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   2011-03-14
Intel Sandy Bridge VA-API Performance   Display Drivers   2011-03-07
Some Good & Bad News For The Nouveau Driver   Display Drivers   2011-01-10
S3 Graphics Releases Linux Driver With OpenGL 3.0, VA-API   Display Drivers   2009-02-27
A NVIDIA VDPAU Back-End For Intel's VA-API   Display Drivers   2009-02-03
Mplayer, FFmpeg Gain VA-API Support   Software   2008-12-24

VA-API Linux & Open-Source News

Intel Publishes Latest FFmpeg Patches For Better GPU Video Encode/Decode   Intel   2022-12-01
Mesa 22.3 Released With RDNA3 Vulkan, Rusticl OpenCL, Better Intel Arc Graphics   Mesa   2022-11-30
Virgl Adds Accelerated Video Encoding To Guest VMs   Mesa   2022-11-18
MPV 0.35 Media Player Released With PipeWire Backend, Wayland DMA-BUF Support   Multimedia   2022-11-12
Microsoft Adds Mesa Support For Building Against The DirectX 12 Agility SDK   Microsoft   2022-10-21
Intel Publishes New Media Driver, oneVPL GPU Runtime "2022Q3" Releases   Intel   2022-10-14
NVIDIA-VAAPI-Driver 0.0.7 Released For Enjoying VA-API With NVIDIA's Proprietary Driver   NVIDIA   2022-10-14
RadeonSI Driver Lands Multi-Slice Video Encoding For AVC/HEVC   Radeon   2022-10-13
VA-API Library 2.16 Released With Various Improvements   Multimedia   2022-10-08
Blumenkrantz Flushes 17.1k Lines Of Old Mesa Code   Mesa   2022-10-01
AMD Ryzen 7000 Series, Linux 6.0, MGLRU, Rust & IO_uring Made For An Exciting September   Phoronix   2022-10-01
Microsoft Adds AV1 Decode Support To Their Mesa D3D12 Driver   Microsoft   2022-09-30
Fedora Linux Disabling Mesa's H.264 / H.265 / VC1 VA-API Support Over Legal Concerns   Fedora   2022-09-28
Thanks Microsoft: RadeonSI Enables Async VA-API For Faster Video Acceleration   Mesa   2022-09-27
Microsoft Speeds Up Mesa VA-API Video Acceleration For FFmpeg   Mesa   2022-09-22
Microsoft Lands HEVC Video Encode/Decode Within Mesa Using VA-API To Direct3D 12   Mesa   2022-09-15
Intel Talks Up Their oneVPL Acceleration Within FFmpeg   Intel   2022-09-11
Kdenlive 22.08 Video Editor Brings UI Improvements, Experimental Parallel Processing   KDE   2022-08-22
FFmpeg Begins Integrating Intel oneVPL Support   Multimedia   2022-08-12
Microsoft Extends Mesa's D3D12 Video Acceleration To Support Video Engine Based Effects   Mesa   2022-07-22
AMD Hiring For Another Open-Source GPU Driver Developer With Multimedia Expertise   AMD   2022-07-06
Ubuntu's Chromium Snap Finally Seeing Progress On Supporting VA-API GPU Acceleration   Ubuntu   2022-07-04
Intel Media Driver 2022Q2 Adds HDR10/HVS Support For DG2, Raptor Lake P Enabling   Intel   2022-07-03
Intel Releases libva 2.15 Video Acceleration Library   Intel   2022-07-01
Firefox Nightly Tries For VA-API Video Acceleration For Mesa Users   Mozilla   2022-06-02
Intel Media Driver Adding Vulkan Video Acceleration Support   Intel   2022-05-29
Intel oneVPL 2022.1 Brings Support For Arc A Series, Rocky Linux, Better Multi-GPU   Intel   2022-05-28
NVIDIA VA-API 0.0.6 Driver Works On Multi-Threaded Decode, Improved GPU Selection   NVIDIA   2022-05-25
Microsoft Lands VA-API To Direct3D 12 H.264 Video Encode/Decode In Mesa   Microsoft   2022-05-17
VA-API Library 2.14 Released With AV1 Encode Interface   Multimedia   2022-02-22
FFmpeg Finally Retires XvMC Hardware Acceleration Code   Multimedia   2022-02-17
NVIDIA VAAPI Driver 0.0.5 Released With AV1 Acceleration   NVIDIA   2022-02-12
