VLC player: How to enable Broadcom Crystal HD decoder

Broadcom Crystal HD Decoder is an hardware decoder for playing HD videos. It is normally installed on some netbooks to enhance the performance of HD video play.
  1. To utilize the HD decoder, first you need to install its driver.
  2. To enable Broadcom Crystal HD Decoder, you need to download and install the following version of VLC player: http://nightlies.videolan.org/build/win32/backup/branch-20111219-0202/. And you need to add "--codec crystalhd" argument to the VLC Player command(shortcut).
  3. After installed the above, you can run C:\Program Files\Broadcom\Broadcom CrystalHD Decoder/DTS_Info.exe, it will show an icon in system tray. When a HD video is be played and the Crystal HD decoder is being utilized, the icon will be changed/flashing.

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  1. Hi,
    I bought this card for an msi nettop wind 110 media center to be able to read h264 or hd content.
    I've seen your post here and will try it this evening but is there a solution with vlc 2.0 ?

    1. You have to install and try. When I was writing the post, the only version supports chip is the one included in the post.