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What codecs (audio or video) are hardware accelerated?

asked 2014-04-06 21:18:22 +0300

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updated 2014-04-22 06:07:14 +0300

What is the total list of encoders and decoders for either audio or video that are accelerated by the Jolla hardware? Which codecs activate the hardware acceleration?

I believe that the built-in video recorder records in h.263(sic!) for video and AAC for audio. I assume those formats have hardware acceleration. Am I right about this?

If there is someone within Jolla that has the definite answer to this, that would be great!

If anyone has any idea at all about this, we can at least collect what we guess is true here.

EDIT: There is this link: , but it is still limited to what the video recorder is currently doing (same as already mentioned above). @rainisto is from Jolla, and seems to have some info on this (as mentioned in the link presented by @chemist, in the comments).

@rainisto: Do you happen to have an answer to this? Could you perhaps dig out a list of codecs supported by the hardware acceleration of the Jolla?

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answered 2015-09-03 16:29:26 +0300

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updated 2015-09-03 21:39:34 +0300

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We record in MPEG4 not H263

HW accelerated codecs (for Jolla phone only) are: MPEG4 video, H264 and H263 We use SW audio codecs which are not HW accelerated.

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MPEG4 is a container format, not a codec. Depending on it's Part it can support different codecs, which could be for example H.264 (since Part 10). Also in my understanding Jolla records video using H.263 codec, and saves the video+audio to an mp4 container. could you check and update?

simo ( 2015-09-03 16:47:32 +0300 )edit

It's MPEG4 alright, but merely Simple Profile. Even XviD is more advanced... Why doesn't the camera record in AVC?

fuzzillogic@my-pc:~/Videos$ mediainfo video.mp4
Complete name                            : video.mp4
Format                                   : MPEG-4
Format profile                           : QuickTime
Codec ID                                 : qt  
File size                                : 1.77 GiB
Duration                                 : 21mn 3s
Overall bit rate mode                    : Variable
Overall bit rate                         : 12.0 Mbps

ID                                       : 1
Format                                   : MPEG-4 Visual
Format profile                           : Simple@L6
Format settings, BVOP                    : Yes
Format settings, QPel                    : No
Format settings, GMC                     : No warppoints
Format settings, Matrix                  : Default (H.263)
Codec ID                                 : 20
Duration                                 : 21mn 3s
Bit rate mode                            : Constant
Bit rate                                 : 11.9 Mbps
Width                                    : 1 920 pixels
Height                                   : 1 088 pixels
Display aspect ratio                     : 16:9
Frame rate mode                          : Variable
Frame rate                               : 29.771 fps
Minimum frame rate                       : 0.879 fps
Maximum frame rate                       : 130.435 fps
Color space                              : YUV
Bit depth                                : 8 bits
Scan type                                : Progressive
Compression mode                         : Lossy
Bits/(Pixel*Frame)                       : 0.191
Stream size                              : 1.75 GiB (99%)
Language                                 : English

ID                                       : 2
Format                                   : AAC
Format/Info                              : Advanced Audio Codec
Format profile                           : LC
Codec ID                                 : 40
Duration                                 : 21mn 3s
Bit rate mode                            : Variable
Bit rate                                 : 128 Kbps
Maximum bit rate                         : 169 Kbps
Channel(s)                               : 2 channels
Channel positions                        : Front: L R
Sampling rate                            : 48.0 KHz
Compression mode                         : Lossy
Stream size                              : 19.8 MiB (1%)
Language                                 : English
Fuzzillogic ( 2015-09-03 19:30:15 +0300 )edit

@Fuzzilogic: Does Jolla have enough money to pay MPEG LA the licensing fee for using the (patented) AVC codec?

Copernicus ( 2015-09-03 19:38:12 +0300 )edit

Maybe some tablet orders might be helpful for that :D

Still, @MSameer can you please update your answer. Data above confirms the H.263

simo ( 2015-09-03 19:52:23 +0300 )edit

@simo: I would be greatly surprised if Jolla breaks even on their tablets, let alone makes a profit. The volumes they are selling are just too low to cover their costs...

Copernicus ( 2015-09-03 20:35:06 +0300 )edit
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