MECOOL Android TV Box KM6 Series w/ Amlogic S905X4 SoC
(2021-06-01, 09:47)noggin Wrote:
(2021-05-30, 19:56)Chambers Wrote: Right, so the kodi player isn't smart enough to know when hardware decoding is available and use that? Seems like MX Player does it that way.
(2021-05-30, 19:28)Smuttychef Wrote: Kodi 19 includes software decoding for AV1.

Not quite.  AIUI MX Player often signs NDAs to allow them to bypass the standard Android APIs that Kodi uses for playback, and instead access hardware decode directly via private, vendor-specific, APIs. This breaks the open source licensing for Kodi - so isn't an avenue that is of interest to Kodi devs.

It may well be that the Mecool hardware acceleration isn't fully available via standard Android APIs yet, or that the acceleration in question isn't advertised correctly via them.

Of course this may not be relevant in this case - and it may just be that AV1 is still such a niche requirement that Kodi Android devs (of which there aren't that many AIUI) haven't extended standard API support for AV1 decode yet? (Not a case of the player not being smart enough - just a case that there aren't enough smart people interested or with enough spare time to give for free to implement it? )

Thank you very much for responding with such a great explanation. Sure gives me more insights in why it's not using hardware for playback, I appreciate it.

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RE: MECOOL Android TV Box KM6 Series w/ Amlogic S905X4 SoC - by Chambers - 2021-06-01, 13:41

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