VDPAU – The NVIDIA 180.06 beta driver for Linux – or how to play back AVCHD with GPU acceleration

Now it’s time to test your installation. You can download some samples, like proposed in this README:

  • H.264:

    wget http://samples.mplayerhq.hu.nyud.net/V-codecs/h264/PAFF/Grey.ts
    ./mplayer -vo vdpau -vc ffh264vdpau Grey.ts
    wget http://samples.mplayerhq.hu.nyud.net/V-codecs/h264/nature_704x576_25Hz_1500kbits.h264
    ./mplayer -vo vdpau -vc ffh264vdpau nature_704x576_25Hz_1500kbits.h264

  • AVCHD (Canon HF100):

    wget http://mymediasystem.net/canon-hf100-17mbit-sample.mts
    ./mplayer -vo vdpau -vc ffh264vdpau -fps 50 canon-hf100-17mbit-sample.mts

  • AVCHD (Panasonic HDC-SD100):

    wget http://mymediasystem.net/panasonic-hdc-sd100-sample.mts
    ./mplayer -vo vdpau -vc ffh264vdpau -demuxer lavf panasonic-hdc-sd100-sample.mts

  • MPEG:

    wget http://inventaaustralia.zftp.com.nyud.net/videos/MPEGIO3MBPS30sec.mpg
    ./mplayer -vo vdpau -vc ffmpeg12vdpau MPEGIO3MBPS30sec.mpg

  • WMV3:

    wget http://download.microsoft.com.nyud.net/download/0/9/d/09d051c4-decc-4d39-9c57-f520187213a1/Amazing_Caves_720.exe
    unzip x Amazing_Caves_720.exe
    ./mplayer -vo vdpau -vc ffwmv3vdpau Amazing_Caves_720.wmv

  • VC-1:

    wget http://samples.mplayerhq.hu.nyud.net/V-codecs/WVC1/FlightSimX_720p60_51_15Mbps.wmv
    ./mplayer -vo vdpau -vc ffvc1vdpau FlightSimX_720p60_51_15Mbps.wmv

15 thoughts on “VDPAU – The NVIDIA 180.06 beta driver for Linux – or how to play back AVCHD with GPU acceleration

  1. “I’ve been waiting for this moment a very long time”

    I’ve been waiting for your review of this ever since nvidia announced it 🙂

    I havn’t found the list of supported GPU’s before, but just as I suspected it doesn’t look like my onboard nvidia 6400 (I think) is supported. Would be great to find out which onboard cards uses the least amount of power. At least one that can power down the GPU when it is not being used 🙂 I guess would probably would have to go for one of those 9×00 cards to get VC-1 support?

  2. @Anders Rune Jensen
    Hi Anders 🙂
    My card is a 8500GT, it’s a quite cheap model, and is being cooled passively. It’s not onboard. In the living-room I’m facing the same situation like you, since there’s an onboard 7025, which wouldn’t work.

  3. I just searched the local hardware dealer and indeed the Geforce 9400 cards are really cheap (~50 euro) and passively cooled, sadly its pci express. It seems like one of the biggest problems except for the stability is the tearing issue. How bad is it? Is it bad enough to make it completely unusable?

  4. @Anders Rune Jensen
    The whole thing is very very unasable. It’s realy only a feasibility test, nothing else. Tearing is one of many very evil bugs (System freezes and other)
    NVIDIA just wanted to piss into Intel’s and ATI’s garden.
    It’s really not worth to buy any GFX card righ now, only because of the release of 180.06. I thing we’ve got plenty of time.

    Btw: how did you do this thing with your avatar picture?

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  6. really good, but it would have saved me some work if you put the suported list in the begining. damm nvidia¬¬

  7. @nande
    Hold it! This is very much outdated. All Nvidia cards beginning with 8xxx suppose to work now.
    Please consider the posting date, and please look here at this Blog for a recent VDPAU article.
    The current nvidia drivers do support VDPAU out of the box, and a recent mplayer checkout doesn’t need special treatment anymore.

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