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  • #21
    Originally posted by Chewi View Post
    I don't think it's that bad in practise. My optical drive packed up recently so I did some research to determine whether it was worth buying a Blu-ray drive now. I concluded that it was. Only BD+ titles, which are currently limited to Fox, pose a significant problem, and even those can be played with a little more effort. The rest just work, more or less. I don't buy many films as I don't tend to rewatch so I rent them by post instead. If there's one title I want that I know to be problematic, I'll just choose DVD instead, but that hasn't happened yet.
    It doesn't change the fact that you have to crack its DRM to be able to see it. And doing that is also extremely situational, where new Blu-rays can and do make old Blu-rays not work any more. With DVDs it's the same thing, just that it's much easier to crack the DVD DRM.

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    • #22
      Originally posted by GreatEmerald View Post
      I'm pretty sure the LAN comes from the same place where Client does. As in, Video LAN Client and Video LAN Server were originally created for streaming video over LAN on a campus. Now the name is completely deprecated and thus the VLC acronym has no actual meaning.
      Sorry, i didn't explain very well. What i meant was, VLC could stream video over a LAN because of it's pipeline architecture (or the architecture was designed that way to allow for that usage). That's different than a standard video player that just dumps the decoded video straight into the gpu video buffer for display.

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      • #23
        Ah, all right, that makes sense.

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        • #24
          Originally posted by Awesomeness View Post
          That is what we IT experts refer to as a bug. VDPAU decoding is (IIRC according to a videolan.org forum post) still declared experimental in 2.1.0 and will be off by default.
          It already supports libva so just use libva-vdpau

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          • #25
            Originally posted by Thaodan View Post
            It already supports libva so just use libva-vdpau
            Has that thing ever worked for anybody? At least for me it didn't.

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            • #26
              Originally posted by Awesomeness View Post
              Has that thing ever worked for anybody? At least for me it didn't.
              Neither for me.
              Probably it works only for amd/intel users, or for intel only.

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              • #27
                Originally posted by Awesomeness View Post
                Has that thing ever worked for anybody? At least for me it didn't.
                As far as I know. Is there a way to test it and be sure that it works?

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                • #28
                  Originally posted by mark45 View Post
                  Neither for me.
                  Probably it works only for amd/intel users, or for intel only.
                  nvidia gt 670 run perfectly, without it, 25% cpu, with it, 13%.

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                  • #29
                    Originally posted by Thaodan View Post
                    As far as I know. Is there a way to test it and be sure that it works?
                    How about vainfo?

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                    • #30
                      Originally posted by GreatEmerald View Post
                      How about vainfo?
                      Code:
                      $ vainfo
                      libva info: VA-API version 0.33.0
                      libva info: va_getDriverName() returns 0
                      libva info: Trying to open /usr/lib64/va/drivers/r600_drv_video.so
                      libva info: va_openDriver() returns -1
                      vaInitialize failed with error code -1 (unknown libva error),exit
                      
                      $ ls /usr/lib64/va/drivers
                      nvidia_drv_video.so  s3g_drv_video.so  vdpau_drv_video.so
                      Aha! So I was missing a symlink. After pointing r600_drv_video.so to vdpau_drv_video.so, I get...

                      Code:
                      $ vainfo
                      libva info: VA-API version 0.33.0
                      libva info: va_getDriverName() returns 0
                      libva info: Trying to open /usr/lib64/va/drivers/r600_drv_video.so
                      libva info: Found init function __vaDriverInit_0_33
                      libva info: va_openDriver() returns 0
                      vainfo: VA-API version: 0.33 (libva 1.1.1)
                      vainfo: Driver version: Splitted-Desktop Systems VDPAU backend for VA-API - 0.7.4
                      vainfo: Supported profile and entrypoints
                            VAProfileMPEG2Simple            :	VAEntrypointVLD
                            VAProfileMPEG2Main              :	VAEntrypointVLD
                            VAProfileH264Baseline           :	VAEntrypointVLD
                            VAProfileH264Main               :	VAEntrypointVLD
                            VAProfileH264High               :	VAEntrypointVLD
                            VAProfileVC1Simple              :	VAEntrypointVLD
                            VAProfileVC1Main                :	VAEntrypointVLD
                            VAProfileVC1Advanced            :	VAEntrypointVLD
                      Looks good. I don't have a Blu-ray to try it with just now.

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