Blurry & Shaky Cam version of XBMC SVN runing on Nvidia ION

Woohoo! SVN builds of XBMC are getting pretty smooooooooth and stable. I think that Acer Revo box I purchased some time ago will be able to replace the rockstabe Popcorn Hour A-100 in no time.

Oh, in case you have been wondering what's so special about this: What you see is an Intel Atom based SFF PC powered by the NVidia ION chipset. Yes, 1080p decoding on the GPU. And yes, It's running on Linux, the Windows version of XBMC is not doing a great job regarding offloading video decoding onto the GPU yet.

So far I have found 2 issues with the current build. The decoder uses 16-235 colorspace instead of 0-255, so you will be missing some contrast. Does not apply to all videos though, old DIVX files decode correctly. The other issue is really a minor one, XBMC won't run when you use compiz at the same time.

There is also a new feature in the current dev snapshot I could not give a try, XBMC does support some fancy SD upscaling on the GPU. Unfortunately the ION Chipset does not support the "VDPAU Featureset C" - only newer cards like the GT2XX series do.

And here is the updated video. A bit less blurry / shaky but still crappy.

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tested version: xbmc_9.04.3+svn23321-jaunty1

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Is that...

Is that Lifeforce by ASD?

pulsar's picture

Yes, it is.

I've rendered a couple of demos as 1080p h264 videos so I can a) impress guests, and b) use those to test the video decoding properties of hw/sw players. For instance - I don't know any HW player yet which is capable of 1080p60.