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.

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VA-API Articles & Reviews

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

VA-API Linux News

Intel's Poulsbo Driver A Bloody Mess?   Intel   31 Jan 2009
Google's Linux Video Acceleration API: VAVDA   Google   01 Jun 2012
Firefox 75 On Wayland Now To Have Full WebGL, Working...   Mozilla   03 Mar 2020
AMD Open-Sources VCE Video Encode Engine Code   AMD   04 Feb 2014
The Challenge In Delivering Open-Source GPU Drivers   Intel   03 Jan 2011
Intel Sandy Bridge Linux Graphics? It's A Challenge   Intel   03 Jan 2011
Adobe Issues Final Linux Flash Player Release   Proprietary Software   31 Mar 2012
Video Acceleration Takes The Backseat On Chrome For...   Google   04 Mar 2014
AMD Opens Up XvBA! Their Catalyst Linux Video API   AMD   25 Feb 2011
The Sad State Of FSF's High Priority Projects   GNU   15 Oct 2011
Raspberry Pi's Nonchalant Graphics Stack For Linux   Multimedia   01 Feb 2012
XBMC 13 Will Have Tons Of Exciting Improvements   Multimedia   29 Dec 2013
A Group Of FFmpeg Developers Just Forked As Libav   Multimedia   14 Mar 2011
Intel Publishes Ivy Bridge Programming Documentation   Intel   23 Jun 2012
Using NVIDIA's NVENC On Linux With FFmpeg   NVIDIA   22 Nov 2014
XBMC Project Implements AMD XvBA Interface   AMD   14 Dec 2011
Intel Comes Up With A Linux Graphics Driver Installer   Intel   11 Mar 2013
Using GPU Video Acceleration Under Linux   AMD   22 Jun 2012
Finally It Comes: A KMS Driver For QEMU-KVM   Virtualization   18 Apr 2011
Adobe Flash Player 11 For 64-Bit Linux Is Christened   Proprietary Software   13 Jul 2011
An Update On Generic GPU Video Decoding   X.Org   08 Jul 2008
Recapping The Top Changes Of The Linux 3.14 Kernel   Linux Kernel   18 Mar 2014
Intel Publishes Initial Skylake Linux Graphics Support   Intel   10 Sep 2014
Adobe Flash 11 Beta 2 Is More Stable, Faster On Linux   Proprietary Software   12 Aug 2011
Adobe's Flash Video Acceleration On Linux Uses VDPAU   Proprietary Software   01 Dec 2010
Will The Linux 2.6.39 Kernel Bring Graphics Magic?   Linux Kernel   14 Mar 2011
An Open-Source Intel GMA 500 Driver Appears   Linux Kernel   27 Feb 2011
H.264 VA-API GPU Video Acceleration For Flash   Proprietary Software   23 Sep 2009
Intel Considering VDPAU Support For X.Org Driver   Intel   08 Feb 2009
RetroPlayer Gaming Support Coming To Kodi 18, Mir...   Multimedia   17 Jan 2017
FFmpeg 3.0 Released, Supports VP9 VA-API Acceleration   Multimedia   15 Feb 2016
Mesa 8.0 Advances Open-Source Linux Graphics Drivers   Mesa   09 Feb 2012
Adobe Flash 11.2 Beta Brings New Linux Work   Proprietary Software   26 Oct 2011
FFmpeg 4.0 Released With New Encoders/Decoders, NVIDIA...   Multimedia   20 Apr 2018
Google Still Doesn't Trust Linux GPU Drivers Enough To...   Google   03 Oct 2018
Firefox Is Seeing Work On Wayland VA-API Video...   Mozilla   25 Jan 2020
Adobe Flash Player Linux x86_64 Update Coming   Proprietary Software   17 May 2011
Intel Has Quietly Been Working On A New Gallium3D...   Intel   17 Aug 2018
VA-API Video Acceleration On The Linux Desktop Is...   Google   22 Jul 2017
The Video Acceleration State On Linux GPU Drivers   Hardware   05 Feb 2013
It Looks Like VLC 3.0 Will Finally Be Released Soon   Multimedia   13 Dec 2017
FFmpeg 2.8 Brings Intel QSV Encoding/Decoding, HEVC...   Multimedia   09 Sep 2015
AMD Radeon HD 6800 Series Graphics Cards On Linux?   Radeon   21 Oct 2010
XvMC To Support More Video Standards?   X.Org   24 Feb 2008
FFmpeg Adds VA-API HEVC/H.265 Hardware Acceleration...   Intel   27 Aug 2015
Gnash 0.8.8 Has VA-API, Claims 100% YouTube...   GNU   23 Aug 2010
Will AMD's XvBA Beat Out NVIDIA's VDPAU?   AMD   06 Jul 2009
Linux 3.8 To Linux 3.14 Intel DRM Graphics Benchmarks   Linux Kernel   28 Jan 2014
