[Libav-user] Hardware decoding via libva

Claudio Freire klaussfreire at gmail.com
Mon Dec 24 03:42:28 CET 2012

On Sat, Dec 22, 2012 at 10:22 AM, Oleg <mybrokenbeat at gmail.com> wrote:
> You're misunderstanding some concepts. There are two operations that can be accelerated by GPU: decoding and yuv->rgb converting. First thing can be achieved by vaapi as you mentioned. Second, by using OpenGL shader(I prefer OpenGL as it's cross-platform. Other option is to use DirectX on Win platform) that will convert YUV->RGB and draw converted frame immediately.

If you don't use a shader, YUV-RGB conversion not only consumes
cycles. You can actually ignore the cycles it takes on most modern
CPUs. The problem is RGB requires a lot more bandwidth to upload back
into the CPU, and that usually becomes a bottleneck on lower-end
systems for HD content (which requires quite a lot of bandwidth).

Hence my "naively" comment earlier. You don't only need to get the
result in YUV to the shader, but also in downsampled YUV (ie: 4:1:1,
4:2:1, 4:2:2 or whatever format the codec is using internally).

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