sigmund at snap.tv
Mon Aug 29 09:38:34 CEST 2005
On Wed, 2005-08-24 at 20:05 -0400, Michael Krufky wrote:
> Jate wrote:
> > I am thinking about buying a DVICO FusionHDTV5 Lite. I read that DVICO
> > recommends a video card with MPEG2 decoding acceleration to provide hardware
> > assistance with the HDTV stream decoding.
> Just curious, why the Lite model and not the Gold? I recommend the Gold
> model over the Lite model, any day.
> > I have also read that Linux video card drivers do not necessarily have
> > support for this hardware assistance. I have also read that binaries from
> > NVidia may have this support. I want to know if I would need to upgrade to a
> > brawnier processor in order to get this working.
> The Gold model is less CPU-intensive than the Lite model. The Lite
> model does NOT have the mpeg decoder that you are speaking of on-board,
> but the Gold model does. Actually, DViCO recommends ATI video boards
> for the DxVA acceleration... I like to stay away from NVidia, but that
> is just me... Be my guest and taint your kernel with proprietary
> binaries ;-)
> > If you are a FusionHDTV5 Linux pioneer, can you tell me your performance
> > experience?
> I have tried all three of these models (below) with my Pention 4 3.06
> GHz HT processor... I have some slower machines here, but I havent
> bothered sticking any of these cards in there yet. They all perform
> very well in my machine under both Linux AND Windows, except that Linux
> DVB support for the Lite board isnt yet complete. Mac Michaels, the
> author of the frontend driver for all of these boards, has a slightly
> slower machine, and he has mentioned that his machine chokes a bit on
> the 1080i HDTV streams. I, on the other hand, can still compile a
> kernel in less than ten minutes while watching HBO in Hi-Def on the same
> machine without a hitch.
> FusionHDTV 5 LITE: I am currently working on the driver for this card.
> I have completed analog video support, and it is flawless. The
> (analog) driver for this board can be found in video4linux cvs, and
> probably will not hit the stable linux kernel until 2.6.14 (we missed
> the 2.6.13 deadline for this one). DVB support for FusionHDTV5 Lite is
> a work-in-progress. It is coming along, although I wouldn't expect full
> support right away.
> FusionHDTV5 GOLD: I was able to sneak analog support for this board
> into 2.6.13, but DVB support requires the newer version of the analog
> driver, found in video4linux cvs. Yes, I *did* say that DVB support
> requires an analog update, not a DVB update. I'd rather not explain
> this now -- it's a long story. Mac Michaels wrote the driver for the
> LGDT3303 frontend (used in all of these boards), and that driver will be
> included in 2.6.13, but disabled for FusionHDTV5 Gold.
> FusionHDTV 3 Gold-T: If you want a board that works in linux NOW (as of
> 2.6.13) then THIS is the board that you want to buy. Full analog AND
> dvb support have been implemented, and this code is already present in
> Linus' 2.6.13 stable tree.
> ---The three boards in my posession are the ones above this line.
> FusionHDTV 3 Gold-Q: Same story as the Gold-T ... Mac has this board.
> This is a slightly older model... You can probably get this for cheaper
> than the Gold-T model, and they're pretty much the same thing, although
> this one is harder to find nowadays.
These seems to be the atsc cards. Do you happen to know anything about
the support for the FusionHDTV DVB-T cards? In particular the
corresponding Lite version?
> If you end up getting the FusionHDTV Lite anyway, then just cross your
> fingers and hope that I figure out this IRQ problem mentioned in an
> email I wrote last night. Regardless, it would be nice to have someone
> else to test my work on the dvb-bt8xx driver (for FusionHDTV5 Lite)
> besides just me alone. I hope this information is what you were looking
> for... If you have any other questions, please ask.
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