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# 20747 4-Apr-2008 17:00
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Hi,

I am getting the hardware to upgrade my HTPC for Freeview DVB-T(HD). I was reading Scott Bartley's article on High Definition in the latest NZPC World mag & he stated that it would cost $295 for Cyberlink's PowerDVD Ultra. I just about gagged. There must be options rather than purchase an entire suite for which I would only ever use the codecs.

Would these work? http://www.cyberlink.com/multi/cyberstore/order_77_ENU.html

Or maybe buy a Blu-Ray DVD Writer & get a copy of a semi-crippled PowerDVD or Intervideo alternative suite.




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# 121146 4-Apr-2008 17:40
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What? First it's not that much - about US$99 from the Cyberlink on their online store. If you hold a bit - I am just in the middle of trying to get a group discount for Geekzone.







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# 121153 4-Apr-2008 18:02
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freitasm: What? First it's not that much - about US$99 from the Cyberlink on their online store. If you hold a bit - I am just in the middle of trying to get a group discount for Geekzone.

Brilliant move. I'll be waiting in anticipation. All power to you're negotiation skills.


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  # 121161 4-Apr-2008 18:30
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Here's one I found on Reven's XMLTVNZ forum.  http://www.coreavc.com/ Very cheap, too US$15




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  # 121163 4-Apr-2008 18:36
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Or it looks like there is a free version of the cyberlink codec in the twinhan digitaltv software - just ignore the "no supported hardware found" dialog.

http://www.twinhan.com/download_driver&software.asp

Not sure if it does hardware decode as I have this and the powerdvd version - but this one doesnt cobflict with other codecs set as mpeg2 decoder in MP - I had an issue with FFDSHOW





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  # 121170 4-Apr-2008 18:56
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If nobody else looks first I'll have a play with this next week when I'm off and see if infact the free download will offer hardware H.264 acceleration.


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  # 121171 4-Apr-2008 19:00
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surely it must just be a reg key somewhere that turns it on? guess its just a matter of finding it :-)  




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  # 121249 5-Apr-2008 09:10
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I can confirm that in MP using EVR rendering the free codec does do hardware decoding. CPU is at 20-25% on TV3 feed. Guess that saves buying PowerDVD




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  # 121254 5-Apr-2008 09:30
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That is great news indeed!



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  # 121378 5-Apr-2008 20:22
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geekiegeek:

Or it looks like there is a free version of the cyberlink codec in the twinhan digitaltv software - just ignore the "no supported hardware found" dialog.

http://www.twinhan.com/download_driver&software.asp

Not sure if it does hardware decode as I have this and the powerdvd version - but this one doesnt cobflict with other codecs set as mpeg2 decoder in MP - I had an issue with FFDSHOW

Great Find. I'll look forward to testing it when I finally get my upgraded HPTC up & running.




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  # 121496 6-Apr-2008 12:38
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freitasm: .... I am just in the middle of trying to get a group discount for Geekzone.



PowerCinema included?

Could offer to beta test PC to get it working fully with NZ Freeview.



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# 121498 6-Apr-2008 12:40
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I have access to all Cyberlink software and tried PowerCinema on my Mac mini with a Hauppage WinTV HVR 900... It wouldn't recognise the stick. PowerCinema looks good but it's very limited in the number of cards it actually works with.




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  # 121605 6-Apr-2008 19:40
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geekiegeek: I can confirm that in MP using EVR rendering the free codec does do hardware decoding. CPU is at 20-25% on TV3 feed. Guess that saves buying PowerDVD


So if you just regsvr32 each file in the 3rdPartyApp/H264/ folder hardware decoding will work? If you can confirm this, you could simply tell people to download the zip, extract it and register the files, no need to buy cyberlink.

I assume that means you could also take similar files from cyberlink and regsvr32 those as well if you dont need the rest of the program?

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  # 121617 6-Apr-2008 20:36
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Sounds good re the hardware H.264 support. Now what I want to know is how can I get my 8500GT GPU doing h/w decoding with DVBviewer under Windows XP? I've spent enough on my ageing media PC without forking out for Vista and PowerDVD.

Has anyone seen this post re h/w decoding under XP

http://www.dvbnetwork.eu/index.php?option=com_fireboard&Itemid=26&func=view&id=194&catid=2&limit=20&limitstart=20

Seems you need a non offical ForceWare XP driver 165.01 for the Nvidia GPU.

Any ideas?



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  # 121796 7-Apr-2008 15:01
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Seasport: Sounds good re the hardware H.264 support. Now what I want to know is how can I get my 8500GT GPU doing h/w decoding with DVBviewer under Windows XP? I've spent enough on my ageing media PC without forking out for Vista and PowerDVD.

I haven't setup my system yet: am still accruing the hardware but fromwhat I understand XP -or MCE2005- doesn't support H.264 decoding anyway. You need a frontend like Mediaportal for playback; or DVBviewer, which I've never seen. Is there a dedicated forum to the app?

Has anyone seen this post re h/w decoding under XP

http://www.dvbnetwork.eu/index.php?option=com_fireboard&Itemid=26&func=view&id=194&catid=2&limit=20&limitstart=20

Seems you need a non offical ForceWare XP driver 165.01 for the Nvidia GPU.

Any ideas?
Have you tried Guru3D  drivers. They seem pretty good as an option. I recently tried version 171.23 beta from there & they worked good. The first ones since Nvidia's ver. 84.21 that didn't have the aspect ratio bug for using my X1 projector as a secondary display. http://downloads.guru3d.com/Videocards---NVIDIA-ForceWare-(32-bit)_c10.html Sorry don't have time to investigate.




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  # 121798 7-Apr-2008 15:04
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geekiegeek: I can confirm that in MP using EVR rendering the free codec does do hardware decoding. CPU is at 20-25% on TV3 feed. Guess that saves buying PowerDVD


So if you just regsvr32 each file in the 3rdPartyApp/H264/ folder hardware decoding will work? If you can confirm this, you could simply tell people to download the zip, extract it and register the files, no need to buy cyberlink.

I assume that means you could also take similar files from cyberlink and regsvr32 those as well if you dont need the rest of the program?


Not sure. I just installed the App. It may be set to use hardware in the app itself - cant tell as you cant launch it without a twinhan card installed. I guess someone could give it a try.




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