Subject: Re: [vdr] mini-PCI card suggestion
linuxtv at nzbaxters.com
Thu Oct 26 16:08:04 CEST 2006
>> This probably isn't the group for this, as I'm running XV and VDR really
>> shines with FF DVB cards.
>> Looks like there's very few options for s-video TV-OUT XV support in
>> I've searched the Matrox, Savage and NVIDIA - nothing has particularly
>> support for accelerated s-video. I am running another VDR machine with
>> S3 Unichrome 2D/3D chipset and s-video - works really well!
>> This new VDR box is low-rise though, so I need a small card....
> Are you looking for a "mini-PCI" card, a low-profile PCI or low-profile
> AGP? A mini-PCI card usually goes in a laptop or a very tiny appliance.
Sorry, I guess I'm mixing my technologies. I'm just looking for a
> I'm not sure where you're getting the "no on makes good accelerated
> s-video for Linux", any new ATI or nVidia card has TV-out support in Linux
> (by using the vendors proprietary driver).
In my searching, on the MythTV support pages etc, the support for XvMC and
s-video seemed very poor. I was searching Matrox, nVidia & Savage.
> For an AGP/PCI card, something based on the nVidia MX-4000 or FX5200
> should be cheap and low-profile.
> Here's a link to a low-profile AGP card:
> And here's a link to a low-profile PCI card:
These look ideal
> You aren't very specific by "hardware acceleration" -- do you mean MPEG2
> decoding, or something else? Regardless, any newish nVidia card (> Ti4xxx
> series), like the MX4000, supports XvMC which allows the video card's GPU
> to perform the MPEG-2 decoding. Xine/xinelibouput supports XvMC as an
> output method, so you could get fully hardware accelerated video decoding.
Yes, just MPEG decoding for use with Xine/xineliboutput
> I am using an nVidia 6200TC with VDR and softdevice and my TV-out (via
> s-video), without any XvMC my CPU utilization when playing StandardDef
> content is acceptable, <30% on a Pentium-M running at 800 MHz.
> I've done testing with XvMC on the 6200TC playing back a 1080i stream (via
> mplayer) and I get CPU utilization < 10%...that's pretty low to me.
Thanks for your help
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