Fire It Up: Mozilla Firefox Adds Support for AI-Powered NVIDIA RTX Video

Editor’s note: This post is part of the AI Decoded series, which demystifies AI by making the technology more accessible, and which showcases new hardware, software, tools and accelerations for RTX PC users.

Mozilla Firefox, the popular open-source browser, is the latest partner to incorporate NVIDIA RTX Video, a technology that uses AI to improve video quality on Windows PCs and workstations. The browser’s latest release taps local NVIDIA RTX GPUs to make streaming and video better than ever.

Pixel Perfect

First announced at CES in January 2023, RTX Video is a collection of AI video enhancements that improve the quality of videos played on browsers through platforms like YouTube, Prime Video and Disney+. The technology makes videos streamed on NVIDIA GeForce RTX-powered PCs and RTX-powered workstations appear sharper and more detailed without requiring a higher-resolution source.

RTX Video is made up of two parts. RTX Video Super Resolution upscales low-resolution video for cleaner, crisper imagery. It works by analyzing the lower-resolution video and using deep learning to predict what the higher-resolution version should look like. The algorithm then combines this predicted image with a traditionally upscaled version to reduce or eliminate compression artifacts and sharpen the final output.

RTX Video HDR goes one step further: when enabled, it analyzes standard dynamic range (SDR) video content through AI neural networks to add high-dynamic range (HDR) information, improving visibility, details and vibrancy.

Since 90% of video online is 1080p or lower and SDR, enabling RTX Video is like pushing the “remaster” button on most of the content users watch everyday.

Pretty Foxy

Mozilla Firefox now supports RTX Video Super Resolution and HDR in its latest stable version (v126). It’s never been easier for users to access AI-enhanced upscaling, de-artifacting and HDR effects for online videos.

“Video is a core pillar of the modern web, and we are committed to delivering a great experience for our users,” said Bobby Holley, chief technology officer of Firefox at Mozilla. “Mozilla is integrating RTX Video into Firefox to improve video quality for our users with compatible RTX GPUs.”

Firefox joins other Chromium-based browsers, including Google Chrome and Microsoft Edge, in supporting RTX Video. RTX Video Super Resolution is also supported in popular video players like VLC.

Enabling RTX Video is easy:

Update to the latest GeForce RTX Game Ready Driver, NVIDIA Studio or NVIDIA RTX Enterprise Driver.
Ensure Windows HDR features are enabled by navigating to System > Display > HDR.
Open the NVIDIA Control Panel and navigate to Adjust Video Image Settings > RTX Video Enhancement.
Turn on “Super Resolution” and “High Dynamic Range.”

Note that RTX Video HDR requires an NVIDIA GeForce RTX or RTX professional GPU connected to an HDR10-compatible monitor or TV.

For more information, check out the RTX Video FAQ.

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