GStreamer 1.20 Multimedia Framework Released With Many Improvements   GNOME   2022-02-04
GStreamer 1.20 RC1 Released With Many Exciting Improvements   Multimedia   2022-01-28
Intel Media Driver 22 Debuts With Alchemist / ATS-M Support, ADL-N   Intel   2022-01-19
Firefox Gets AV1 VA-API Acceleration Sorted Out   Mozilla   2022-01-18
Experimental VA-API Implemented Over NVIDIA's NVDEC - Allows Firefox Video Acceleration   NVIDIA   2022-01-04
Better AMD Radeon VCE Video Encode Performance Coming To Linux   Radeon   2021-12-30
NVIDIA NVDEC Video Decode Support Sent Out For Linux 5.17, Better Power Management   NVIDIA   2021-12-17
Intel Contributes A Number Of Vulkan Filters/Improvements To FFmpeg   Intel   2021-12-12
Airlie Exploring Possibility Of VA-API On Top Of Vulkan Video   Vulkan   2021-11-24
Microsoft Working On Direct3D 12 Video Acceleration For Mesa   Microsoft   2021-11-22
Mesa 21.3 Released With Radeon RADV Ray-Tracing, Much Better Zink   Mesa   2021-11-17
David Airlie Hacking On Intel Vulkan Video Decode, Crocus Gallium3D VA-API   Intel   2021-11-12
RADV Seeing Early Experimenting With Vulkan Video Capabilities   Radeon   2021-11-05
Steam Beta Adds VA-API Acceleration For Remote Play   Valve   2021-11-03
NVIDIA Contributing Tegra NVDEC Support To Linux 5.16   NVIDIA   2021-10-10
VA-API AV1 Decode Lands In Mesa 21.3 Gallium3D   Mesa   2021-08-17
NVIDIA Tegra Open-Source Graphics Driver Introducing New User-Space ABI   NVIDIA   2021-08-13
AV1 VA-API Acceleration Coming For AMD Radeon RX 6000 Series Linux Users   Radeon   2021-08-13
AMD Hiring For Open-Source GPU Driver Work With Mentions Of Tesla Model S, Steam Deck   Radeon   2021-08-03
Intel Media Driver 2021Q2 Focuses On Gen12 Enhancements   Intel   2021-06-30
Firefox Making Strides On Improved Linux Stability Thanks To Better Crash Reports   Mozilla   2021-05-19
FFmpeg 4.4 Released With AV1 VA-API Decoder, SVT-AV1 Encoding   Multimedia   2021-04-09
Intel's VA-API Library LibVA 2.11 Released With Support For Protected Content   Multimedia   2021-03-24
GTK 4.0.1 Released With Many Bug Fixes, Better Media Acceleration   GNOME   2021-01-12
Happy New Year! A Look Back At The Most Popular Phoronix Content Of 2020   Phoronix   2020-12-31
Intel Media VA-API Driver Update Adds EU Fused Dispatch For 8K Video Processing   Intel   2020-12-31
Intel Media SDK 20.5.1 Released   Intel   2020-12-30
AMD Lands AV1 Decode For Radeon RX 6000 Series In Mesa   Radeon   2020-11-17
Intel Preparing Linux Support For The "Protected Xe Path" PXP Functionality   Intel   2020-11-14
FFmpeg Lands Support For NVIDIA AV1 Video Decoding With RTX 30 + NVDEC   Multimedia   2020-11-11
AMD Adds Secure Video Playback To Their Open-Source Linux Driver   Radeon   2020-11-04
FFmpeg Lands VA-API AV1 Decode Support Led By Intel   Multimedia   2020-11-04
Intel mOS, Torvalds Commentary, Intel Gen12 Graphics, Zen 2 "XT" CPUs Topped Q3   Phoronix   2020-09-29
Firefox 81 Released With Security Fixes, PDF Viewer Enhancements   Mozilla   2020-09-22
AMD Radeon Navi 2 / VCN 3.0 Supports AV1 Video Decoding   Radeon   2020-09-15
Intel Working On VA-API AV1 Acceleration For FFmpeg   Intel   2020-09-10
GStreamer 1.18 Released With Better Windows Support, Intel SVT-HEVC   Multimedia   2020-09-08
Intel mOS, Cachy, Mozilla Layoffs Were The Open-Source Buzz Of August   Phoronix   2020-09-01
Firefox 80 Available With VA-API On X11, WebGL Parallel Shader Compile Support   Mozilla   2020-08-24
