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“Use Video Codec for Compression”: to Use or Not to Use?

With the release of 7.6 FP3 in September 2015 came a new graphics policy, “Use Video Codec for Compression,” with new settings:

1. Use video codec when available. (default)
2. Do not use video codec.

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With the introduction of 7.9, a third option became available:

3. Use video codec when preferred. (new default)

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Confused? Probably. But after you’ve finished reading this blog, hopefully all will be clear and I’d have helped answer questions like:

  • What does this policy do?
  • Do I need to set this policy to something other than the default?

First, a little history lesson…

Several years ago, Microsoft made some changes to the way graphics are done on Windows. Vista introduced DWM, a compositing window manager able to leverage GPU acceleration and offer a really engaging experience. Traditional GDI-based apps were still supported but the move away from GDI had begun.

Read more at www.citrix.com

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