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will (or does) the pi 4 have hardware accelerated h265 encoding ? I know it has h264 options like MMAL or OpenMAX (for ffmpeg), just wondering if anything is in the works, or if its possible(or useful in theory).

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Not encoding, just decoding (which is all they mention decoding on the specs)

As one of the RPi engineers / moderators mentioned in a post on the official RPi forums here when asked the same question:

Not on the Pi4, it would require changing the SOC (or the SoC being

redesigned to have an encoder).

He then clarifies:

In fact H265 encode in HW is VERY difficult.

So seems safe to say that it won't be something they can retrospectively add through firmware updates.

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