[vdr] Softdevice or Xine?

Nicolas Huillard nhuillard at e-dition.fr
Mon Sep 26 13:08:57 CEST 2005

Jan Ekholm a écrit :
> Hi,
>     Softdevice
>     http://www.vdr-wiki.de/wiki/index.php/Softdevice-plugin
>     Xine-plugin
>     http://www.vdr-wiki.de/wiki/index.php/Xine-plugin
> Comments?

Basically, you'd better use softdevice when your PC is dedicated to VDR
(no other output than the DVB video, no keyboard/mouse). Xine is better
suited if you don't mind use a keyboard, or the PC is not dedicated.
Reason is : vdr + xine is a client + server setup, and you have to start
both programs independently, or have a reliable starter to
launch/restart both.

Xine can make use of XvMC accelerator, but you don't have one with ATI
(ie. no implementation), and your CPU is good enough.

softdevice will bring you quite the same environment as the FF-card you
leave (single process, a few more threads, etc.) It is in really good
shape these days, and softplay is a great add-on to it. There may
eventually be hardware acceleration things in the future.

There is another plugin : xineliboutput. This one is in the middle of
the previous ones : uses xinelib for output, all linked in a single process.

I wrote a post on this list regarding the possibilities, and someone
uploaded it to the english Wiki on linuxtv.org. Check there too.


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