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Amiga Events : New RadeonHD v2.4 From A-EON Technology
Posted by amigakit on 2014/10/27 22:26:53 (2240 reads) News by the same author
Amiga Events

New RadeonHD 2.4 drivers
Digital Composite Video Support

A-EON Technology Ltd is pleased to announce the forthcoming release of new and updated RadeonHD drivers for AmigaOS 4.

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A-EON Technology have once again commissioned Amiga graphics developer, Hans de Ruiter, to update the existing RadeonHD V1.0 drivers to add support for the new range of RadeonHD graphics cards in the R5, R7 and R9 series. Existing registered owners of the RadeonHD v1.0 drivers can update to v1.2 free of charge on AMIStore or through the A-EON secure download server.

New RadeonHD V2 driver
In our ongoing and continued commitment to the AmigaONE X1000 platform, we also commissioned Hans to deliver hardware accelerated video playback using the RadeonHD graphics card’s own GPU. The delivers full screen 1080p video playback for AmigaOS 4 using RadeonHD graphics cards for the X1000 and compatible next generation AmigaOS systems. In addition we commissioned Hans to implement DMA support for the X1000 which unlocks the raw graphic power of the RadeonHD cards. The grpahics DMA work has additionally benefited other compatible AmigaOS plaforms.

The main features of the V2 driver are:

● YUV bitmaps with CompositeTags(). YUV420p bitmaps are 37.5% the size of 32-bit ARGB bitmaps so there's less data to copy to the graphics card.
● While overlay is restricted to 1-2 surfaces and does not respect transparency, Composite Video can render an unlimited number of surfaces and can perform alpha blending instead of chroma keying which can be used for advanced video effects.
● Videos can be Rotated, warped and even projected into another video.
● Alpha blending/compositing can be used for cross-fade between video files & other effects.
● Full 1080p Video playback with supported video files
● Support for the latest generation of AMD Radeon Rx graphics cards from the R5, R7 and R9 series**

The RadeonHD V1.2 & V2 drivers reaffirm our ongoing commitment to support the AmigaONE X1000 and our future hardware systems.

www.a-eon.com

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Antique
Published: 2014/10/27 23:00  Updated: 2014/10/27 23:00
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 Re: New RadeonHD v2.4 From A-EON Technology
Really nice. Gonna update this one for sure. How much does this cost?
ddni
Published: 2014/10/27 23:56  Updated: 2014/10/27 23:56
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 Version1.2?
Current installed version on my X1000 is atiradeon.chip 53.26. This is v.1.0? Where is the download for 1.2?
Hans
Published: 2014/10/28 0:01  Updated: 2014/10/28 0:01
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 Re: Version1.2?
@ddni
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Current installed version on my X1000 is atiradeon.chip 53.26. This is v.1.0? Where is the download for 1.2?

Atiradeon.chip is for old Radeon cards. RadeonHD.chip is the one that you want.

I'm not sure if version 1.2 is available for download right now. It will probably be made available via A-EON's website, or maybe the AMIStore (when it's released). You'll have to ask A-EON for definite details.

Hans
kilaueabart
Published: 2014/10/28 0:56  Updated: 2014/10/28 0:56
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 Not even sure what driver I have! :-(
Does this line in Ranger tell me whether this news applies to me? Drivers: Board: PCIGraphics.card Chip: RadeonHD.chip
ddni
Published: 2014/10/28 8:39  Updated: 2014/10/28 8:39
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 RadeonHD.chip 1.0
Thank Hans I checked again and I have RadeonHD.chip v1.0. The A_Eon secure site gives this error: "Your AMISphere user account is not authorised to download this file." There is no indication of which version is on the site. (1.0, 1.2 or 2.4)
gerograph
Published: 2014/10/28 19:12  Updated: 2014/10/28 19:19
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 Version 2.4
@AmigaKit and Hans

A few questions:

Will my X1000/Radeon HD4650 make use of all the features inside version V2?
Which MPlayer Version do I need?
Will DVPlayer also make use of the new features?
Any "testmovies"?
Where do I get the beast from?
V 1.2 is free for X1000 owners? V2.x has to be paid for, correct?

Thanx for Infos.

gerograph
Hans
Published: 2014/10/28 21:07  Updated: 2014/10/28 21:07
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 Re: Version 2.4
@gerograph

Quote:
Will my X1000/Radeon HD4650 make use of all the features inside version V2?

Yes. Composited video is supported on all Radeon HD cards.

Quote:
Which MPlayer Version do I need?

I'm not sure of the version number. It's the one in the Radiance package

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Will DVPlayer also make use of the new features?

Yes.

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Any "testmovies"?

Here a 1080p version of Big Buck Bunny. I've also watched the 2K version of Sintel (2K = 2048 x 872 cinematic resolution). I'm sure that other people have their own favourite "testmovies."

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Where do I get the beast from?

I'll let A-EON answer this.

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V 1.2 is free for X1000 owners? V2.x has to be paid for, correct?

Correct.

Hans
tommysammy
Published: 2014/10/29 5:49  Updated: 2014/10/29 5:49
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 Re: Version 2.4
Note:
Don't expect to much. 720HD videos are working all very well. For 1080HD videos are some working well and some not. There are some heavily codecs. We need for this kind of videos gallium3D and vdau or multicore support.
K-L
Published: 2014/10/29 7:08  Updated: 2014/10/29 7:08
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 1080p decoding speed depend on codec
@Tommysammy Thanks ! That was exaclty my point when I told Hans that 1080p did not mean anything. It's the codec and the compression options that make the difference. Some 720p H264 may not be played smoothly while MPG2 (or low compressed DivX) 1080p should.
Hans
Published: 2014/10/29 8:51  Updated: 2014/10/29 8:51
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 Re: 1080p decoding speed depend on codec
@K-L

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That was exaclty my point when I told Hans that 1080p did not mean anything.

