Hardware acceleration for integrated Intel HD Graphics 515

  • I want to raise this issue in the topic "Features requests" but decided to ask first here. Maybe someone knows more about hw-acceleration on new Intel video cards?

    The text of the appeal:

    I'm on Intel® Core™ m5-6Y54(with integrated Intel® HD Graphics 515). I can't watch any 720p60 youtube clips on this hw(I can watch 1080p30 but it still software decoding).

    Now on Windows hw-acceleration for this card support only Edge. On Linux - only Epiphany(through gstreamer-vaapi).

    As I know, chromium use ffmpeg for playing multimedia content. On Linux we need to install vivaldi-ffmpeg-codecs for multimedia support. So ffmpeg have qsv plugin for hw-accel on newest cards(and enabled from FFMPEG 2.8).

    Is it possible to use one of this solutions(ffmpeg-qsv or gstreamer) in next releases?

  • Moderator

    The video driver of you Linux should make hardware acceleration available.
    I do not know with Linux and driver you use.

    If you open vivaldi://gpu and haev a look at section Graphics Feature Status there should be all Hardware accelerated in green if you GPU/driver is supported.

  • If you find it like Gwen-Dragon said, your Intel video accerleration should be OK.

    Especially on Youtube, videos default are played with codec VP9. For VP9, accerleration works starting with Kaby-Lake (HD Graphics 610+). You can force playback in h264 with the extension h264ify - then accerleration on Youtube also works with your chip.

  • @gwen-dragon I'm already have installed and configured intel drivers and vaapi. And acceleration work in VLC, Epiphany(as I said before) and other multimedia players that support acceleration(based on mplayer, mpv or gstreamer).
    I activate vivaldi://flags/#ignore-gpu-blacklist and on vivaldi://gpu it says that acceleration should work.
    But on the practice browser render all videos through CPU(also you can read about this problem in this reddit thread). I can't see any 720p60fps youtube videos because of my CPU loading to 100% and start heating.
    And this is not a Linux problem. On Windows I have exactly same experience. All browsers except Edge render video through CPU when m-players(VLC, mpc-hc) use hardware acceleration(DXVA on Windows).

  • You can easily check if VAAPI is actually running by testing with mpv and youtube-dl:

    mpv --no-config --vo=vaapi --ytdl-format=bestvideo[height=720][vcodec!=vp9]+bestaudio/best https://youtu.be/0-Retnj3TsA

    The command plays a youtube video in h264 format with acceleration enabled. If the output in terminal displays VO: [vaapi] 1280x720 yuv420p acceleration is running.

    In addition:
    What is shown in vivaldi://media-internals when you are playing this Video in 1080p? h264 or vp9?

  • @wernerfp Lest anyone doubt that I have configured hw-acceleration in system and that it don't work in vivaldi, I'm recorded this video. The tests were conducted on this video

  • Thanks for your effort. I have no doubt, but it is helpful to have a common test base.
    In your video I see in vivaldi://media-internals video_codec_name vp9.

    Your Intel HD Graphics 515 (Skylake) cannot accelerate vp9 [1]. Please try acceleration with h264ify.

  • @wernerfp h264ify already installed on the video and browser was restarted after it install.
    UPD.: Stop, I'm test this video again - now its realy use h264 and ffmpegdecoder!
    But CPU steel loaded over 50%. Similar load CPU have when I disable VAAPI in VLC(vlc also use ffmpeg):

    • VLC with VAAPI(vlc use 720p by default on youtube)
      0_1515617735057_Screenshot from 2018-01-11 01-41-59.png
    • VLC without VAAPI:
      0_1515617815212_Screenshot from 2018-01-11 01-56-20.png

    How can I find out if vivaldi-ffmpeg-decoder realy use VAAPI? vivaldi-ffmpeg-codecs don't depend from system ffmpeg package, that has h264_vaapi:

    # ffmpeg -codecs | grep -i h264
     DEV.LS h264                 H.264 / AVC / MPEG-4 AVC / MPEG-4 part 10 (decoders: h264 h264_v4l2m2m h264_vdpau h264_cuvid ) (encoders: libx264 libx264rgb h264_nvenc h264_v4l2m2m h264_vaapi nvenc nvenc_h264 )

  • Now everything is fine. CPU load should be similar to MPV and also 1440p will run smoothly.

    The command vainfo (libva-utils) shows the codecs supported by your Intel graphics card and ffmpeg. As far as I know, there is no difference to ffmpeg-codecs.

  • @hss said

    But CPU steel loaded over 50%. Similar load CPU have when I disable VAAPI in VLC(vlc also use ffmpeg):

    Oh, I had overlooked that between screenshots, sorry.

    If I summarize it properly:

    ~90% CPU (4 core) | Vivaldi | 1080p | vp9
    ~50% CPU (4 core) | Vivaldi | 1080p | h264

    The difference is significant I think.

