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Further enhancing their PureVideo hardware acceleration technology, NVIDIA have issued out a press release which highlights that through support of new drivers, GeForce6 and especially 7 series cards will now handle high-definition video including hardware acceleration for content based on the advanced H.264 specification.
To learn more about the H.264 advanced video codec and its connection through PureVideo, read NVIDIA's announcement over at the NV press room.
PCInpact have also constructed an article with an analysis of H.264 HD playback using NVIDIA's 84.12 Forceware drivers and how it compares to ATI's cards.
SANTA CLARA, CA-MARCH 2, 2006-NVIDIA Corporation (Nasdaq: NVDA), the worldwide leader in programmable graphics processing technologies, today announced the immediate availability of new NVIDIA® PureVideo technology enabling comprehensive support for high-definition video including hardware acceleration for content based on the advanced H.264 specification.
H.264, which is also known as the Advanced Video Codec (AVC) specification or MPEG-4 Part 10, is one of the digital video codecs specified for the Blu-ray (BD) and High Definition DVD (HD DVD) formats. H.264 delivers two to three times the compression efficiency of the MPEG-2 standard, which is used to create current DVD videos. H.264 has been adopted by both the DVD Forum for HD DVDs and the Blu-ray Disc Association for Blu-ray Discs, and VC-1 has also been adopted by the DVD Forum for HD DVDs.
Compro Technology have just unveiled their most recent "VideoMate H900" digital TV tuner/capture card which features a real-time hardware MPEG-1/2 encoder by use of the Conexant CX23418 video process chip. This gives one the ability to easily record hardware compression DVD full-D1 TV shows or VCD/SVCD/DVD formats and do hardware timeshifting for instant pause/replay of live TV without massive system loading.
For further info, grab Compro's announcement here.
Taipei, Taiwan, 4 January, 2006 - Compro Technology, an innovative leading manufacturer and developer of PC multimedia products, launched VideoMate H900, a powerful TV tuner and capture card. It features real-time hardware MPEG-1/2 encoder, new generation high-quality universal silicon TV tuner, 2D/3D Y/C separation, TV Stereo/ SAP selection, FM radio listening, MP3/WMA/WAV recording, low-profile card design, Compro exclusive remote power on/off and Power Up Scheduled Recording.
Hows this for daring? A master modder of Australia's popular Atomic magazine has just finished his latest masterpiece, a fully functional Super-cooled liquid PC which is completely submerged in a tank of mineral oil and further assisted by nitrogen pellets.
The motivation for such an out-there project is due to Atomic's upcoming tutorial/guide which it will be running through the Jan/Feb issues next yr, and to help show it off they've kindly uploaded a video onto their site for everyone to check out.
Who said liquids and electronics don't mix? Here, in its full glory, you can see the Atomic Oil PC built by our own master-modder Ron Prouse -- a completely submerged, fully functional, computer (power supply included!) cooled by a pump system with mineral oil and a little help from nitrogen pellets. The result? An incredible -61 degrees celcius inside the tank!
Watch video of this remarkable machine!
These thumb-sized USB digital TV tuner devices are really starting to enforce themselves in the market these days it seems, with Compro adding another to the already growing list dubbed the "VideoMate U3 DVB-T Stick". Its quite amazing how these things can bring high definition TV broadcasting capabilities to your PC (or even more ideally, your laptop!) in such a wee size. For all the details on this little gem, check out Compro's official PR folks.
Compro Technology, a leading manufacturer of PC multimedia products, announced today VideoMate U3 DVB-T Stick is the thumb size design with high quality reception digital TV tuner box. It is easy to put into your pocket or computer bag and plug it in anywhere at anytime to receive high-quality free-to-air digital terrestrial TV broadcast on your desktop or laptop PC. VideoMate U3 uses the high-speed USB 2.0 transmission to provide high-definition 1080i HDTV and SDTV reception on your PC. Also, VideoMate U3 provides EPG (Electrical Programming Guide) and Teletext features for more convenience in available area.
The folks over at LANParty.com have just sent word out that they've posted up a couple of nice quality Quake 4 videos which they'd taken live from QuakeCon in Dallas, TX earlier this year. To play them you'll need the H.264 video codec (which is included in Apple's Quicktime 7 suite). The LANParty.com front page has the direct download links and supporting info.
This past August, I was on hand at QuakeCon in Dallas, TX where I captured much of the happenings on video. Now I am pleased to present video coverage of Quake 4 from QuakeCon 2005! These two video segments show footage from both single and multiplayer versions of the game, the introduction by Todd Hollenshead, CEO of ID software, and responses to questions submitted by the audience.
