JellyFin adds support for Rockchip RK3588 MPP hardware acceleration

Jellyfin RK3588

Jellyfin open-source media server has recently added support for Rockchip RK3588 MPP hardware acceleration, which means the software supports video hardware decoding and encoding, hardware scalers, and other features.

The GitHub request lists the following changes:

  • Add full HWA transcoding pipeline for Rockchip RKMPP
  • HW decoder (MPEG1, MPEG2, MPEG4, H264, HEVC, VP8, VP9, AV1)
  • HW encoder (H264, HEVC) up to 1080p @ 480fps / 4k @ 120fps on RK3588
  • HW scaler, format conversion, and subtitle burn-in
  • HW HDR-to-SDR tone-mapping (requires OpenCL, RK3588 only)
  • The OpenCL runtime can be downloaded and installed from libmali-valhall-g610-g13p0-x11-wayland-gbm_1.9-1_arm64.deb
  • Support lossless AFBC (Arm frame buffer compression) to save memory bandwidth and improve FPS
  • Support async RGA filter and MPP encoder

If indeed decoding and encoding can be performed simultaneously, that would mean video transcoding can be offloaded to the Rockchip RK3588’s VPU. The changes has been tested with Linux 5.10 and Linux 6.1, but do not work with mainline Linux at this time.

nyanmisaka also provided a docker image for testing last month:


But it’s likely not needed anymore since Jellyfin-ffmpeg 6.0.1-2 already implements the changes and requires Jellyfin 10.8.10 or newer. It’s available for a range of operating systems including Debian 10/11/12 and Ubuntu 20.04/22.04/23.04, and you’d need to select the Jellyfin arm64 images for MPP hardware decoding/encoding to work on Rockchip RK3588.

Thanks to mecobutnot for the tip.

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Rogan Dawes
Rogan Dawes
1 month ago

I see that Frigate NVR also has specific support for various Rockchip CPU/NPU hardware: https://docs.frigate.video/frigate/hardware/

meco
meco
1 month ago

It’s going to be available in Jellyfin 10.9. Per https://github.com/jellyfin/jellyfin-ffmpeg/issues/34#issuecomment-1914392752

nyanmisaka
1 month ago

In case anyone doesn’t know, RK3588 is the first ARM SBC chip that can compete with Intel in video transcoding performance. In this regard, its energy efficiency is much higher than that of the competing Intel N100 (ADL-N).

CampGareth
CampGareth
1 month ago

Aw, I just got Plex set up on my RK3588 NAS. I guess I should switch to Jellyfin as I found I couldn’t transcode 4k h.265 to 1080p h.264 in real time on the CPU. The space savings from switching to h.265 would also be nice.

urostor
urostor
1 month ago

Good riddance. Plex has become malware already a while ago.

Bill
Bill
1 month ago

I hope that we can see Kodi and LibreELEC have similar hardware accelerated functionality soon.

urostor
urostor
26 days ago

Kodi already does, if you use the amazingfate repository for Ubuntu Jammy.

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