    ~73% CPU (4 core) | VLC | 720p | h264 | software rendering
    ~18% CPU (4 core) | VLC | 720p | h264 | hw-acceleration
    720p = 921,600px

    By the way: Quality of VLC's hw video rendering is very poor. Please compare banding on this video: https://youtu.be/po5UZnvKZ28

    For me your test results seem OK.

  • @wernerfp said in Harware acceleration for integrated video Intel HD Graphics 515:

    Now everything is fine

    I don't think so. I tested this video just now. I were download 1080p from youtube(muted) and test it in players.

    • VLC with VAAPI and mpv with --hwdec=vaapi loads CPU to 3-5% at all playing time.
    • mpv without --hwdec=vaapi and Vivaldi loads CPU to 13-16% first minute and at some clip point they both jump up to 100% and then go down to 60-70% of avg(from all 4 threads) CPU usage. At this moments video freezes.
      I were use local 1080p copy of this video in all test.

    Now I can definitely say that Vivaldi don't use VAAPI acceleration of my GPU. Yes, with h264ify I can see videos more smoothly but it still software rendering and still freezes exists.

    P.S.: If I bad explain in English, I can record new screencast.

  • @wernerfp

    # vainfo
    libva info: VA-API version 1.0.0
    libva info: va_getDriverName() returns 0
    libva info: Trying to open /usr/lib/dri/i965_drv_video.so
    libva info: Found init function __vaDriverInit_1_0
    libva info: va_openDriver() returns 0
    vainfo: VA-API version: 1.0 (libva 2.0.0)
    vainfo: Driver version: Intel i965 driver for Intel(R) Skylake - 2.0.0
    vainfo: Supported profile and entrypoints
          VAProfileMPEG2Simple            :	VAEntrypointVLD
          VAProfileMPEG2Simple            :	VAEntrypointEncSlice
          VAProfileMPEG2Main              :	VAEntrypointVLD
          VAProfileMPEG2Main              :	VAEntrypointEncSlice
          VAProfileH264ConstrainedBaseline:	VAEntrypointVLD
          VAProfileH264ConstrainedBaseline:	VAEntrypointEncSlice
          VAProfileH264ConstrainedBaseline:	VAEntrypointEncSliceLP
          VAProfileH264ConstrainedBaseline:	VAEntrypointFEI
          VAProfileH264Main               :	VAEntrypointVLD
          VAProfileH264Main               :	VAEntrypointEncSlice
          VAProfileH264Main               :	VAEntrypointEncSliceLP
          VAProfileH264Main               :	VAEntrypointFEI
          VAProfileH264High               :	VAEntrypointVLD
          VAProfileH264High               :	VAEntrypointEncSlice
          VAProfileH264High               :	VAEntrypointEncSliceLP
          VAProfileH264High               :	VAEntrypointFEI
          VAProfileH264MultiviewHigh      :	VAEntrypointVLD
          VAProfileH264MultiviewHigh      :	VAEntrypointEncSlice
          VAProfileH264StereoHigh         :	VAEntrypointVLD
          VAProfileH264StereoHigh         :	VAEntrypointEncSlice
          VAProfileVC1Simple              :	VAEntrypointVLD
          VAProfileVC1Main                :	VAEntrypointVLD
          VAProfileVC1Advanced            :	VAEntrypointVLD
          VAProfileNone                   :	VAEntrypointVideoProc
          VAProfileJPEGBaseline           :	VAEntrypointVLD
          VAProfileJPEGBaseline           :	VAEntrypointEncPicture
          VAProfileVP8Version0_3          :	VAEntrypointVLD
          VAProfileVP8Version0_3          :	VAEntrypointEncSlice
          VAProfileHEVCMain               :	VAEntrypointVLD
          VAProfileHEVCMain               :	VAEntrypointEncSlice

  • @wernerfp said in Harware acceleration for integrated video Intel HD Graphics 515:

    For me your test results seem OK.

    Please read my last 2 messages.

  • @hxss said

    Now I can definitely say that Vivaldi don't use VAAPI acceleration of my GPU.

    Maybe so. I'm not sure that it is a Vivaldi problem. Firefox (in Arch) directly uses ffmpeg (about:config | layers.acceleration.force-enabled;true). CPU load by Vivaldi and Firefox in h264 is identical - at least on my systems.

    If the problem can't be solved with your GPU, you may enjoy a workaround: I'm using a starter "MPV stream" which points to a bash script that fetches video urls from clipboard and starts them with mpv:

    CLIP=$(xsel -bo)
    TIME=$(date +%T)
    NAME=$(echo $CLIP | sed -e 's/?.*$//' -e 's/.*\///')
    TITLE=$(echo "Start $TIME $NAME")
    mpv --deband --title="$TITLE" --force-media-title="$TITLE" "$CLIP" & exit

  • This is from Win10. But this is software rendering because VLC without acceleration on windows load CPU to same 25-30%

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    @hxss Strange, should work fine as hardware acceleration is active on your Vivaldi.
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  • @gwen-dragon Done. Bug report sent.

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    Note for us: VB-36945 "[Linux] HW-acceleration doesn't work on Intel HD Graphics 515"


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