VA-API

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Explains VA-API support in various hardware and software components
Related
VDPAU
XvMC

Video Acceleration API is a specification and open source library to provide hardware accelerated video decode/encode.

Supported hardware

Open source drivers:

Proprietary drivers:

Supported formats

libva-vdpau-driver with ati-dri libva-intel-driver libva-vdpau-driver with nouveau-dri xvba-video-openAUR or libva-xvba-driverAUR libva-vdpau-driver with nvidia-utils
MPEG2 decoding AMD Radeon 9500 and newer Intel GMA 4500 and newer Nvidia GeForce 400 and newer AMD Radeon HD 4000 and newer Nvidia GeForce 8 and newer
MPEG4 decoding AMD Radeon HD 6000 and newer - Nvidia GeForce 400 and newer AMD Radeon HD 6000 and newer Nvidia GeForce 200 and newer
H264 decoding AMD Radeon HD 4000 and newer Intel GMA 45001, Ironlake Graphics and newer Nvidia GeForce 400 and newer AMD Radeon HD 4000 and newer Nvidia GeForce 8 and newer
VC1 decoding AMD Radeon HD 4000 and newer Intel Sandy Bridge Graphics and newer Nvidia GeForce 400 and newer AMD Radeon HD 4000 and newer Nvidia GeForce 8 and newer
MPEG2 encoding - Intel Sandy Bridge Graphics and newer - - -
H264 encoding - Intel Sandy Bridge Graphics and newer - - -

1Supported by the libva-driver-intel-g45-h264 package. See H.264 decoding on GMA 4500 for instructions and caveats.

In order to check what profiles (features) are supported by your GPU, run the following command, which provided by the libva package:

$ vainfo

VAEntrypointVLD means that your card is capable to decode this format, VAEntrypointEncSlice means that you can encode to this format.

Supported software

GStreamer

Install gst-vaapi package, available in the official repositories.

$ gst-launch-1.0 playbin uri=file:///path/to/foobar.mpeg

VA-API is used automatically, if supported format found.

GStreamer based players:

  • totem: no configuration needed.

MPlayer

Install mplayer-vaapi package, available in the official repositories.

$ mplayer -vo vaapi -va vaapi foobar.mpeg
  • -vo - Select vaapi video output driver
  • -va - Select vaapi video decoder driver
Note: You can also use mplayer2AUR with VDPAU backend. See MPlayer#Enabling_VDPAU for more information.

MPlayer based players:

  • gnome-mplayer: to enable hardware acceleration: Edit -> Preferences -> Player, then set Video Output to "vaapi".
  • smplayer: to enable hardware acceleration: Options -> Preferences -> General -> Video, then set Output driver to "vaapi".

VLC media player

Install vlc package, available in the official repositories.

To enable hardware acceleration: Tools -> Preferences -> Input & Codecs, then check "Use GPU accelerated decoding".