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    Phoronix: AMD Releases Open-Source UVD Video Support

    Within the next few hours AMD will be publishing open-source driver code that exposes their Unified Video Decoder (UVD) engine on modern Radeon HD graphics cards. This will finally allow open-source graphics drivers to take advantage of hardware-accelerated video decoding. Read more details in this Phoronix exclusive.

    http://www.phoronix.com/vr.php?view=18602

  • #2
    Boggle....

    Originally posted by phoronix View Post
    Phoronix: AMD Releases Open-Source UVD Video Support

    Within the next few hours AMD will be publishing open-source driver code that exposes their Unified Video Decoder (UVD) engine on modern Radeon HD graphics cards.
    If you'd published this a day (or two) earlier, I simply wouldn't have believed it...!

    OK, there must be a DRM-related compromise somewhere in here. Does this mean that the HDMI connector will not and cannot initiate HDCP with this driver? I would consider that fair...

    But anyway, thanks AMD!
    Last edited by chrisr; 04-02-2013, 07:46 PM.

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    • #3
      Great news, but no RS880 [Radeon HD 4200] support ? I can live without video acceleration because most processors can handle video decoding these days, but I cannot live without proper power management and OpenCL support. I don't even care about 3D games, but please AMD consider OpenCL... because even though your processors are not the best nowadays your graphics cards are way better than those from Nvidia for GPGPU. I would really love to buy a 7990 if it had proper OpenCL support.

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      • #4
        I am an nvidia user, but I can only say, good job amd , this is a great news for the opensource world

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        • #5
          Firmware

          This should read "AMD Releases UVD Support For (Partially) Open Source Driver" instead, since likely 90% (the exciting part; if it's anything like on NV) of the UVD code is pre-compiled in the blob firmware ...
          (the percentage may be open for debate)
          Last edited by calim; 04-02-2013, 08:14 PM.

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          • #6
            Welcome Fatima, a grate article to start on

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            • #7
              This is great news!

              I wonder if there's any chance of their binary blob also coming to support VDPAU?

              Can't wait for benchmarks (hopefully accompanied by some objective looks at playback quality, IE tearing issues, etc.). This could actually make it worth using the open source driver instead of the proprietary one if it works well enough...

              In fact, it would make AMD worth serious consideration for Linux HTPCs if it works well...

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              • #8
                AMD , well done !

                Originally posted by phoronix View Post
                Phoronix: AMD Releases Open-Source UVD Video Support

                Within the next few hours AMD will be publishing open-source driver code that exposes their Unified Video Decoder (UVD) engine on modern Radeon HD graphics cards. This will finally allow open-source graphics drivers to take advantage of hardware-accelerated video decoding. Read more details in this Phoronix exclusive.

                http://www.phoronix.com/vr.php?view=18602


                AMD , well done !

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                • #9
                  Originally posted by wargames View Post
                  but please AMD consider OpenCL...
                  Isn't they already working on OpenCL?

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                  • #10
                    AMD is rocking much more as time passes!

                    I have a radeon HD 6000 series and it runs everything I throw to it I use the closed source driver but this news is definitely good. Having a nice out of the box experience without installing the proprietary driver is nice when you are on a hurry. This is especially true when you are running videos directly from the web browser.

                    I would like then to make a product line similar to that of nvidia tegra based or arm devices.

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                    • #11
                      This is fantastic news! Congrats to brigdman and the team! 3D and opencl seem to be moving along at a resonable pace. Nail power managment and you are golden!

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                      • #12
                        Doesn't his mean that the Radeon driver now has better video acceleration support then Catalyst?

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                        • #13
                          Wonderful!!!

                          I hope to see more UVD news

                          And wellcome Fatima.

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                          • #14
                            Great!

                            Bridgman, when will UVD1 support (I'm thinking of the HD3200M/RS780M in my laptop) come?
                            Is it in the works?

                            @wargames: Have you really been out of the loop for the past year (link)?
                            HD7xxx has been mainly in bring-up, though...so OpenCL was lower priority.
                            Now there's some work on it though:
                            AMD Publishes Compute Support For RadeonSI
                            Last edited by Ibidem; 04-02-2013, 10:15 PM. Reason: Radeon-si opencl

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                            • #15
                              Originally posted by Figueiredo View Post
                              This is fantastic news! Congrats to brigdman and the team! 3D and opencl seem to be moving along at a resonable pace. Nail power managment and you are golden!
                              I've been helping out where I can, but Tim Writer has been driving this for most of the last year.

                              There's a *big* list of technical and legal folks who helped with this one... I guess we should have hidden an easter egg in the code somewhere with all their names, but it's hard to hide things like that in open source

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