Enable NVIDIA VDPAU video decode acceleration in Ubuntu

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

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:

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 :slight_smile: