[vdr] A new possibility for lower power high performance VDR

Alex Betis alex.betis at gmail.com
Sun Mar 8 20:02:33 CET 2009


On Sun, Mar 8, 2009 at 4:03 PM, Mika Laitio <lamikr at pilppa.org> wrote:

> >> I have myself thinked about the possibility of running vdr/xineliboutput
> >> client on low end systems that just have usb 2.0 but not any graphic
> >> cards or free pci slots available.
> >>
> >> Has anybody experiences from the "usb vga" or "usb dvi" graphic card
> >> adapters like these?
> >
> > I think the answer is here:
> > "Sewell claims that these USB-driven monitors have the same quality as
> > standard DVI monitors at displays of* up to 20-inches*"
> > And what about all the GPU power? Someone has to handle MPEG decoding in
> > hardware.
> >
> > As I see it, if you want low power silent box in your living room you'll
> > have to keep a server with cards/USBs somewhere in your basement. If I
> had a
> > basement, that's exactly that I would do :)
>
> Well, at the moment I have amd X2 4850 cpu on my server and one of the
> client is about 10 year old Pentium III 733 mhz with 10 mb network card
> and and integrated intel graphich card. This client user vdr-xineliboutput
> to 20" VGA monitor and works very well with SD channels.
>
> I have also tested streaming from VDR to Nokia N810 internet tablet.
> In that test I used the Streamdev plugin on server and mplayer on Nokia
> N810. (I have not tested xineliboutput with N810 because xine related libs
> seems to be hard to find for it and I did not had time by myself to start
> building everything for that...)
>
> So it indicates that the client do not neccessary need to have so much
> power on client unless the USB graphich card is very different beast from
> the resource eating standpoint.
>
The life is going toward high definition. My E6600 can hardly handle that
with CPU decoding.
By low power silent box I mean an Atom based set-top box with integrated
video chip - short term it's probably nVidia, but I think Intel will join
that club pretty soon.


>
> Mika
>
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