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How to enable Intel hardware acceleration for video playback in RHEL/CentOS 8

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Having your software leverage hardware as much as possible is a good thing.

The same applies to video playback hardware acceleration, of course. Instead of using the CPU, the graphics card should be leveraged for the job.

Do you have an Intel integrated graphics card and CentOS/RHEL 8 system? Read on 🙂

Enable Required Repositories

First, ensure all required RPM repositories are set up on your system:

EPEL

sudo dnf -y install https://dl.fedoraproject.org/pub/epel/epel-release-latest-8.noarch.rpm

On RHEL 8, it is recommended to also enable the codeready-builder-for-rhel-8-*-rpms repository since EPEL packages may depend on packages from it:

sudo subscription-manager repos --enable "codeready-builder-for-rhel-8-*-rpms"

On CentOS 8 it is recommended to also enable the PowerTools repository since EPEL packages may depend on packages from it:

sudo dnf config-manager --set-enabled PowerTools

GetPageSpeed repo

sudo dnf -y install https://extras.getpagespeed.com/release-el8-latest.rpm

RPM Fusion

Follow along configuration and set up both free and nonfree RPM repositories.

Install VLC

sudo dnf install vlc

Install VA-API implementation for Intel G45 and HD Graphics family

sudo dnf install libva-intel-driver

Run vlc on the command line to check:

vlc "https://youtu.be/6An_c0FOlew"

Output should include, e.g.:

[00007f03b06656e0] avcodec decoder: Using Intel i965 driver for Intel(R) Coffee Lake – 2.1.0 for hardware decoding

Hardware video acceleration in Chrome

Browser is another story. It needs to support the aforementioned VA-API interface. And the standard Chrome version doesn’t.

There is a project named chromium-vaapi, which is basically a Chromium that integrates the necessary patches for supporting VA-API, and thus hardware acceleration!

So you can;

sudo dnf install chromium-vaapi

This will install the Chromium with VA-API support. To verify if video acceleration is supported, go to chrome://gpu page. And you will see it say:

Video Decode: Hardware accelerated

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