Nvidia NVDEC

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Nvidia NVDEC (formerly known as NVCUVID)[1] is a feature in its graphics cards that performs video decoding, offloading this compute-intensive task from the CPU.[2]

It is accompanied by NVENC for video encoding in Nvidia's Video Codec SDK.[2]


NVDEC can offload video decoding to full fixed-function decoding hardware (Nvidia PureVideo), or (partially) decode via CUDA software running on the GPU, if fixed-function hardware is not available.[2][3]

Depending on the GPU architecture, the following codecs are supported:[4]


NVCUVID was originally distributed as part of the Nvidia CUDA Toolkit.[3] Later, it was renamed to NVDEC and moved to the Nvidia Video Codec SDK.[1]

Operating system support[edit]

NVDEC is available for Windows and Linux operating systems.[2] As NVDEC is a proprietary API (as opposed to the open-source VDPAU API), it is only supported by the proprietary Nvidia driver on Linux.

Application and library support[edit]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ a b "Video Decoder". CUDA Toolkit Documentation. Nvidia. Retrieved 2017-11-12.
  2. ^ a b c d "NVIDIA VIDEO CODEC SDK". NVIDIA Developer. Nvidia. Retrieved 2017-11-12.
  3. ^ a b "Nvidia Video Decoder (NVCUVID) Interface" (PDF). Nvidia. November 2015. Retrieved 2017-11-12.
  4. ^ "Video Encode and Decode GPU Support Matrix". NVIDIA Developer. Nvidia. Retrieved 2017-11-12.
  5. ^ Michael Larabel (27 June 2017). "GStreamer Adds NVDEC NVIDIA GPU Decoding Support". Phoronix.
  6. ^ Michael Larabel (11 November 2017). "FFmpeg Lands NVDEC-Accelerated H.264 Decoding". Phoronix.
  7. ^ wm4 (28 October 2017). "vd_lavc: add support for nvdec hwaccel". GitHub.

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