New Update VLC Media Player adds NVIDIA RTX Video Super Resolution support

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NVIDIA unveiled RTX Super Video Resolution just two months ago. Back then, the feature was limited to the latest versions of Google Chrome and Microsoft Edge. Now, VLC Media Player, a popular cross-platform media player, is also supporting the new technology.

NVIDIA describes RTX Super Video Resolution in the following way on its website: "RTX Video Super Resolution is a new video upscaling technology that uses AI and RTX Tensor Cores to improve the quality of video watched in VLC or Chrome/Edge browser by removing blocky compression artifacts and upscaling video resolution."

In other words, it is a technology designed to improve the quality of videos. RTX Super Video Resolution may reduce the number of compression artifacts in videos, and cleaner, crisper images than the original video, according to NVIDIA.
VideoLAN, maker of VLC Media Player, has created a special version of the media player for NVIDIA RTX users. VLC Media Player 3.0.19 RTX is a custom version of the player for supported NVIDIA cards. It has Super Video Resolution enabled by default, and provided that the video card supports it and a recent driver is installed, will work right away.

It is one of the advantages that VLC Media Player offers compared to the aforementioned solutions. Whether the upscaled videos have a better quality is up for each user to decide.

RTX users need to be aware that use of the feature does increase power consumption of the video card; this is to be expected. Not many users will play games and watch videos at the same time on the same device, but those who do, may notice that performance does get affected by this in games.

3.0.19 RTX Highlights​

  • VLC 3.0.19 RTX is a custom version of "Vetinari"
  • It activates Super Resolution upscaling by default on nVidia RTX GPU
 

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