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High-Definition video has really taken off in the mass market now, with HDTVs left right and centre, Blu-ray and HD-DVD movie formats etc. - But as far as being able to playback a lot of HD content using a computer, it'll tend to run like a bit of a dog unless you've upgraded your platform recently.
Broadcom have come up with a solution for this, announcing the world's first HD Video Accelerator, a dedicated processor optimized specifically for the decoding of high-def formats - thus taking the load off the CPU/GPU.
The BCM70010/BCM70012 solution from Broadcom is apparently supported by new versions of popular playback software such as Cyberlink's PowerDVD and will come packaged in several formats (including a PCI Express mini card, PCI Express desktop adapter, ExpressCard 34 or as standalone processing chips for integration on a motherboard).
The other nice thing about this processor is that it's actually quite cheap, around $40 according to Broadcom.
You can learn more about it over at XBit Labs folks.
Broadcom Corp., a leading communication company, has introduced the first special-purpose high-definition media accelerator for personal computers. The company hopes that its solution will allow watching HD movies even on inexpensive computers. Nonetheless, market prospects of the solutions are not truly clear.
High-definition videos in 1280x720 (720p) or 1920x1080 (1080p) resolutions encoded with H.264, MPEG2 HD and VC-1 codecs require a serious amount of processing power to decode and not every central processing unit (CPU) and graphics processing unit (GPU) have enough power to decode them without lagging or dropping frames. As a result, movies in high-definition formats, including Blu-ray, HD DVD, or just those distributed via the Internet may not play well on outdated or low-end computers.
Cyberlink have just given us the heads up that their "PowerDVD Ultra" playback software for Blu-ray and HD DVD movies has full support for NVIDIA's second generation PureVideo HD (VP2) architecture, currently resident on NVIDIA's recently launched 8500 and 8600 series graphics cards.
You can read the press material here for full details.
Taipei, Taiwan----May 17, 2007----CyberLink Corp. (5203.TW), a world leader in digital home solutions, announces that PowerDVD Ultra-the only retail software to support Blu-ray Disc, HD DVD, and DVDs-now supports NVIDIA's second generation PureVideo® HD (VP2) architecture on NVIDIA's latest GeForce 8500/8600 series graphics cards.
CyberLink PowerDVD Ultra, incorporating superior H.264 decoding technology powered by the new PureVideo hardware engine, is able to provide owners of NVIDIA GeForce 8500/8600 series graphics cards the benefit of dramatically reducing CPU utilization when executing high-definition video decoding and playback.
DEAL OF THE DAY - Buy.com - EVGA GeForce 7600GS 512MB PCI Express Video Card for $84.99 after Rebate, Shipped Free!
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Offer: An excellent choice for both gamers and those who both create and enjoy today's rich media environments. 512MB of memory give it huge performance where it counts, and the price makes it the obvious choice! SLI capable and supports dual-link DVI, which lets you use it with monitors up to 2560x1600.
Looking to find an easy method of getting your old VHS content onto DVD? You might like to check out Plextor's newly released ConvertX PX-AV200U digital video converter, a very easy to use device which simply plugs into your computer's USB port, then attach the analogue source and let the bundled software do the rest.
For the full rundown on it head over to Plextor's website.
Transfer analogue footage to DVD easily and cost-effectively - from VHS tapes and footage captured on an analogue camcorder. Plextor's new ConvertX PX-AV200U is a digital video converter with the emphasis on ease of use.
Plextor's ConvertX preserves old and treasured analogue footage by digitising it for posterity. Everything is included to get consumers up and running immediately - simply plug it into a PC via USB, attach the analogue source and let the powerful software do the hard work. It enables editing of digital files, creating Hollywood-style movies including professional transitions and titles, and sharing of CDs, video CDs and DVDs with family and friends.
Are you a big fan of Rainbow Six games but dont have yourself a copy of the latest installment "Vegas" yet? Save some bucks and be in with a chance to pick up one of six copies over at our TTGamer sister site.
PowerColor are also in on the giveaway, they plan to hand over a PowerColor X1550 based graphics card to one of the six lucky folks who score a free copy of the game.
Details on how to enter here.
DEAL OF THE DAY - NewEgg - BFG Tech GeForce 6600GT 128MB 128-bit GDDR3 PCI Express x16 Video Card for $48.99 after Rebate!
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Offer: This is a very good card if you're not a hardcore gamer, but are still looking for some performance. This BFG 6600GT PCI-Express x16 Video Card has two DVI ports! The BFG GeForce 6600 GT OC also has an eight pipe superscalar design, supports Microsoft® DirectX® 9.0 Shader Model 3.0, and NVIDIA's SLI multi-GPU technology in a PCI Express-based system.
Keen to see a DX10 Ruby tech demo running on AMDs yet to be launched R600 monster? Well now you can. Courtesy of ShakyCamTM and Enthusiasm llc you can head over to YouTube and watch it.
Be quick though, it could get pulled at any time!
AMD DESCENDED, possibly in the dead of night, we hear, to visit one of its partner's booths here in the Halle of Hangover, and pick up one of its R600-equipped machines.
Accusing its erstwhile chums of leaking pics of the card to the press, representatives of the firm apparently stole off with the hardware shaking their fists.
Compro have sent word a short while ago that their full lineup of VideoMate M, X, T, P, S, Series TV and Capture Cards have all just become fully certified for use with Windows Vista Premium x86/x64 (32/64Bit).
Grab the PR here for all the details.
For the Windows Vista era, Compro has added many resources to update drivers and applications for Windows Vista. Additionally, VideoMate M, X, T, P, S series TV cards get the certifications from Microsoft's WHQL (Windows Hardware Quality Lab) to ensure all users can get perfect performance for the Vista Premium x86/x64 (32/64Bit) system. Also, Compro will continue to provide more Vista certified products and update drivers for more easy use; you can go to https://winqual.microsoft.com/HCL/Default.aspx to get updated information.
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Offer: iRiver has always delivered a lot for the money. The Clix is a Portable Video, Photo, MP3 Player that will store and play just about any media you can give it with its 2.2 inch color display, 28 hours of rechargeable battery life, a USB 2.0 connection, a digital FM tuner and a voice recorder. It's gotten some really great reviews - plus it just looks cool.
A new standalone TV tuner box has been released by Compro a short time ago, sporting a streamlined glossy black appearance it is capable of dishing up 1680x1050, 1600x1200 and 1440x900 resolutions for viewing TV, and also a 480i/480p to 1080i HDTV quality component video input for your CRT/LCD/PDP monitors.
You can get the full rundown on it within the announcement here folks.
The best solution for watching TV shows and HDTV quality video on your monitor -- Compro Technology, a leading developer and manufacturer of multimedia products today, presents VideoMate V300, a high-resolution standalone TV box for 1680x1050, 1600x1200 and 1440x900 resolutions TV watching and 480i/480p to 1080i HDTV quality component video input for your CRT/LCD/PDP monitors. Free from driver/software installation and compatible problems with computer, just simply connect with your PC monitor and TV cable/antenna feed. You can watch TV shows on your desktop PC monitor easily.