Rust Maybe Coming To The Linux Kernel, Other Open-Source Milestones For July   Phoronix   2020-08-02
Firefox 79 Is Ready To Ship With Safeguard On "_blank" Links, More Wayland VA-API Work   Mozilla   2020-07-27
FFmpeg Adds H.265 Tile Encoding Support For VA-API With Intel Icelake+   Multimedia   2020-07-20
Firefox 80 To Support VA-API Acceleration On X11   Mozilla   2020-07-04
Intel vs. AMD, Systemd-Homed, Kernel Advancements Top H1'2020 For Linux   Phoronix   2020-06-30
Firefox 76 Released With WebRender Improvements, Better Security   Mozilla   2020-05-05
Intel Media Linux Driver Q1-2020 Released With Tiger Lake Features, Better VP9 Encode   Intel   2020-04-09
Firefox 75 Released With Flatpak Support, Wayland Improvements   Mozilla   2020-04-07
Apple Using Rust, exFAT, Ryzen Laptops, Ubuntu 20.04 Advances + Other Hits From March   Phoronix   2020-03-31
MythTV 31 Released With Video Decode Improvements, Finally Supporting Python 3   Multimedia   2020-03-23
Firefox 76 Enabling VA-API Wayland Acceleration For All Video Codecs   Mozilla   2020-03-19
Mozilla Making Progress With Offering Firefox As A Flatpak On Linux   Mozilla   2020-03-09
OpenShot 2.5.1 Released With Performance Improvements   Multimedia   2020-03-03
Firefox 75 On Wayland Now To Have Full WebGL, Working VA-API Acceleration   Mozilla   2020-03-03
Intel's Linux Media Driver Preparing For 20.1 Release, Game Streaming Optimizations   Intel   2020-03-02
RadeonSI + Gallium3D Video Code Fix Up 4:2:2 Support, YUY2   Radeon   2020-02-27
Intel Adds VA-API Acceleration For HEVC REXT To FFmpeg   Intel   2020-02-25
Intel Gen12/Xe Graphics To Support 12-Bit HEVC/VP9 Decode   Intel   2020-02-20
OpenShot 2.5 Video Editor Brings Hardware Acceleration, SVG, Blender 2.8+ Compatibility   Multimedia   2020-02-09
OpenMandriva 4.1 Released With Clang'ed LTO+PGO Packages, Linux 5.5 + More   Operating Systems   2020-02-01
Firefox Is Seeing Work On Wayland VA-API Video Acceleration   Mozilla   2020-01-25
Bootlin Wraps Up Feature Development On The Allwinner Cedrus VPU Driver   Multimedia   2020-01-09
Intel Media Driver Q4-19 Brings Tiger Lake, Jasper Lake, Better Encode/Decode   Intel   2020-01-08
Mesa Developers Weigh Renaming Gallium "State Tracker" To "API"   Mesa   2019-12-05
Canonical Formulates The 32-Bit Support Strategy For Ubuntu 20.04 LTS   Ubuntu   2019-11-28
MPV Player 0.30 Released For This Advanced Open-Source Video Player   Multimedia   2019-10-25
Mesa 19.1.8 Released To End Out The Series   Mesa   2019-10-22
Waypipe Is Successfully Working For This Network-Transparent Wayland Apps/Games Proxy   Wayland   2019-08-30
FFmpeg Adds AMD AMF Vulkan Support For Linux Users   Multimedia   2019-08-28
There's A Professional Grade Digital Cinema Camera Powered By Linux   Hardware   2019-06-24
System76 Is Making Progress On Open-Source Firmware For Their Laptops   Coreboot   2019-05-31
Kodi 18.2 Released With VA-API Fixes, OpenGL ES Rendering Fixes   Multimedia   2019-04-23
GSoC 2019 Could Bring Work On A Vulkan GPU Driver Settings Utility, OpenMAX Additions   X.Org   2019-03-26
OBS Studio 23.0 Released With VA-API Video Encoding, New Audio Filters   Free Software   2019-02-25
Mesa 18.3.4 Brings VA-API VP9 Improvements, More Coffeelake/Icelake IDs For Intel   Mesa   2019-02-18
The Many Changes Lining Up So Far For The Linux 5.1 Kernel   Linux Kernel   2019-02-18
Intel Sends In Their Last Batch Of Graphics Driver Feature Updates For Linux 5.1   Linux Kernel   2019-02-08
