FFmpeg's ffplay Media Player Adds Vulkan Renderer

Written by Michael Larabel in Multimedia on 18 November 2023 at 06:46 AM EST. 6 Comments
The FFmpeg multimedia library has been making progress with its Vulkan Video API support while this week an interesting change was merged for ffplay, FFmpeg's built-in simple multimedia player. The ffplay player now has a built-in Vulkan renderer provided by libplacebo as an optional means of hardware acceleration.

As an alternative to ffplayer's SDL-based built-in renderer, ffplayer can now optionally use a Vulkan GPU-based renderer provided by the libplacebo library. This optional hardware accelerated decoding support for ffplay was contributed by a Tencent developer.

With the FFmpeg Git code as of this week, the ffplay program now accepts a "-hwaccel" option for specifying hardware acceleration and there is also a new argument for passing any Vulkan parameters.

See this FFmpeg commit if interested in more details on this Vulkan hardware acceleration coming to FFmpeg's ffplay media player.
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