Is there a way VLC to use vdpau as video output ? Mplayer and Gnomemplayer can use it and the video playback uses as little as 2-4 % CPU power even on 1080p movies. Xorg and Kwin continue to use pretty much CPU power in video playback process , I suppose there is no way to limit them or there is ?

Open Suse 11.4 86x64, KDE4-4.5.6, NVidia 275.xxx.xxx

I read somewhere that you needed to install vaapi-tools, libvpx0 & the nVIDIA driver in order to use VLC with vdpau. But that was a long time ago and not sure about that today. All files should be from Packman as vlc can also be obtained from videolan.org, but it is an older version there. Check to see if the if the first two are loaded. The nVIDIA driver is up to 280.13 directly from nVIDIA. Any reason to be using the older version? Have a look at my blog on the subject here:

Installing the nVIDIA Video Driver the Hard Way - Blogs - openSUSE Forums

Thank You,

VDPAU will be supported in nextr version of VLC. For now your only way is to download snapshot of sources, find that VDPAU patch, and compile. No special driver is needed.