Libva 2.17.0 -- VLC Error when playing Videos

just one short question. The last update of libva to version 2.17.0 broke video-playback with vlc and mplayer.

I fixed it by downgrading to libva 2.16.0 (via command downgrade and getting the package from online storage). Cause this is not activated by default I did an:

followed by a
downgrade libva

The error is (before downgrading):
Initialized libplacebo v5.229.0 (API v229)
libva error: vaGetDriverNameByIndex() failed with unknown libva error, driver_name = (null)
[00007f34e80093b0] glconv_vaapi_x11 gl error: vaInitialize: unknown libva error
zsh: segmentation fault (core dumped) vlc

My question to this is: Am I the only one, having this problem (I am not finding a lot on this / is there any sign that this may be fixed in near future?)


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There was a discussion about this in the 1/24/2023 Stable Updates Announcement as well as here:

Besides downgrading libva, one of the suggestions was:
In VLC settings try changing the video output from automatic to VDPAU.

Preferences-Video -Display-Output


This actually fixed the problem. Thanks.