VDPAU API H.265 / HEVC Decoding Lands In Mainline
Written by Michael Larabel in NVIDIA on 9 February 2015 at 04:22 PM EST. 33 Comments
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NVIDIA today finally mainlined their Video Decode and Presentation API for Unix (VDPAU) support for handling video decode of H.265 / HEVC.

For months NVIDIA's been working on H.265/HEVC for VDPAU while finally today the support was committed to libvdpau, the VDPAU library used by not only the closed-source NVIDIA driver but also the VDPAU Gallium3D state tracker, etc.

The VDPAU API support to H.265/HEVC decoding targets v1 of the Rec. ITU-T H.265 (04/2013) specification. A follow-on patch will implement the v2 patch support. The initial support landed with this Git commit.


Landing is just the VDPAU API bits and not any driver-specific implementations that all live outside of libvdpau. With NVIDIA's binary Linux blob, the GeForce GTX 900 series graphics cards are needed for handling hardware-accelerated H.265 video decoding.

Intel's competing VA-API library already has an H.265 decode API as another option for Linux users too.
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