Prepare installation media
Base installation of Linux Mint
- Follow the standard Linux Mint installation procedure - choose timezone, partitions, username, password etc.
- Disconnect the installation media and reboot.
- Login using previously selected username and password.
ATI Catalyst video driver
- fglrx is a proprietary ATI Catalyst video driver for Linux
- fglrx drivers above the version 13.350 aren't compatible to fitlet. Don't use it!
RadeonSI open-source video driver
- RadeonSI exceed the ATI Catalyst video driver in many benchmark tests
- RadeonSI provides HW video acceleration for wider range of video codecs
sudo apt-get install mesa-vdpau-drivers-lts-vivid vdpau-va-driver vainfo vdpauinfo
sudo ln -s vdpau_drv_video.so radeonsi_drv_video.so
- Run vainfo and vdpauinfo commands to view list of supported accelerated profiles
Kodi and VLC
- Kodi (formerly known as XBMC) and VLC are well known free and open-source multimedia players
- Both of them use HW accelerated video decoding and give excellent playback quality
- Both of them compatible with the most popular video formats
$ sudo add-apt-repository ppa:team-xbmc/ppa
$ sudo apt-get update
$ sudo apt-get install kodi vlc
- Kodi will support HW video acceleration out of the box
- In VLC you need to select Tools->Preferences->Input and Codecs->Hardware-accelerated decoding->Video Acceleration (VA) API