Windows 10 gets hardware accelerated AV1 video support

[German]Microsoft has announced, that Windows 10 get support for hardware accelerated AVI video output from this autumn. The technology will soon be provided by hardware partners (via new GPUs).


In the Techcommunity article AV1 Hardware Accelerated Video on Windows 10 Microsoft now announces innovations for Windows 10. In Autumn 2020, Microsoft's hardware partners plan to introduce hardware-accelerated AV1 video support on new Windows 10 systems with the latest GPUs. As video consumes an increasing amount of the world's Internet traffic, better compression technology is helping to improve video image quality while reducing bandwidth consumption.

AV1, developed by the Alliance for Open Media (AOM), can achieve 50% better compression than H.264 and 20% better than VP9 for the same video content. By enabling hardware support for AV1, users can take advantage of this improved video codec, and shifting the decoding work from software to hardware typically reduces power consumption and increases battery life on mobile devices.

So all this only comes with special graphics cards and graphics chips. Microsoft specifies the following components and restrictions to get this support:

As is common with new features like this, you may need to update your graphics driver from time to time to get the latest features and improvements. Further details may be found within the article AV1 Hardware Accelerated Video on Windows 10.

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