Broadcom Crystal HD Support For MPlayer, FFmpeg   Multimedia   01 Jan 2011
Adobe Rants Over Linux Video Acceleration APIs   Proprietary Software   26 Jan 2010
Adobe Flash Player 11 Is Now Officially Out   Proprietary Software   04 Oct 2011
Crystal HD Decodes New Linux Support Improvements   Hardware   30 Nov 2013
It May Be A While For WebM In Adobe's Flash   Proprietary Software   30 Oct 2011
XBMC Gets Working Intel VA-API Support   Multimedia   06 Apr 2010
Intel Gen12/Xe Graphics To Support 12-Bit HEVC/VP9...   Intel   20 Feb 2020
NVIDIA Releases Standalone VDPAU Library   NVIDIA   18 Sep 2009
Catalyst 9.2 Released, Still Fails To Deliver XvBA   AMD   20 Feb 2009
Adobe Flash Player 10.1 Beta For Linux   Proprietary Software   17 Nov 2009
Fluendo's New Codecs Support VDPAU, VA-API   Free Software   25 Mar 2010
H.264 VA-API Support For Intel Clarkdale/Arrandale   Intel   27 Mar 2010
The 12 Big New Features Of Mesa 12.0   Mesa   31 May 2016
Handbrake 0.9.9 Supports OpenCL Offloading   Free Software   20 May 2013
VP9 Encode Support Added To VA-API   Multimedia   27 May 2016
The Many Changes Lining Up So Far For The Linux 5.1...   Linux Kernel   18 Feb 2019
Wayland 1.0 Coming "In A Month Or Two"   Wayland   28 Aug 2012
AMD Driver Support State For Radeon HD 7000 Series,...   Radeon   06 Dec 2011
Ubuntu 16.04 Still Isn't Shipping With VDPAU, VA-API...   Ubuntu   21 Feb 2016
MythTV 30.0 Released With Front-End Support For Select...   Multimedia   25 Jan 2019
Adobe Flash Player 10.1 To Support VDPAU?   Proprietary Software   09 Oct 2009
Features To Find With Mesa 11.1   Mesa   27 Nov 2015
A Hackfest To Improve Linux Video Playback   X.Org   26 Oct 2009
Firefox 76 Enabling VA-API Wayland Acceleration For...   Mozilla   19 Mar 2020
Valve's Steam Box Will Most Likely Use An X.Org Server   Valve   05 Mar 2013
FFmpeg 3.1 Is Primed With New Features: Includes...   Multimedia   27 Jun 2016
10-bit HEVC Decoding Support Being Worked On For...   Radeon   25 Jan 2017
GStreamer 1.4 Will Be Bringing Many New Features   GNOME   10 Feb 2014
XBMC Media Player Has Support For NVIDIA VDPAU   Multimedia   04 Mar 2009
Don't Keep Dreaming For Linux Video Improvements On...   Intel   04 Nov 2016
Intel Rounds Out Its Ivy Bridge Graphics Driver   Intel   09 Aug 2011
The X.Org, Mesa Plans For Ubuntu 10.10   X.Org   13 May 2010
Adobe Still Shafts Linux With H.264 GPU Decoding   Proprietary Software   11 Aug 2010
MPV 0.24 Media Player Adds Experimental Stream...   Multimedia   15 Feb 2017
OpenShot 2.5.1 Released With Performance Improvements   Multimedia   03 Mar 2020
Intel Releases New Linux Media Driver For VA-API   Intel   01 Dec 2017
XBMC-Focused OpenELEC 1.0 Released   Operating Systems   20 Oct 2011
What's Up With The S3 Graphics Linux Driver?   VIA   23 Dec 2011
Will Intel's Ivy Bridge Be Trouble-Free On Linux?   Intel   07 Jan 2012
Ubuntu Gets Snappier Video Playback With Chromium Snap...   Ubuntu   22 Jan 2019
The Linux 2.6.36 Kernel Will Have Some Fun DRM   Linux Kernel   05 Aug 2010
FFmpeg Lands VA-API H.264 / H.265 / MJPEG Encoder...   Multimedia   15 May 2016
Major AMD Catalyst Linux Update Expected Next Week   AMD   05 Dec 2014
Libav Now Supports VA-API HEVC Accelerated Decoding   Intel   19 Dec 2016
The New Features Coming In Mesa 18.1: Intel Cache By...   Mesa   04 May 2018
OpenShot 2.5 Video Editor Brings Hardware...   Multimedia   09 Feb 2020
Cedrus Is Making Progress On Open-Source Allwinner...   Multimedia   26 Aug 2016
MythTV 0.25 Is Finally Released With Many Changes   Multimedia   10 Apr 2012
OBS Studio 23.0 Released With VA-API Video Encoding,...   Free Software   25 Feb 2019
Holy Crap! You Can Use XvMC With ATI Gallium3D!   AMD   25 Oct 2010
Mozilla Making Progress With Offering Firefox As A...   Mozilla   09 Mar 2020
All Projects Now Appear To Have A...   Free Software   08 Apr 2017