Video Perspective: AMD Steady Video Technology on AMD A-Series APUs

Subject: Editorial, Graphics Cards | July 25, 2011 - 02:23 PM |
Tagged: amd, APU, llano, steady video, a8-3850, video

In our continuing coverage of the AMD Llano-based A-Series of APUs we have another short video that discusses and evaluates the performance of AMD's Steady Video technology publicly released to the world with the 11.6 driver revision this month.  Steady Video, as we described it in our initial AMD Llano A8-3850 review is:

Using a heterogeneous computing model AMD's driver will have the ability to stabilize "bouncy" video that is usually associated with consumer cameras and unsteady hands.

Basically, AMD is on the war path to show you that your GPU can be used for more than just gaming and video transcoding.  If the APU and heterogeneous computing is to thrive, unique and useful applications of the GPU cores found in Llano, Trinity and beyond must be realized.  Real-time video filtering and stabilization with Steady Video is such an example and is exclusive to AMD GPUs and APUs.

As you can see there are no benchmarks in that video, no numbers we can really quote or reference to tell you "how much" better the corrected videos are compared to the originals.  The examples we gave you there were NOT filtered or selected because they show off the technology better or worse than any others; instead we used it for what AMD said it should be used for - amateur video taken without tripods, etc.  

And since this feature works not only AMD A-Series APUs but also on recent Radeon GPUs, I encourage you all to give it a shot and let us know what you think in our comments here below - do you find the feature useful and effective?  Would you leave the option enabled full time or just turn on when you encounter a particularly bouncy video?

If you haven't seen our previous Video Perspectives focusing on AMD A-Series of APUs, you can catch them here:

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July 26, 2011 | 10:18 AM - Posted by Anonymous (not verified)

im using Asus HD 6950, the option of steady video is there, but i can't flip the switch... any ideas guys?

July 26, 2011 | 04:49 PM - Posted by Ryan Shrout

That's odd. Are you using the 11.6b drivers?

July 26, 2011 | 06:52 PM - Posted by mickey21

Same here, using the ATI 6950 by Sapphire and option to enable is greyed out. Even redownloaded driver and did clean install. Still greyed out.

July 26, 2011 | 07:05 PM - Posted by mickey21

I did find this blurb on guru3D though stating an interesting statement as a caveat to using with GPU's. In particular, you will notice that their release notes mentions "when used in combination with an AMD CPU". That is just horse crap! I couldnt find this mentioned on the AMD website though. This should be clearly stated on their release notes about using the Steady Video feature. Very annoying.

AMD Steady Video

Steady Video is currently an AMD exclusive feature based on AMD APP Technology
By applying advanced algorithms behind the scenes, users do not have to deal with shaky or unstable video ever again!
Capabilities scale with hardware and are end user controlled
Image Stabilization brought to YouTube!
Enabled through the AMD Vision Engine Control Center
AMD Steady Video is supported on the following products:
AMD Raedon HD 6000 Series when used in combination with an AMD CPU
AMD E-450 and E300
AMD A8, A6, and A4 series
Supported in the following 3rd party players: Adobe Flash player, Windows Media player, Cyberlink PowerDVD, Corel Win DVD, ArcSoft TotalMedia Theater
Decode Acceleration of MPEG-4 part 2 content
AMD has enabled decode acceleration of MPEG-4 part 2 content in Microsoft video player applications (through MFT support) for all AMD Radeon 6000 Series

July 26, 2011 | 08:56 PM - Posted by Ryan Shrout

This is actually a very good point and something that I DO NOT LIKE about AMD's stance. First time I have seen them do something I would consider to have been in NVIDIA's wheel house.

Just to clarify, if you are using an AMD GPU on an Intel CPU-based system then you cannot enable Steady Video. Bleh.

August 16, 2011 | 10:18 PM - Posted by Anonymous (not verified)

"AMD stands for fair trade and open markets. We believe that by encouraging open, competitive markets, consumers enjoy more choice and everyone wins."

... except of course when open platforms are not a competitive advantage or the moral high ground, at which point artificial product compatibility distinctions will be made and we will punish 80% of our customers.

July 29, 2011 | 12:18 AM - Posted by Anonymous (not verified)

cant really complain about having to use amd cpu gpu combination. nvidia do the same. think about physics processing. have to use nvidia card for physx. its not like radeon cant do it, just thats its disabled. Im of course talking about games like mirrors edge, batman arkum asylum etc.

August 1, 2011 | 08:34 AM - Posted by Anonymous (not verified)

AMD Radeons emulate PhysX, not as efficient and prone to the odd bug but it's getting better.

September 27, 2012 | 09:55 AM - Posted by Anonymous (not verified)

i heard now amd using havok physx core built-in whith in hd card (of course latest series may be 6 or 7). just like nvidia using their PhysX cores

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