[mythtv-users] vdpau worth it for hdtv?

JEDIDIAH jedi at mishnet.org
Fri Nov 13 19:04:33 UTC 2009

On Fri, Nov 13, 2009 at 09:39:49AM -0700, Brian Wood wrote:
> On Friday 13 November 2009 09:07:51 Kevin Johnson wrote:
> > Hi All:
> >
> > I understand how vdpau reduces cpu usage and that it will allow playing
> > h.264 videos and such. However, I am wondering if there is any real
> > advantage to "upgrading" if all you do is watch ota hdtv and xvid movies? 
> > Will vdpau actually improve the picture quality?  Will using a playback
> > profile that utilizes vdpau produce a better picture than the same playback
> > profile that does not use vdpau?
> I would argue that it's worth it for SD as well as HD, the better quality 
> de-interlacers alone make it worthwhile, especially since VDPAU-capable video 
> cards are pretty reasonably priced.
> Unless, of course, you have an AGP system, no VDPAU cards seem to be available 
> with that interface. Is it worthwhile to replace an entire system? That I 
> can't answer, of course. It is for me, but assuredly not for some others.

    A lower end low profile ION system can be had for only $200.

    It's hard to see how it could not possibly be worth it.

    It's one of those rare occurences where "cheap" and "good" come together
in one device. It's like an AppleTV or Mac Mini without the hassle and or

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