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Well the pi3 does not support h265 acceleration natively, it should have been better to use it on h264 movies.

That is correct. A pi 4 can doe h265 acceleration, but for anything other than a pi 4, use h264 content.

Hardware acceleration comes in degrees... It's totally possible to hand-code some GPU firmware to decode any bitstream far more efficiently than the CPU can do it...

It's just a lot of work, and either Broadcom hasn't done it, or they don't want to license it to the Raspberry Pi.

I thought (for some reason, I could be wrong), that hardware acceleration for h265 implies actual dedicated silicon, either in the SoC itself or on the board?

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