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XBMC 9.04 w/ VDPAU, Updated Codecs, Etc

Multimedia

Published on 06 May 2009 02:29 PM EDT
Written by Michael Larabel in Multimedia
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The XBMC media player (formerly known as X-Box Media Center) has reached a new milestone with its 9.04 "Babylon" release. This updated open-source media player integrates VDPAU support for offloading video decoding to supported NVIDIA GPUs (as our benchmarks show it improved HD video playback), UPnP MediaServer compliant with DLNA standard, PulseAudio sound server support, there are new karaoke features, and numerous other options have been added in XBMC 9.04.

XBMC has also upgraded against the latest FFmpeg code-base to provide support for several new codecs too. Additionally, XBMC now has a D-Bus server, support for PowerPC on Mac OS X, new music and movie scrapers, and an improved GUI/skinning framework.

More on XBMC 9.04 can be read about on the XBMC web-site while the complete change-log can be found on the 9.04 milestone Trac.

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