  • One-Touch Google Search ™.
  • Easy Web Browsing.
  • Easy-to-use email with attachment support for images, videos, music and documents.
  • Customisable Home Screen with instant Email, text message and IM notifications.
  • Instant access to mobile Internet services (Gmail ™, YouTube ™, Google Talk ™, Google Calendar ™, Google Maps ™).
  • Music Player.
  • Bluetooth® 2.0 with Enhanced Data Rate
  • microSD™ expansion slot for all your storage needs.
  • Continue reading “KOGAN AGORA MOBILE PHONE FEATURING ANDROID ™ – The iPhone killer?”