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How to turn on GPU/HW Assist for YouTube on Chrome?

I have turned on the GUP/HW assist functions on Chrome browser already. It seems to work with Netflix video. However, the YouTube video seems to bypass the HW assist. Can someone point out how to fix that?

I have a 55Mbps Internet access. On Netflix video, it plays smoothly. The CPU loading is about 50% and the GPU loading is about 45%. So it seems fine.

On the other hand, YouTube video would freeze momentarily from time to time. The CPU loading is near 99% most of the time and the GPU loading is at 0% most of the time.

So I am wondering if there is a setting on YouTube that needs to turn on HW assist?

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Clarification Request
Why?

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My Chrome video acceleration works on Netflix video....

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I am not sure if I follow you. I went to "chrome://flags" and enabled a few flags on video acceleration. It works on Netflix video. Somehow it does not work on YouTube video.

I am running Windows Vista as a reference.

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Google has some discussions on that.

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I can't be sure why it's not working but you can read in the Google forums about why they don't enable it or the changes over time. If I write how here, it can change in the next build.

My advice is to get into a Google Chrome forum.
Bob

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I have to guess you need to know when the hardware assist

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Just to be clear, the hardware assist only kicks in when the video is encoded in ways that the hardware decoder can help. So it's proper for it to not always work. I have to guess how much you know about that.
Bob

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I try FireFox and it works great

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So apparently my GPU can offload YouTube video processing.

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Now how to get Google to code it up?

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Remember we are covering topics already open over on the Google forums. Firefox coders seem to push the envelope at times. Google tends to be a little more reserved.

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Ok. I posted my issue on Google's Chrome forum

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Hopefully someone would comment on it. I have the latest version (V35) of chrome and it seems to do a good job on offloading Netflix video acceleration to the GPU card. I get about 45% of load level on the GPU playing Netflix on Chrome. If I play the same Netflix video on Firefox, the GPU only gets 10% load. So apparently, Chrome is more aggressive in offloading video to GPU than Firefox.

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Which only proves

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That it's the whole enchilada that matters. Encoding, add-ins, web site design, etc. If it was a setting you would have found it and been done.
Bob

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(NT) Have you tried the Youtube HTML5 rendering instead?

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It does that already

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I right click the YouTube video and it shows HTML5 there. So I assume that it is playing HTML5 already.

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Use h264ify chrome extension

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The VP8 video codec that youtube uses is not hardware accelerated yet. H.264 codec is hence install chrome h264ify chrome extension to force youtube to use H.264 codec.

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