Raspberry Pi gets MPEG-2, VC-1 decoding, as well as H.264 encoding and CEC

Raspberry Pi get some new superpowers, MPEG-2 and VC-1 decoding, H.264 encoding.

@anthony256
Published Sun, Aug 26 2012 10:24 PM CDT   |   Updated Tue, Nov 3 2020 12:27 PM CST

In order to get the Raspberry Pi's pricing down to a low point, there had to be some cuts made to its abilities. First of which, was the cull of MPEG-2 decoding. MPEG-2 licensing fees would've increased the Raspberry Pi's pricing by at least 10%.

Raspberry Pi gets MPEG-2, VC-1 decoding, as well as H.264 encoding and CEC | TweakTown.com

But, it looks like the foundation has found a way around this, and for just $3.16, users can purchase an individual MPEG-2 license for each of their boards through the organizations' online store. The same goes for Microsoft's VC-1 standard, which can be purchased for $1.58.

H.264 encoding isn't left out, with OpenMax components needed to develop applications with H.264 functionality, and are now enabled from the latest firmware. With CEC tagging along for the ride, we're also looking at XBian and OpenELEC operating systems that can use a single IR remote to control a Raspberry Pi, a TV and other connected goods.

Anthony is a long time PC enthusiast with a passion of hate for games built around consoles. FPS gaming since the pre-Quake days, where you were insulted if you used a mouse to aim, he has been addicted to gaming and hardware ever since. Working in IT retail for 10 years gave him great experience with custom-built PCs. His addiction to GPU tech is unwavering.

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