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Enable NVIDIA VDPAU video decode acceleration in Ubuntu
« on: October 31, 2010, 05:42:56 pm »
a) This ONLY applies if you have an NVIDIA card that supports GPU hardware accelerated decoding (VDPAU)

b) You are going to need a video player with VDPAU support, so install gnome-mplayer (or mplayer) and/or vlc
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sudo apt-get install gnome-mplayer vlc

c) You will need to install the official NVIDIA drivers for your graphics card:
or from the Ubuntu repositories (synaptic ect.)

d) Install the libvdpau1 and vdpau-va-driver packages:
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sudo apt-get install libvdpau1 vdpau-va-driver

e) Set up your player to use the VDPAU support -

In GNOME MPlayer, go to -
Edit>Preferences>Player (tab)>Video Output:
and select vdpau from the drop-down menu.

In VLC, go to
and make sure ther is a tick in Accelerated video output (Overlay)

1080p playback should now be much smoother :)
« Last Edit: October 31, 2010, 05:45:04 pm by Mark Greaves (PCNetSpec) »
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