Posts by laowai

    Maybe off topic, but as a continuation of the ATV discussion.

    I had a look at this refurbished ATV offer and found the following in the ATV spec:

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    TV and Video


    H.264/HEVC SDR video up to 2160p, 60 fps, Main/Main 10 profile

    HEVC Dolby Vision (Profile 5)/HDR10 (Main 10 profile) up to 2160p

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    I had a quick look at Dolby Vision Profiles and Levels and found the following




    It looks like Profile 5 is for 1080p resolutions only.

    Looks pretty useless to me.

    Hmmm, sounds pretty gloomy...

    It is funny, when I was buying my Q5 Pro I looked at the official Kodi hardware support page and saw this:



    So I thought that Kodi is very well supported on hisilicon chipset. Of course the hw decoding is only one side of the story, although a very important one. It looks very misleading now. Kodi on Q5 Pro is not working well at all. The media center app plays videos a lot better (probably using proprietary interfaces). The chances of LE port are close to 0.


    Something tells me my box will end up on ebay soon.

    afaik there is no proper linux support available that works with the gpus, also there is likely not too much interest from the devs to support this very very expensive hardware as an 20€+ device does the same today


    Do you mean the SDK for hw accelerated video playback for linux is missing or you mean fb support/drivers for GUI? I have seen some abandoned OE port for older V100 chips, not sure if the SDK is the same or it is different and what is the source of it. I could not find any free SDK for android/linux available.


    You are right that cheap devices can do the same today and it's hard to say what might make hisilicon devices better (video quality? - subjective, inconclusive; formats support? - Dolby Vision? not sure if it actually works on hisilicon boards). Yet the chipset user base should be reasonably large now. Himedia, Egreat, Poplar, Zappiti and more. I have seen some interest to LE on futeko forums as well.


    I am not experienced in linux porting at all, but looking at the Kodi patches for V100 OE port I think I could have helped with DVDPlayer porting , of course if I had the SDK and docs.


    Please, correct me if I am wrong: it is possible to adopt Kodi to use the hisilicon proprietary interfaces for video/audio playback first (I think that some companies like Zidoo prefer this approach) and then package this Kodi up (maybe with some adjustments) into LE JeOS

    firmware. Not sure if a Kodi for Android fork would do for this purpose.