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VA-API Adds Support For VP8 Video Encoding

Intel

Published on 19 July 2014 09:17 AM EDT
Written by Michael Larabel in Intel
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Intel developers have added support for VP8 video encoding to the open-source Video Acceleration API.

Hitting the mainline VA-API acceleration library (libva) this week was initial support for VP8 encoding. This VP8 encoding support now complements the MPEG-2 and H.264 encoding support of VA-API. A few months ago, VP8 decoding support was added to the Video Acceleration API. This will allow for VP8 video encoding to be done on the GPU of supported hardware/drivers rather than the CPU, assuming you're using a framework like GStreamer that is able to take advantage of VA-API. The timing of this code is for the upcoming Broadwell processors with their graphics cores having VP8 support, albeit no hardware support yet for VP9.

VA-API Adds Support For VP8 Video Encoding


The VP8 encoding support hit libva with this commit but there hasn't yet been any VA-API Intel driver commits for supporting it by their graphics hardware. Broadwell is expected to be out in time for Christmas while a few weeks ago we discovered the Broadwell graphics marketing names.

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