Intel To Have Their New Icelake Media Driver Ready For Pairing Nicely With Linux 5.1+   Intel   2019-02-05
MythTV 30.0 Released With Front-End Support For Select Android TV Devices   Multimedia   2019-01-25
Ubuntu Gets Snappier Video Playback With Chromium Snap For VA-API Acceleration   Ubuntu   2019-01-22
Intel Graphics Engine-Reset Functionality Driver Work Revived   Intel   2019-01-05
Linux Is Already In Good Shape For The New Features Of Intel Gen11 Graphics & Icelake   Intel   2018-12-12
Google Still Doesn't Trust Linux GPU Drivers Enough To Enable Chrome Video Acceleration   Google   2018-10-03
OBS Studio Now Supports VA-API For Video Encoding   Multimedia   2018-09-26
Bootlin Wraps Up Project For Improving Allwinner VPU Support On Linux   Multimedia   2018-09-01
Intel Has Quietly Been Working On A New Gallium3D Driver Being Called "Iris"   Intel   2018-08-17
xf86-video-v4l X.Org Driver Sees First New Release In A Decade   X.Org   2018-08-14
The New Features Coming In Mesa 18.1: Intel Cache By Default, Many Vulkan Strides   Mesa   2018-05-04
Intel 2018Q1 Graphics Stack Recipe   Intel   2018-04-22
FFmpeg 4.0 Released With New Encoders/Decoders, NVIDIA NVDEC Decoding   Multimedia   2018-04-20
AMD Posts VP9 VA-API Video Acceleration For Gallium3D   Radeon   2018-04-09
Tails 3.6 Linux Distribution Released   Operating Systems   2018-03-13
VA-API 1.0 Video Acceleration Is Approved For Fedora 28   Fedora   2018-02-18
Fedora 28 Planning For VA-API 1.0 Support   Fedora   2018-01-30
Radeon VCN Gets Mesa Patches For HEVC Main Video Encode   AMD   2018-01-25
It Looks Like VLC 3.0 Will Finally Be Released Soon   Multimedia   2017-12-13
Intel Releases New Linux Media Driver For VA-API   Intel   2017-12-01
FFmpeg Lands OpenCL Improvements   Multimedia   2017-11-23
Intel 2017Q3 Graphics Stack Recipe Released   Intel   2017-11-19
GStreamer Conference 2017 Videos   Multimedia   2017-10-22
Chrome Working On JPEG Encode Accelerator With VA-API/V4L2 Support   Google   2017-10-18
VA-API Gets Extended With Flexible Encoding Infrastructure   X.Org   2017-09-02
AMD Patches MJPEG Decoding For VA-API Gallium3D   AMD   2017-08-15
Intel Gemini Lake Supports 10-bit VP9 Decoding   Intel   2017-08-02
VA-API Video Acceleration On The Linux Desktop Is Nearly Ready For Chrome   Google   2017-07-22
MPV 0.26 Media Player Released   Multimedia   2017-07-18
Ubuntu 17.10: Continued Work On VA-API, Switching To GDM   Ubuntu   2017-07-14
Ubuntu 17.10 Still Working Towards Video Acceleration, Unity 7 Woes   Ubuntu   2017-07-08
VP9 Added To VA-API's Encode Capabilities For FFmpeg   Multimedia   2017-06-25
Ubuntu 17.10 Video Acceleration Progress, New Unity-Session Package   Ubuntu   2017-06-24
Ubuntu Is Finally Looking At Shipping Accelerated Video Playback Support   Ubuntu   2017-06-20
Radeon VCN Video Decode Support Lands In Mesa   Radeon   2017-05-25
GStreamer 1.12 Makes Its Stable Debut   Multimedia   2017-05-04
FFmpeg 3.3 Brings Native Opus Encoder, Support For Spherical Videos   Multimedia   2017-04-17
All Projects Now Appear To Have A Contributor Covenant   Free Software   2017-04-08
Intel Mesa Driver / libdrm_intel Going Through Rework   Intel   2017-04-06
MPV 0.24 Media Player Adds Experimental Stream Recording, X11 Pseudo HiDPI Scaling   Multimedia   2017-02-15
Libav Now Supports VA-API VP8 & MPEG2 Encode, Other Improvements   Multimedia   2017-01-31
10-bit HEVC Decoding Support Being Worked On For RadeonSI Gallium3D   Radeon   2017-01-25