In a fresh press release from NVIDIA, they let us know of their PureVideo Decoder (implemented on the 6 series of graphics cards) to have been recently approved by "TiVo Inc." for content playback using the "TiVoToGo" feature.
New this year, the TiVoToGo feature allows TiVo® subscribers to transfer recorded television programs from their TiVo Series2 DVR to their PC for viewing anywhere, anytime. Watching a program on a PC that has been recorded on a TiVo DVR requires the use of an MPEG-2 decoder, such as the NVIDIA PureVideo Decoder which employs sophisticated algorithms to decode and enhance television content.
Further details within the full PR over at NVIDIA's press room.
The NVIDIA PureVideo Decoder combines the high quality DVD and MPEG-playback with rich Dolby® Digital surround sound. Also featuring hardware-accelerated video on all Microsoft® DirectX®-compatible graphics processors, the NVIDIA PureVideo Decoder delivers unmatched color fidelity and smooth DVD, video, and TV viewing.
The NVIDIA PureVideo Decoder is the best way to experience NVIDIA PureVideo technology-a combination of hardware and software technologies that raise the video capabilities of today's desktop and notebook PCs. PureVideo on a NVIDIA GeForce 6 Series GPU enables such features as spatial temporal de-interlacing, inverse telecine, and bad edit correction-all of which eliminate jaggies and blurriness for a sharp picture, even in scenes with a lot of motion.
- Articles and Reviews from around the Web
- MSI NX6200TC-TD32E Geforce 6200TC Videocard @ PCStats
- ATI quietly launches Radeon X550 @ Toms Hardware
- Vendors announce cards on RADEON X550 GPU @ Digit-Life
- 3D Performance with Battlefield 2 Demo: Part 1 High-end Cards @ FiringSquad
- Shuttle SB83G5M Vs Kloss Dreamsys i915A : Media Barebones compared @ PCInpact
- Acer TravelMate 4401LMi Turion 64 based laptop @ Trusted Reviews
- Panasonic Toughbook CF-Y2 @ Digit-Life
- ASUS A8N-SLI Deluxe (NVIDIA nForce4 SLI) @ Hardware Zone
- Corsair XMS XPERT 3200XL Memory @ LegitReviews
I have just had a chance to take a walk around the QuakeCon floor this morning at the Gaylord Resort in Grapevine, Texas and noticed a company called Radio ITG broadcasting live video and radio coverage from QuakeCon - is it really the start of e-sports going mainstream? How long before ESPN get in on the act? Not long I imagine!
A mass of fresh video card related reviews and articles have gone live over the past 24 hrs, all of which i've rounded up for you below. Enjoy!
- MSI FX5900XT-VTD128 @ PC Stats
- Visiontek Xtasy Radeon 9600 256MB @ VR-Zone
- ATi Radeon 9600XT @ Gruntville
- Power Color 9600XT @ The Tech Zone
- Sapphire RADEON 9600XT Ultimate @ Bjorn3D
- MSI FX5700 Ultra-TD128 @ ViperLair
- nVidia NV40, NV41, NV45 & Co. Informations (+ NV19, NV37, NV39,NV42, NV43) @ 3DCenter
- More ATI R420 details emerge @ The Inquirer
- Integrated VGA & How Good Is ATi's Radeon 9100 IGP? @ Toms Hardware
- PowerColor Radeon 9600XT Bravo @ Hardware Hell
- Geforce FX 5900XT vs Sapphire Radeon 9600XT @ Driver Heaven
- Hercules 3D Prophet 9600XT @ Trusted Reviews
- Volari Duo V8 Ultra 256MB DDR2 for less than $200? @ Digit-Life
- 256 MB ASUS V9570 TD GeForce 5700 & 128MB V9560XT/TD (64bit) GeForce FX 5600XT @ Digit-Life
- GeForce FX 5700 Ultra Reference Card @ OC Tools
- ATI Catalyst 4.1 Driver Round Up @ Driver Heaven
Yesterday nVidia released its series of NV35 videos to the public for download to showcase what its GeForce FX 5900 Ultra GPU is capable of producing.
More information @ Warp2Search
I downloaded this video from our friends over at nV News only a couple minutes ago. Remember when the NV30 reviews were released and only hours later all the dust buster type pictures emerged on the web? Well Steve Sims and company from nVidia have posted a three minute video which basically owns themselves - you'll see when you watch it.
I have mirrored the 4.6mb file on our servers for you all, grab it here!