[mythtv-users] OSX for a frontend? VDPAU and how is performance?

Yeechang Lee ylee at pobox.com
Wed Oct 26 20:28:31 UTC 2011

Mark <markhsa at gmail.com> says:
> I currently use Linux and the Nvidia VDPAU hardware acceleration on
> Linux and it works perfectly, but could eliminate a machine ( less
> power ) if OSX has the same power for playback?
> I am looking for the same 1080 great playback that I get now on Linux.

After VDPAU, Mythfrontend on OS X will disappoint you. There is no
MythTV-accessible driver equivalent to VDPAU, so no
hardware-accelerated playback.[1] VDPAU's Advanced 2X and Temporal 2X
deinterlacers are better than Yadif 2X, anyway. If your Mac is
VDPAU-capable, install Linux on it for Mythfrontend instead.

[1] 0.24 added support for VDA hardware-assisted H.264 decoding, but
even if you can get it to work it's not the same thing as VDPAU's
hardware-accelerated decoding/rendering/deinterlacing for both MPEG-2
and H.264.

MythTV FAQ Q: "Cheap frontend/backend?" A: Revo, $200-300 @ Newegg
Q: "Record HD cable/satellite?" A: Hauppauge HD-PVR, $200 @ Newegg
Q: "Can't change Live TV channels w/multirec!" A: Hit NEXTCARD key
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