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RE: Allwinner A10 : Is XBMC ported to MALI-400MP ? - Vaevictus2 - 2012-07-20

---------- Forwarded message ----------
From: "AW Service" <[email protected]>
Date: Jul 20, 2012 5:35 PM
Subject: Re: XBMC Support


Dear XBMC Members,

Thanks for your keen interest in A10 as well as your great patience. Lately we have received more than 120+ emails from you guys asking for further support on XBMC which has attracted us great attention. Again we have discussed your request seriously and an agreement has been reached that Allwinner will try our best to support the community and in order to support standard firmware like XBMC Allwinner will modify the framework of CedarX if necessary. Weng has always been one of you and he gets to know Allwinner platform as well as CedarX very well with the past years' of support from Allwinner. We have asked him to contact Gimli and J1nx to figure out your actual needs. Hope with the joint efforts A10 hardware accelerator can be performed on XMBC ASAP.

Again thank you very much for each of you and your efforts on A10 open source projects.

Have a nice weekend.

Best regards,
Eva


Re: Allwinner A10 : Is XBMC ported to MALI-400MP ? - bornagainpengui - 2012-07-21

Big Grin Looks like this just got real!


Re: Allwinner A10 : Is XBMC ported to MALI-400MP ? - madpanter - 2012-07-21

Damn it would be nice to run xbmc on mele a1000/2000.


RE: Allwinner A10 : Is XBMC ported to MALI-400MP ? - propJohn - 2012-07-21

(2012-07-21, 05:15)bornagainpengui Wrote: Big Grin Looks like this just got real!
All that means is Allwinner is interested.

Their freedom to act is going to depend on who else is involved. If they've licensed tech from another entity then they may be contractually obligated to withhold certain information that the XBMC developers require. If the only way to interact with their hardware is via a closed source library, that can have implications if the application linking to it is GPL'd.

Heck, sometimes even being willing to sign an NDA and provide a closed application is not enough to get some of these people to share. A project I was involved in had to change parts because the supplier refused to do anything other than offer a Windows driver. Their loss of a high volume contract.




RE: Allwinner A10 : Is XBMC ported to MALI-400MP ? - wizziwig - 2012-07-21

It is highly unlikely they will release any source code to their internal decoder libs. On a low-cost chipset handling so many codecs, I doubt everything is 100% properly licensed. Revealing their code would only open them up to patent trolls. Even giants like Microsoft are not immune (just look at the Motorola h.264 lawsuit). Best you can hope for is improved binary blobs that fix the bugs blocking them from being used in Linux.


RE: Allwinner A10 : Is XBMC ported to MALI-400MP ? - Nu7s - 2012-07-22

Well, at least they show some interest. Not easy to get this reaction from a big company.

I found a (possible) interesting link on CNX named "Nightly Builds for AllWinner A10 U-boot, Linux Kernel and Hardware Packs"

http://www.cnx-software.com/2012/07/20/nightly-builds-for-allwinner-a10-u-boot-linux-kernel-and-hardware-packs/

Maybe something usefull in there?


RE: Allwinner A10 : Is XBMC ported to MALI-400MP ? - Djape - 2012-07-22

I'm building it, but I doubt there is hardware acceleration working in there.
I left it, will check tomorrow.


RE: Allwinner A10 : Is XBMC ported to MALI-400MP ? - Lupu - 2012-07-22

How does players like "MX player" / "MoboPlayer" handle hardware decoding in android?
- I has able to play a couple of 1080p mkv files with them.
- MX player can even hw decode a mpeg2 in a mpegts http stream with hw deinterlacing.

I guess that they use some generic(=not Allwinner specific) android interface, OpenMax / Stagefright or something else ..


RE: Allwinner A10 : Is XBMC ported to MALI-400MP ? - Nu7s - 2012-07-23

Just another link I came across, don't know If it's worth anything for anyone but better too much info then too less:

https://github.com/amery

There are some allwinner-a10-video binairies in there.


RE: Allwinner A10 : Is XBMC ported to MALI-400MP ? - grudnevkv - 2012-07-23

(2012-07-23, 11:59)Nu7s Wrote: https://github.com/amery
There are some allwinner-a10-video binairies in there.
Yep, it seems there's even some documentation of Video codec API
https://github.com/amery/allwinner-a10-video
https://github.com/amery/allwinner-a10-video/blob/master/Libve%20User%20Guide-2011.7.6.pdf




RE: Allwinner A10 : Is XBMC ported to MALI-400MP ? - Djape - 2012-07-23

(2012-07-22, 01:48)Nu7s Wrote: Well, at least they show some interest. Not easy to get this reaction from a big company.

I found a (possible) interesting link on CNX named "Nightly Builds for AllWinner A10 U-boot, Linux Kernel and Hardware Packs"

http://www.cnx-software.com/2012/07/20/nightly-builds-for-allwinner-a10-u-boot-linux-kernel-and-hardware-packs/

Maybe something usefull in there?

I've built it and was able to boot to Ubuntu Desktop, using Mele-1000 VGA hardware pack (can't wait to see fix to use both hdmi and VGA).
Just for a note, system is painfully slow.
I hope if we run XBMC without window manager, it will be much better.
I will try playing with this.
Cheers...
P.S. Was away several minutes, screen went off, system is unresponsive.


RE: Allwinner A10 : Is XBMC ported to MALI-400MP ? - Nu7s - 2012-07-23

(2012-07-23, 13:26)Djape Wrote:
(2012-07-22, 01:48)Nu7s Wrote: Well, at least they show some interest. Not easy to get this reaction from a big company.

I found a (possible) interesting link on CNX named "Nightly Builds for AllWinner A10 U-boot, Linux Kernel and Hardware Packs"

http://www.cnx-software.com/2012/07/20/nightly-builds-for-allwinner-a10-u-boot-linux-kernel-and-hardware-packs/

Maybe something usefull in there?

I've built it and was able to boot to Ubuntu Desktop, using Mele-1000 VGA hardware pack (can't wait to see fix to use both hdmi and VGA).
Just for a note, system is painfully slow.
I hope if we run XBMC without window manager, it will be much better.
I will try playing with this.
Cheers...
P.S. Was away several minutes, screen went off, system is unresponsive.

I'm happy you found it usefull. Keep me updated! Thanks


RE: Allwinner A10 : Is XBMC ported to MALI-400MP ? - Djape - 2012-07-23

I've installed XBMC on it.
Starts, XBMC logo shows up after 1 minute, after 5 minutes fully loads XBMC (which is unresponsive btw) and then X session crashes.
That would be it.


RE: Allwinner A10 : Is XBMC ported to MALI-400MP ? - Nu7s - 2012-07-23

I don't know how to interpret that result? Why is the performance on a Raspberry that much better? No X frontend? Hardware acceleration?


RE: Allwinner A10 : Is XBMC ported to MALI-400MP ? - Shivansps - 2012-07-23

Because Raspy is not loading a full gnome/Unity 3D Desktop... If you gona use Linaro, you must use the Alip one.

Remove than thing and set up a Xubutu or Lubuntu Desktop, it peforms much better. Hardware Acceleration for X is needed in order to even try to run Unity.