[mythtv-users] XvMC and libmpeg2 to be dropped in 0.25

Raymond Wagner raymond at wagnerrp.com
Sun Dec 5 23:27:55 UTC 2010

On Sunday, December 05, 2010 01:50:56 pm Newbury wrote:
>> Sent from my iPhone
>> On 2010-12-05, at 11:28, Raymond Wagner<raymond at wagnerrp.com>  wrote:
>>> On 12/5/2010 09:33, James Courtier-Dutton wrote:
>>>> I agree that VDPAU (and similar) and OpenGL are the way forward
>>>> for HD
>>>> content, but Xv and XvMC are still perfectly good for SD content.
>>>> For example, I have a small TV in the Kitchen. There is no
>>>> sensible reason for me to purchase a HD capable STB when the TV
>>>> is only 17 inches and has no HDMI connector.
>>> It has nothing to do with the content it is usable with, and
>>> everything to do with the direction we want to take the
>>> presentation of MythTV.  Xv has no OSD support to speak of.  Any
>>> overlays must be rendered to the size of the video, converted to
>>> YUV, and baked into the video.  XvMC has OSD support, but it is
>>> very primitive, and ends up being more limiting than Xv.  The fact
>>> that XvMC has been unnecessary for any desktop processor made in
>>> the past five years, and $25 gets you a video card plenty capable
>>> of handling the OpenGL painter, has just made the decision an
>>> easier one.
>> This cuts off anyone using a laptop with an Intel video chipset. For
>> quite a while ( versions 2.5 through 2.8) XvMC was turned off. In
>> 2.9.1 it works reaonably making my 1.8Ghz X-61tablet a reasonable
>> myth platform.

The 1.8GHz Core 2 Duo in an X-61 should have no problem playing any 
recorded MPEG2 content without the aid of XvMC.

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