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Check for Hardware Video Acceleration capabilities

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Small command line tool that checks the capabilities of your graphics hardware & OS to decode h264 videos on your GPU. Apple doesn't seems to allow all GPU's to use the System Framework, despite the fact that they have the hardware capabilities (like Geforce 8800 or Fermi cards). The tool have the same error codes like other VDA Software (XBMC) but its easier to test.

 

On Lion with current Fermi drivers i get an error by the decoder.

 

You can try it and post your software & hardware combination.

 

requires Mac OS X 10.6.3

SourceCode on GitHub

Feel free to contribute on Github

 

Download precompiled binary (Intel 32/64-Bit):VDADecoderChecker.zip

[Update: 09.07.2011 now Intel 32/64bit]

[Update: 28.08.2011 Fixed a segmentation fault bug on Lion. Thanks to: Apple H264 https://github.com/AppleH264]

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Which error codes? It should run on:

GeForce 9400M

GeForce 320M

GeForce GT 330M

ATI HD Radeon GFX

Intel HD Graphics

 

I've testet it on a MacMini 3,1 (2009) with Geforce 9400M

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The hardware does not support accelerated video services required for hardware decode.

 

VDADecoderCreate failed. err: -12470

 

That is the Message on my System (Signature)

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Gainward NVIDIA GeForce 9500GT Display

The hardware does not support accelerated video services required for hardware decode.

VDADecoderCreate failed with error: -12470

 

Real shame. Thanks for the tool, mate!

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^^lol

 

The hardware does not support accelerated video services required for hardware decode.

VDADecoderCreate failed. err: -12470

 

10.6.8 - 8400M GS ;)

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Genuine Apple GeForce GT120 (MacPro4,1):

 

The hardware does not support accelerated video services required for hardware decode.

VDADecoderCreate failed. err: -12470

:blink:

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1)

 

The hardware does not support accelerated video services required for hardware decode.

VDADecoderCreate failed. err: -12470

 

GTS8800 G92

 

2)

 

MacMini 4,1 is fully supported :-D

 

NVIDIA GeForce 320M

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Doesn't work on real iMac10,1 with NVIDIA GeForce 9400 under 10.6.8 :blink:

 

"The hardware does not support accelerated video services required for hardware decode.

VDADecoderCreate failed. err: -12470"

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Doesn't work on real iMac10,1 with NVIDIA GeForce 9400 under 10.6.8 :(

 

"The hardware does not support accelerated video services required for hardware decode.

VDADecoderCreate failed. err: -12470"

 

:P It should work on your iMac with the 9400M. Do you have Hardware Acceleration in Flash Videos? You should see it in the activity monitor.

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Fail with HD4850

 

under Lion DP4

 

An error was returned by the decoder layer. This may happen for example because of bitstream/data errors during a decode operation. This error may also be returned from VDADecoderCreate when hardware decoder resources are available on the system but currently in use by another process.

VDADecoderCreate failed. err: -12473

 

under SL 10.6.8

 

The hardware does not support accelerated video services required for hardware decode.

VDADecoderCreate failed. err: -12470

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under Lion DP4

 

An error was returned by the decoder layer. This may happen for example because of bitstream/data errors during a decode operation. This error may also be returned from VDADecoderCreate when hardware decoder resources are available on the system but currently in use by another process.

VDADecoderCreate failed. err: -12473

 

Same here with AMD HD6870, Lion 11A494a

 

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I think that the Framework (Apple) only work with an fixed set of GPUs.

At least the gpu must have some HW features for video playback, which not all (even new) gpus have, but for example 9400M has.

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I think that the Framework (Apple) only work with an fixed set of GPUs.

At least the gpu must have some HW features for video playback, which not all (even new) gpus have, but for example 9400M has.

 

Interesting, do you think there will be a list supported in some plist somewhere?

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