Saying that "1080p did not mean anything" is still wrong, and kind of insulting. I'll give you the benefit of the doubt because English isn't your first language, but it really sounds like you're dismissing significant performance enhancements like they "did not mean anything."

Quote:
Some 720p H264 may not be played smoothly while MPG2 (or low compressed DivX) 1080p should.

How about you wait until you've seen actual performance before making sweeping statements like that?

For your benefit, I just wasted some time running benchmarks on H.264 videos (options: -benchmark -quiet -nosound):

TEST1:
Playing Sintel.2010.720p.SURROUND.x264-VODO.mp4.
VIDEO: [H264] 1280x544 24bpp 24.000 fps 1615.8 kbps (197.2 kbyte/s)

BENCHMARKs: VC: 331.423s VO: 28.515s A: 0.000s Sys: 11.088s = 371.027s
BENCHMARK%: VC: 89.3259% VO: 7.6855% A: 0.0000% Sys: 2.9886% = 100.0000%
Internal COMP YUV FPS 57 <<<< playback FPS


TEST 2:
Playing Sintel.2010.2K.SURROUND.x264-VODO.mp4.
VIDEO: [H264] 2048x872 24bpp 24.000 fps 3727.6 kbps (455.0 kbyte/s)

BENCHMARKs: VC: 807.501s VO: 62.721s A: 0.000s Sys: 33.412s = 903.635s
BENCHMARK%: VC: 89.3614% VO: 6.9410% A: 0.0000% Sys: 3.6975% = 100.0000%
Internal COMP YUV FPS 24 <<<< playback FPS

NOTE: That last test is a cinematic 2K video. It's resolution exceeds 720p.

I bet that we could squeeze a bit more performance out if the H.264 codec supported direct rendering, thereby freeing up millions more wasted CPU cycles for decoding.

Hans
328gts
Published: 2014/10/29 15:55  Updated: 2014/10/29 15:55
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 Re: New RadeonHD v2.4 From A-EON Technology
thanks again Hans ! upwards and onwards slowly but surely but we'll get there
K-L
Published: 2014/10/29 20:19  Updated: 2014/10/29 20:19
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Hans : ah, sorry. I understand what you mean. I did not want to implie that you work is rubbish, far from this. I DO appreciate your work on Radeon HD driver (I even paid for your driver for the Sam460 test I made while I did not keep the machine). I'll make some heavy tests when new Radeon HD driver is out, with the 1.2 driver and then with the 2.4. I'll also test different versions of MPlayer and DVplayer with both drivers. I'll also test with AmigaOS 4.1 Update 6 and AmigaOS 4.1 Final Edition. Anyway, codec is what is the most important there, not the resolution. Regarding my statements, there are not affirmations but questions ("may", "should", etc...). No need to be rude. When I have realized all the tests, we'll be able to discuss all these elements.
Hans
Published: 2014/10/29 23:00  Updated: 2014/10/29 23:00
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 Re: New RadeonHD v2.4 From A-EON Technology
@K-L

Okay, thanks. I don't think that I was being rude, but my apologies if it felt that way.

However, I still feel the need to repeat: the codec alone is not the deciding factor. I can't tell if I got this point across properly, but I want to make it absolutely clear that H.264 does NOT automatically mean "game over."

H.264 has multiple profiles with various options that significantly affect the processing power required to decode the video. Depending on the profile and settings, some 1080p H.264 videos will play just fine, while others will simply be too much for one core.

For example, the Sintel videos use the High profile, with CABAC/5 reference frames. That's a pretty computationally intensive combination. Changing various options could drop the decoding requirements. For example, using CAVLC requires less processing power CABAC (albeit with tradeoffs).**

We'll have to wait and see which profiles and settings are most common. In any case, the settings can make a big difference.

Hans


** So, the benchmarks in my previous post are with computationally intensive settings. I'll leave it to you to decide how likely you think it is that a 720p H.264 video will or won't play smoothly.
noXLar
Published: 2014/10/30 3:53  Updated: 2014/10/30 3:53
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 Re: New RadeonHD v2.4 From A-EON Technology
i only have version 0.54. i have tried 2-3 month download the v1.0, but no success. i even mail a-eon twice. but i know they are probably very busy. and hope the new 2.4 are possible to purchase in about three weeks ( coming home from work)
Raziel
Published: 2014/10/30 7:37  Updated: 2014/10/30 7:37
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 Re: New RadeonHD v2.4 From A-EON Technology
@Hans

Sweet, if i understand it right you were playing the 2K video with 63% cpu usage?

Man, i wanna have...now

Thank you for all the work that has gone into the driver (hopefully more to come)
poweramiga
Published: 2014/10/31 1:09  Updated: 2014/10/31 1:09
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 Re: Version1.2?
I need to replace my video card in my A1XE what is the best card to get for use with both 3d and 2d use my 9800pro works 2 d only :(
BCP
Published: 2014/10/31 21:00  Updated: 2014/10/31 21:00
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 Re: Version1.2?
@ poweramiga

The Radeon 9250 (either AGP or PCI) is generally regarded as the best supported card. If you can find one of the ones with 256K continous memory it would be the best performing version.
interrogative
Published: 2014/11/20 14:55  Updated: 2014/11/20 14:55
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 Re: New RadeonHD v2.4 From A-EON Technology
Before installing the Radeon HD 2.4 driver, I opened up Odyssey and went to my Rendering Space and Time video on youtube in order to have a visual speed comparison to the new driver. It was very slow.

After installing the 2.4 driver, and restarting, I went back to youtube to check the speed difference. It seemed to play at the exact same speed as before. Does the OWB video player need to be rewritten to take advantage of the new driver?
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