CharredChar Wrote:The one thing I am really wondering about, is it even possible to have hardware acceleration of 10-bit encodes on future codecs with current hardware?
I put in a question on the nvidia forums trying to get an answer to that. From what I've read, it doesn't seem to be a deficiency in the video acceleration libraries / codecs, but is something that is dependent on the profiles in the hardware itself. Maybe a firmware update could do some magic -- yet I couldn't imagine doing a firmware update for a GPU -- but more than likely there's nothing that can be done except to buy new hardware, if Hi10p decoding hardware ever becomes available for the consumer market. (Which seems a bit unlikely for the near future because manufacturers don't see widespread adoption of 10-bit color display devices yet, which is what this is really intended for.)
Quote:As I said, these encoders dont really care about anyone else though. One comment I came across was "thats what you people get for buying such devices" referring to someone using a WD box.
Yes... they're crazy. Bordering on insane.
The benefits of smaller file sizes are nice... but the cost of losing video acceleration isn't worth it IMO. Hard drives are cheap and easy to come by. The changes to video quality, while apparent in some cases, are only really "meh". It'd be a good idea if it didn't force EVERYBODY onto CPU-based (software) decoding. Meanwhile the entire industry is trying to move away from that idea with APUs, SoC, etc...
I tried to carry the banner on the Doki forums but people just didn't get it. As long as it played okay on their 720p laptops, they didn't understand the problem.