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Open-Source GStreamer VA-API Plug-In Support

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Published on 10 May 2010 12:21 PM EDT
Written by Michael Larabel in Free Software
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Our friends at the French-based Splitted Desktop Systems that developed the NVIDIA VDPAU back-end for VA-API and similarly provide an AMD XvBA back-end for VA-API -- that is the only method right now for utilizing XvBA right now -- have furthered their Linux video contributions today. Splitted Desktop Systems has released an experimental set of open-source GStreamer plug-ins that support VA-API.

The gstreamer-vaapi package provides a collection of plug-ins so that this media framework can take advantage of this video acceleration API that's exposed either directly or via one of Splitted's back-ends to most Linux graphics hardware. These plug-ins are fully open-source and support MPEG-2, MPEG-4, H.264, VC-1, and WMV formats. This Splitted Desktop Systems code also supports OpenGL rendering through VA/GLX or GLX texture-from-pixmap + FBO.

The release announcement that contains all of the details concerning these open-source VA-API plug-ins for GStreamer can be found on their development list.

Two months ago there was the release of a new Fluendo Codec Pack that provides legal plug-ins for GStreamer at a cost with VA-API and VDPAU support, but now there is this open-source alternative thanks to Splitted Desktop Systems.

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Michael Larabel is the principal author of Phoronix.com and founded the web-site in 2004 with a focus on enriching the Linux hardware experience and being the largest web-site devoted to Linux hardware reviews, particularly for products relevant to Linux gamers and enthusiasts but also commonly reviewing servers/workstations and embedded Linux devices. Michael has written more than 10,000 articles covering the state of Linux hardware support, Linux performance, graphics hardware drivers, and other topics. Michael is also the lead developer of the Phoronix Test Suite, Phoromatic, and OpenBenchmarking.org automated testing software. He can be followed via and or contacted via .
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