[vdr] HDTV w/ FF card
Dr. Werner Fink
werner at suse.de
Thu Apr 21 13:33:17 CEST 2005
On Thu, Apr 21, 2005 at 01:24:36PM +0200, Carsten Koch wrote:
> Gee, back 5 years ago when I bought my first FF card to build
> a VDR system out of an old 150MHz PentiumPro PC, it seemed
> like a nice idea to have the MPEG decoder on the card.
> Today, given the facts that
> * a FF card costs as much as 3 or more budget cards
> * a FF card has smaller bandwidth that a budget card
> and thus can record less streams in parallel
> * a FF card contains closed source firmware that
> crases on various perfectly legitimate occasions
> (such as distorted signal due to bad weather or
> HDTV signals)
> I am wondering how well the alternative solutions which
> do not require a FF card work.
I'd like to see a HW decoder (Mpeg 1/2/4), S-Video and
DVI out for 720p and 1080i on a graphic card with an
open source driver supporting this decoder.
The question is: will this ever happen?
> Is a FF card still the most stable solution (except for
> bad weather or HDTV of course)?
> How reliable is the latest xine plugin?
> How reliable is the latest framebuffer plugin?
> Are there more solutions that work with a budget card alone?
The main problem is: you need CPU power and therefore
you'll get a system which can not passive cooled and
even a low noise cooling is a big problem.
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