ATI Hardware Gets H.264 L5.1 Support

Driver updates aren’t news that often, but AMD/ATI video cards have consistently taken a PR beating in the community when it comes to H.264/AVC profile L5.1 support.  Looks like AMD finally added the feature to Catalyst 10.4 for all the l33t bittorrenters and x264 archivers out there.   ATI Catalyst – Video enhancements H.264 Level 5.1 support ATI Catalyst can […]

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DMZ Movie Podcast

The guys over at The Digital Media Zone sure like to talk.  Looks like Adam (Entertainment 2.0) and James (Seen in 3D) have started up another podcast – this time about movies.  I’ll let them explain the details:   Welcome to the first episode of The Movie Podcast. This show is for all of your content junkies out there. Each […]

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Win a Ceton InfiniTV 4

Jere Jones is giving away a Ceton InfiniTV 4 (yes, the quad tuner Cable Card tuner).  Details on how to win are posted in his forum.    You could win a Ceton InfiniTV 4 cable card tuner in the month of April! How to enter: 1) Buy a copy of ShowAnalyzer via PayPal and enter the word "ceton" in the […]

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Updated Haali Splitter

I haven’t had a chance to test it out, but given all the trouble reported with the last rev it has to be better 🙂   27/03/2010 New Features: Added AC-3 in MP4 support Fixed items: Show error code in GDSMux when muxing is aborted Accept more AAC media types in the muxer Use correct timescales when processing MP4 edit […]

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Moneual MonCaso 312

Moneual MonCaso 312 Frontview

Moneual MonCaso 312 Review If you’ve decided to put your HTPC where it can be seen, you owe it to your eyes to put it in a chassis that makes it look like it belongs. A nice case is an essential part of any build but unfortunately are not inexpensive. The Moneual MonCaso 312 looks the part of a sleek […]

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Intel DH57JG and Core i3-530


  Intel DH57JG and Core i3-530 Review With more mini-ITX options than ever it’s a great time for small form factor (SFF) PCs.  Enthusiasts are finding more ways to get the most out of these tiny boxes both in the A/V stack and backing it.  Take a look with us at the soon to be released Intel DH57JG motherboard paired […]

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SDV Explained (Part 1)

For everyone looking to kill some time while we wait for Ceton’s quad DCT to show, VP Jerremy Hammer provides an excellent primer on switched digital video (SDV).  Can’t wait for part 2.   Many people have been wondering what SDV is, why it exists and how it works. Here I will try to answer these questions. First I am […]

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Is Bit streaming more efficient than LPCM?


The recent update to the Haali Media Splitter (enabling Dolby TrueHD in DTS-MA MKV) got me thinking about revisiting our guide to getting lossless audio off the PC.  When an interesting discussion got started about the benefits of bit streaming v. LPCM over at AVS Forum it was time to do some testing. To setup the test I muxed TrueHD, […]

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Intel’s DH55TC and Core i5-661 – Clarkdale

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  Intel DH55TC & Core i5-661 (Clarkdale) Review The family of processors code-named "Clarkdale" has sparked a great deal of interest since its existence and some basic performance information spread out across the web in late September.  Teasing home theater PC (HTPC) enthusiasts with incredibly low power usage and built in HD codec bit streaming all packaged together with enough […]

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XBMC Getting Broadcom Crystal HD Support

If you’re into XBMC and want to go for a passive SFF HTPC build, your odds of success just went up.  Anandtech is reporting that XBMC is going to get full hardware acceleration support for the Crystal HD.     Thanks to the efforts of Scott Davilla, the XBMC developers and Broadcom there’s now full support for the Broadcom Crystal […]

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