Fedora 28 Planning For VA-API 1.0 Support
Written by Michael Larabel in Fedora on 30 January 2018 at 05:43 AM EST. 5 Comments
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The latest work by Fedora developers on feature work for Fedora 28 is shipping with VA-API 1.0 support for updated capabilities around the Video Acceleration API.

The VA-API 1.0.0 API/ABI is provided by the libva 2.0 video acceleration library. Libva 2.0 was released last October with H.264 FEI support in its API, deprecating older parts of the API, fixing a race condition with the Wayland support, renaming some parts of the API, improving the logging capabilities, and various other changes. Libva 2.0 broke API/ABI compatibility with older versions of this Intel-developed Video Acceleration API.

Now with Fedora 28 they are hoping to ship with this up-to-date version of VA-API. Their feature proposal, of course, includes ensuring packaged media players are rebuilt against libva 2.0 for compatibility.

Users of VA-API on Fedora can learn more about their F28 plans via this Wiki page. Fedora 28 is currently scheduled for release around mid-May.

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