I have a custom board that is similar to Odroid C2 i.e. it is powered by Amlogic S905 with a Mali 450 GPU.

Support from Amlogic is limited, so I cannot turn to the manufacturer.

I am running Arch linux (Kernel 3.14, I know it is old, I'm ok with it.) on it and it works quite well for all my needs. The only additional thing I want it to do is be able to play videos using GPU acceleration using any open source player like mplayer or newer alternatives.

I know GPU acceleration can work on this board because I have played with another download of Arch linux from a custom Rom developer who has installed Kodi on it that is successfully able to use GPU acceleration on it with Kodi.

I'm at a loss on how to install mplayer and get it to use GPU. Any assistance with directions on how to achieve this is appreciated.


mplayer version with GPU is named MPlayer VA-API. you may look with version if its supports your GPU familly

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    This does not provide an answer to the question. To critique or request clarification from an author, leave a comment below their post. - From Review
    – Kevdog777
    Jan 4 '18 at 8:21
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    @Kevdog777 and the upvoters: To me it seems this perfectly answers the question. To use the GPU, you need the VA-API version; that's what the OP seems to have missed. And the hint was added to first look whether this Mali is supported. What's wrong with the answer?
    – Philippos
    Jan 4 '18 at 12:18
  • Thanks Francois! I'll spend some time with MPlayer VA-API and revert back to update.
    – Curious101
    Jan 4 '18 at 23:02
  • @Philippos well the OP has asked for assistance in installing the software. This answer does not show how to install it. Yes it is a suggestion to use MPlayer VA-API but would be good to give step-by-step instructions on how to install it (to avoid confusion). Remember the OP asked: "I'm at a loss on how to install mplayer and get it to use GPU". So a little more detail is no harm - to me, this was more of a comment than an answer.
    – Kevdog777
    Jan 5 '18 at 12:17

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