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Adobe Flash Player Hardware Acceleration on Intel Graphics Cards

libvdpau-va-gl is a VDPAU driver that uses OpenGL under the hood to accelerate drawing and scaling, and VA-API (if available) to accelerate video decoding.Using it, you can get hardware acceleration on some Intel graphics cards for Mplayer (well, we already have mplayer-vaapi but it hasn’t been merged) and even Adobe Flash Player. That means a lot less CPU usage as you’ll see below. AMD users: in theory, this should also work with AMD cards (Catalyst) however, from what users are reporting, it doesn’t seem to work properly and the libvdpau-va-gl developer said that he can only test this on Intel, so it’s unlikely that the AMD bugs will be fixed soon. However, the open source AMD drivers should have built-in VDPAU support (you need Linux 3.10 and Mesa 9.2).In my test (Ubuntu 13.10, Intel graphics), a full-screen 1080p flash YouTube video used around 160-170% CPU without libvdpau-va-gl and about 14-17% CPU when using libvdpau-va-gl. There were some occasional spikes when using libvdpau-va-gl, but usually it stayed around those values which is a really great improvement.Note: I’ve tested this with Firefox and Chromium browsers with Adobe Flash Player 11.2 r202. It doesn’t seem to work with Pepper Flash (and thus

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