While I'm clear that HTPC's and HT are on a somewhat convergent path, and my understanding of how things work is "pretty good" in both worlds, the tech-specs have, in some cases, passed me by...gsmollin said:Sure, that's the whole point of this forum...
...I can't imagine why everybody doesn't have a HT PC.
OK, let's hear it from the rest of the gang. What's yout HTPC like. Or, maybe you would like to put one together. We can help. Just start a thread, and we can all put up our 2 cents.
I agree. Since one of my PC's has a SB Audigy 2ZS Platinum I can play DVD-A's on it and it is even possible to "back up" the DVD-A's to the hard drive . More future proof. It might be very easy for a HD DVD player that decodes DD TrueHD (which includes the MLP used in DVD-A's) to have or add DVD-A playback capability. SACD requires a special Sony decode chip for DSD and that ain't going to happen in a Toshiba HD DVD player or a internal PC HD DVD drive.gsmollin said:... DVD-A is a better choice when you're in the record store.
Alaric said:...HD stuff, when it finaly breaks may kill the HTPC as hollywood is scared and HDCP is seriously going to bugger up the use of anything but what hollywood aproves...
kingkip said:Does anyone know if any of the pixel processing companies ie HQV, Faroujda are putting their chipsets into graphics cards? I would like to do HTPC but I would want my PC to be a scalar if possible.
- fast video decompression using optimized MMX, SSE and 3DNow! code
- support for different codecs: XviD and all DIVX versions
- additional support for MSMPEG4v1, MSMPEG4v2, MSMPEG4v3 and H263
- can act as generic postprocessing filter for other decoders like MPEG1 or MPEG2
- image postprocessing for higher playback quality
- automatic quality control: automatically reduces postprocessing level when CPU load is high
- hue, saturation and luminance correction (MMX optimized)
- two sharpening filters: xsharpen and unsharp mask
- blur and temporal smoother
- tray icon with menu and quick access to configuration dialog
- noising with two selectable algorithms
- resizing and aspect ratio changing
- completely free software: ffdshow is distributed under GPL
ffdshow: http://cutka.szm.sk/ffdshow/ or http://sourceforge.net/projects/ffdshow/
xsharpen, unsharp mask, msharpen, hue and saturation code