VA-API

VA-API is the Video Acceleration API that's largely developed by Intel as a means of GPU-based video encode/decode acceleration. VA-API is supported by the Intel Linux graphics driver, the Poulsbo driver, and there's a now unmaintained VA-API state tracker to Gallium3D. There is also a VDPAU back-end to VA-API for using VA-API applications with NVIDIA graphics hardware and separately the VDPAU state tracker.

Additional Information: freedesktop.org/wiki/Software/vaapi

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VA-API Articles & Reviews

ASRock P67 Pro3   Motherboards   14 Mar 2011
Intel Sandy Bridge VA-API Performance   Display Drivers   07 Mar 2011
Some Good & Bad News For The Nouveau Driver   Display Drivers   10 Jan 2011
S3 Graphics Releases Linux Driver With OpenGL 3.0,...   Display Drivers   27 Feb 2009
A NVIDIA VDPAU Back-End For Intel's VA-API   Display Drivers   03 Feb 2009
Mplayer, FFmpeg Gain VA-API Support   Software   24 Dec 2008

VA-API Linux News

VA-API 1.0 Video Acceleration Is Approved For Fedora...   Fedora   18 Feb 2018
Fedora 28 Planning For VA-API 1.0 Support   Fedora   30 Jan 2018
Radeon VCN Gets Mesa Patches For HEVC Main Video...   AMD   25 Jan 2018
It Looks Like VLC 3.0 Will Finally Be Released Soon   Multimedia   13 Dec 2017
Intel Releases New Linux Media Driver For VA-API   Intel   01 Dec 2017
FFmpeg Lands OpenCL Improvements   Multimedia   23 Nov 2017
Intel 2017Q3 Graphics Stack Recipe Released   Intel   19 Nov 2017
GStreamer Conference 2017 Videos   Multimedia   22 Oct 2017
Chrome Working On JPEG Encode Accelerator With...   Google   18 Oct 2017
VA-API Gets Extended With Flexible Encoding...   X.Org   02 Sep 2017
AMD Patches MJPEG Decoding For VA-API Gallium3D   AMD   15 Aug 2017
Intel Gemini Lake Supports 10-bit VP9 Decoding   Intel   02 Aug 2017
VA-API Video Acceleration On The Linux Desktop Is...   Google   22 Jul 2017
MPV 0.26 Media Player Released   Multimedia   18 Jul 2017
Ubuntu 17.10: Continued Work On VA-API, Switching To...   Ubuntu   14 Jul 2017
Ubuntu 17.10 Still Working Towards Video Acceleration,...   Ubuntu   08 Jul 2017
VP9 Added To VA-API's Encode Capabilities For FFmpeg   Multimedia   25 Jun 2017
Ubuntu 17.10 Video Acceleration Progress, New...   Ubuntu   24 Jun 2017
Ubuntu Is Finally Looking At Shipping Accelerated...   Ubuntu   20 Jun 2017
Radeon VCN Video Decode Support Lands In Mesa   Radeon   25 May 2017
GStreamer 1.12 Makes Its Stable Debut   Multimedia   04 May 2017
FFmpeg 3.3 Brings Native Opus Encoder, Support For...   Multimedia   17 Apr 2017
All FreeDesktop.org Projects Now Appear To Have A...   Free Software   08 Apr 2017
Intel Mesa Driver / libdrm_intel Going Through Rework   Intel   06 Apr 2017
MPV 0.24 Media Player Adds Experimental Stream...   Multimedia   15 Feb 2017
Libav Now Supports VA-API VP8 & MPEG2 Encode,...   Multimedia   31 Jan 2017
10-bit HEVC Decoding Support Being Worked On For...   Radeon   25 Jan 2017
RetroPlayer Gaming Support Coming To Kodi 18, Mir...   Multimedia   17 Jan 2017
GStreamer 1.11.1 Released   Multimedia   12 Jan 2017
Avidemux Open-Source Video Editor Updated To End Out...   Multimedia   31 Dec 2016
AVC VDENC Video Encoding Enabled For Intel Broxton...   Intel   31 Dec 2016
Libav Now Supports VA-API HEVC Accelerated Decoding   Intel   19 Dec 2016
Don't Keep Dreaming For Linux Video Improvements On...   Intel   04 Nov 2016
GStreamer 1.10 Released, Adds Vulkan Support On...   GNOME   01 Nov 2016
GStreamer Conference 2016 Videos, Vulkan Support Was...   GNOME   18 Oct 2016
AMD Patches For OpenMAX HEVC/H.265 Decoding   Mesa   31 Aug 2016
Cedrus Is Making Progress On Open-Source Allwinner...   Multimedia   26 Aug 2016
H.264 VA-API Encode Lands For Gallium3D, Benefits...   Mesa   25 Jul 2016
H.264 VA-API Encode Comes To Gallium3D   Mesa   13 Jul 2016
FFmpeg 3.1 Is Primed With New Features: Includes...   Multimedia   27 Jun 2016
The 12 Big New Features Of Mesa 12.0   Mesa   31 May 2016
VA-API VP9 Encode For GStreamer, Should Be In Good...   Intel   30 May 2016
VP9 Encode Support Added To VA-API   Multimedia   27 May 2016
