XBMC for Android With Hardware Video Decoding on Telechips TCC8925 Processor

Taehyun Kim, a developer working for Inisoft (Korea), has been working on video hardware acceleration on Diceplayer for Telechips TCC8925 processor (The one used in CX-01 and Zero Devices Z900) and call this player from XBMC. He has uploaded a video to demo his progress and that’s pretty impressive.

You can try it yourself by downloading and installing the following apps:

You’ll also need to create a file called playercorefactory.xml in /sdcard/Android/data/org.xbmc.xbmc/files/.xbmc/userdata directory with the following content:

<player name="MPC-HC" type="ExternalPlayer" audio="false" video="true">
<rules action="prepend">
<rule video="true" player="MPC-HC"/>

I’ve tried it in Zero Devices Z900. The default language is Korean, but you should manage if you’re familiar with XBMC interface. When you play videos, you lose the usual XBMC interface, as those are played in Diceplayer. I haven’t connected external USB storage to the device, and I’ve tried it over samba, so because of the limited Wi-Fi bandwidth, 1080p videos could not play smoothly at all, but Kim said he can play 42Mbps H.264 High profile samples via Ethernet, using a Telechips TCC8925 set-top box development platform.

Diceplayer is close-sourced, but Kim provided a patch for XBMC (http://trac.xbmc.org/ticket/13267). He Apparently used stagefright-openmax for the implementation in Diceplayer. I suppose something similar might be achievable with other players such as MX Player, as the XBMC patch is just a few lines long and calls Diceplayer.

You can follow the discussion on XBMC forums if you wish.

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17 Replies to “XBMC for Android With Hardware Video Decoding on Telechips TCC8925 Processor”

  1. NFS will give you almost 3 times the transfer speed smb does. you can install hanewin for windows and mount the share in your android.

  2. @MCG
    Yes you’re right, but this may not be possible for everybody if you have other players that only support SAMBA in your LAN. However, if your shares are read-only, I suppose it should be OK to have the SAMBA and NFS servers for the same directories.

    I’ve tested the Wi-Fi connection in my LAN with SAMBA and HTTP, and the speed difference is not that great. I think 1.3 MB/s (~10 Mbps) vs 1.5 MB/s (~12 Mbps), so the bottleneck must really be the Wi-Fi connection. Other mini-PCs I’ve tried are only marginally faster (~15 Mbps).

  3. @.jon
    XBMC is not a normal android app. It heavily depends on internal UI framework.
    It is very hard to add hw decoding and rendering to XBMC android.

  4. @Amber
    Android does not have standard renderer and codec interface.
    xbmc structues is not suitable for android media framework. There are no java code in android xbmc.

  5. But it’s possible to use OpenMAX for H/W acceleration with standart XBMC player (except Amlogic, Rockchip and Allwinner) ?

  6. @cnxsoft
    If you have wifi module, you can use market version of diceplayer.
    Hardkernel will include special version of diceplayer in future release of odroid android image.

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