[HOWTO] Workaround for a broken AVCHD playback with VDPAU on Karmic

The release of Karmic Koala inspired me to upgrade to this new Ubuntu 9.10 version and also to install the latest My Media System (a light Media Center for Linux), wich is version 1.1.2 actually. All was fine, beside the playback of AVCHD footage from my Canon HF100 FullHD camcorder. I’ve noticed already some time ago, AVCHD footage doesn’t work with the ‘-fps 50‘ switch anymore. The solution for the problem, so I wrote, was to use ‘-correct-pts‘ instead. Continue reading “[HOWTO] Workaround for a broken AVCHD playback with VDPAU on Karmic”

Nvidia 180.22 with VDPAU officially released

Nvidia released officially on 8. January 2009 their new x86 and x86_64 display driver for Linux.
There have been six prior Beta versions, which almost all were tested here. As of now Linux has an official support for hardware acceleration for H.264 / MPEG4/AVC encoded content, such as AVCHD (.mts, .m2ts, …) or Matroska (.mkv). Continue reading “Nvidia 180.22 with VDPAU officially released”

mplayer-vdpau: The "Error 23" issue

There are some .mkv files, that refuses to play with the latest mplayer-vdpau (nvidia-180.18 + mplayer-vdpau-3263604. The error code, they return is:

Error 23 at libvo/vo_vdpau.c:724

Some recommend at the nvidia forum to change line 94 in libvo/vo_vdpau, and set up the value below up to anything higher:
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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”

List of Currently Supported GPUs for NVIDIA's VDPAU hardware acceleration

Currently supported VDPAU GPUs
NVIDIA released on 14th of November 2008 a driver for Linux, which is capable of accelerating H.264 encoded content on hardware. What is called NVIDIA PureVideo and is available for Windows since 2006, is now also available for the UNIX world. This new driver is told to work also on Solaris and BSD. Here’s a list of currently supported NVIDIA GPUs. You won’t find the 7. and former series, as far as I understood it, they’ll never will support PureVideo. Continue reading “List of Currently Supported GPUs for NVIDIA's VDPAU hardware acceleration”

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

[UPDATE] Read here about the latest development of NVIDIA’s vdpau video output driver: Tag: vdpau
NVIDIA’s hardware acceleration for HD (H264) content is now reality since they published their first beta driver, the 180.06 on the 14th of November 2008. I’ve tested these new Beta driver here, and found a few bugs. I skipped the test of the driver 180.08 published 4 days later, but tested the 180.11 version from 2nd December, But before you continue: none of my found bugs were fixed. Only the OpenGL3.0 and other stuff I don’t need atm found their way into the new driver. The list below is short summary of the bugs I’ve found in the last 180.06 driver. All bugs are also present in the new one 180.11 driver. I won’t publish a new test if a new driver will be released, but simple update this section, and will add update comments to it: Continue reading “NVIDIA VDPAU 180.11 test against .mts (AVCHD) and .mkv (Matroska/h264) playback”

How to fix/repair broken Matroska (.mkv) files with Linux

A “two steps HOWTO” to fix your broken Matroska file.
Downloading High Definition(HD, 720p, 1080p, x264 encoded) content via torrent or other isn’t unusual nowadays anymore. Unfortunately such content is very big in size, and you have sometimes to wait a very long time until your latest serial has completely hit your hard disk drive. Sometimes it happens the only available source is an archive file (.rar) and you have to unrar it first, before you can watch it. And sometimes you encounter also this message on unpacking it: Continue reading “How to fix/repair broken Matroska (.mkv) files with Linux”