DRI3 Support Lands In Gallium3D's Video Code   Mesa   16 May 2016
FFmpeg Lands VA-API H.264 / H.265 / MJPEG Encoder...   Multimedia   15 May 2016
Patches Posted For Supporting DRI3 With VA-API &...   Mesa   11 May 2016
H.264 Encoding On Skylake Gets A Big Performance Boost   Intel   11 May 2016
Mesa 11.2.1 Released For Stable Users Of Open-Source...   Mesa   17 Apr 2016
Mesa 11.2.1 Is Coming With Fixes For Gallium3D Nine,...   Mesa   14 Apr 2016
Libav's libavcodec Adds New VA-API Encoders   Multimedia   30 Mar 2016
GStreamer 1.8 Brings Initial Vulkan API Support   Multimedia   24 Mar 2016
Ubuntu 16.04 Still Isn't Shipping With VDPAU, VA-API...   Ubuntu   21 Feb 2016
FFmpeg 3.0 Released, Supports VP9 VA-API Acceleration   Multimedia   15 Feb 2016
Some Video Acceleration Improvements Land In Gallium3D   Mesa   14 Jan 2016
VA-API Video Acceleration Now Enabled For Nouveau...   Nouveau   05 Jan 2016
Totem May Handle Video Acceleration Better With...   GNOME   24 Dec 2015
VA-API Support For Nouveau Still Being Fixed Up, H.264...   Nouveau   16 Dec 2015
GStreamer VA-API Plugins 0.7.0 Adds VP9 Decoder   Multimedia   07 Dec 2015
Features To Find With Mesa 11.1   Mesa   27 Nov 2015
Mesa 11.0.6 Delivers More Fixes To Stable Users   Mesa   21 Nov 2015
Gallium3D VA Improvements Coming To Help Chromium...   Mesa   30 Oct 2015
VA-API HEVC Decode Support Added To Gallium3D   AMD   27 Oct 2015
Mozilla's Project Candle Aiming To Improve Firefox's...   Mozilla   15 Sep 2015
FFmpeg 2.8 Brings Intel QSV Encoding/Decoding, HEVC...   Multimedia   09 Sep 2015
FFmpeg Adds VA-API HEVC/H.265 Hardware Acceleration...   Intel   27 Aug 2015
Samsung Developer Posts VA-API Support For Nouveau   Nouveau   27 Aug 2015
Libav & FFmpeg Add New Libmfx-based Decoders For...   Intel   26 Jul 2015
GStreamer VA-API 0.6 Adds H.265 Encode/Decode   Multimedia   16 Jul 2015
Intel VA-API Driver 1.6 Is Coming   Intel   22 May 2015
Wine-Staging 1.7.43 Tacks On More Bug Fixes   WINE   18 May 2015
Wine-Staging 1.7.39 Works On Speeding Up Wineserver...   WINE   22 Mar 2015
Intel Adds HEVC Encode API To VA-API   Intel   19 Mar 2015
More Intel Skylake Graphics PCI IDs Get Revealed   Intel   16 Mar 2015
libXvMC Updated, Drops Pre-C89 Support   X.Org   14 Mar 2015
Linux 4.0 Will Run Source Engine Games Faster For...   Linux Kernel   12 Mar 2015
Wine-Staging 1.7.38 Adds Job Object Support, Improved...   WINE   08 Mar 2015
Wine-Staging 1.7.37 Brings DXVA2 API Support Over...   WINE   23 Feb 2015
VDPAU API H.265 / HEVC Decoding Lands In Mainline   NVIDIA   09 Feb 2015
Intel Broadwell On Linux Has Working OpenCL 1.2, VP8...   Intel   27 Jan 2015
AMD Catalyst 14.12 Linux Driver Released -- Huge...   AMD   09 Dec 2014
Major AMD Catalyst Linux Update Expected Next Week   AMD   05 Dec 2014
VA-API Adds HEVC H.265 Decode API   Intel   04 Dec 2014
Mesa 10.4 Brings Performance Improvements & New...   Mesa   30 Nov 2014
Using NVIDIA's NVENC On Linux With FFmpeg   NVIDIA   22 Nov 2014
Intel VA-API Driver Gets Improved De-Interlacing   Intel   28 Oct 2014
Mesa 10.4 Tentatively Planned For Early December   Mesa   22 Oct 2014
Intel Publishes DRM Driver For PowerVR Video Decoder!...   Intel   13 Oct 2014
VA-API Gallium3D State Tracker Added Back To Mesa   Mesa   01 Oct 2014
VA-API's Libva 1.4.0 Brings VP8 Encoding Support   Intel   30 Sep 2014
AMD Is Working On A New VA-API State Tracker For...   Mesa   28 Sep 2014
The Next AMD Catalyst Linux Driver Is Much More...   AMD   26 Sep 2014
Wayland Is Still In Ubuntu 14.10   Wayland   13 Sep 2014
Intel Publishes Initial Skylake Linux Graphics Support   Intel   10 Sep 2014
SteamOS Update 133 Has Better Intel Performance,...   Valve   26 Aug 2014
Steam Now Supports VA-API For In-Home Game Streaming   Valve   21 Aug 2014
GStreamer VA-API Plug-In Update Adds New Features   X.Org   29 Jul 2014
VA-API Adds Support For VP8 Video Encoding   Intel   19 Jul 2014
Transmageddon 1.2 Fixes Up GNOME Transcoding, Adds...   GNOME   04 Jul 2014
Intel VA-API Driver Gets H.264 Encoding Improvements...   Intel   16 Jun 2014
More Details On Wine's GPU Video Decode Plans   WINE   11 Apr 2014