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September 9, 2014

What linux based dev board has the best video decoding performance in linux?

I'm looking for a device that can playback video 24/7 for digital arts displays but have been having trouble deciphering the different options. Well most devices claim to have some form of h.264 decoding on chip, I find people say there's no driver support in linux(it's targeted more at android?). Currently tried a pcduinov3, which is barely adequate with software rendering of video.

Any suggestions for this specific use case?

In case someone else comes to this board with the same question....

In case someone else comes to this board with the same question.

I had the same problem but mine is PcDuino v3B. Don;t waste your time with it.

At Feb 2016 the best option for this job is a Raspberry Pi 2 (the most recent at this date). But even the raspberry Pi B+ will do the job.

Install OpenElec on the SD card and set KODI making sure you enable HW Decoding in settings. I was told H/W decoding does not work in KODI, but changing the setting seemed to make video smoother. Probably a placebo effect. That will play HD video smoothly. And you can set it to LOOP either one video or a folder of them. If you want to be fancy you can set up a playlist. I'm lazy, I simply stick the ones I want in a folder and play them back perfectly on a 50 inch display.

You also have the option (simply changed) to play back Audio through HDMI or if you have a party, though a big stereo system.

Using OpenElec gives far better performance than trying to run KODI (XBMC) inside Raspbian. Changing back to Raspbian is simply a matter of Shutting down, removing poser and swapping an SD card, then turning power back on.

Hope that is some use.

There's another project called kweb that uses a GUI driven version of omxplayer. It actually does make use of the hardware driver, but it is a little fiddly to get te creen size right just yet. It is worth watching though. It is by far the very best media player for Linux on ARM.

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nVidia's Tegra platform has linux sdk's with full vc1/h264 decoder and...

nVidia's Tegra platform has linux sdk's with full vc1/h264 decoder and encoder support.
btw, a dev board isn't "linux-based" since linux is just a kernel running on whatever hardware its ported to. I assumed you meant to get a dev board w/ proper linux driver support and hardware video decoding?

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