Asus Tinker Board – Hardware Accelerated RockChip Video Player – Initial Release

Asus released a new beta of TinkerOS on their website yesterday. One interesting addition is the initial release of a dedicated video player, RK Player. What makes RK Player interesting? Simply, the video app uses the hardware acceleration features found on the Tinker Board to play video encoded using H.264 and H.265.

The player offers basic functionality with playback buttons, a volume slider with mute, a full screen option, and a button which switches from EGL to DRM. The guide recommends you select DRM for best performance. The interface appears to allow you to open multiple videos, which are listed in the right hand pane, although this functionality doesn’t actually work properly. No matter. The interface is minimalist, but so what? This is the initial release.