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Old 19-12-2005, 01:59 AM   #1
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Thumbs up [review] ATI's Avivo Update - H.264 Acceleration @ Anandtech.com

ATI Avivo preview at Anandtech.com
Whenever ATI tells us they have some announcements to make two weeks before the end of the year, we usually get a bit worried. The fact of the matter is that it is very rare for a company to release and ship new products this close to the end of a year, so we tend to get suspicious when new announcements happen like this. There is one exception, however - and that is software, or in this case, drivers.

Just earlier this month, ATI released their Catalyst 5.12 drivers, which offered support for dual core processors, but without any really tangible gains in performance as we found out. ATI had also alluded to the potential of another Catalyst release before the end of the year, and as their predictions would have it, Catalyst 5.13 is due out for release this coming Thursday (12/22/2005).

But Catalyst 5.13 doesn't promise improved gaming performance, better scaling from dual core processors or anything of that sort. Instead, Catalyst 5.13 is a little gift to Radeon X1000 owners from the Avivo team.

ATI promised us H.264 decode acceleration, offloading some of the most CPU intensive tasks for media PCs today onto their brand new GPUs. ATI also alluded to a transcode utility, which would aid in the conversion between video formats and potentially even accelerating it on the GPU as well.

Catalyst 5.13 begins to deliver on some of those promises of more, and while we had pretty much given up on Avivo being any good for DVD playback quality, ATI has also promised improved video playback in the latest version of Catalyst. While we'll save the video playback portion of this article for a later time, there are two equally important topics to discuss today instead. And there's one more surprise from ATI's Avivo team later on in the article as well...
http://www.anandtech.com/video/showdoc.aspx?i=2645&p=1

Excellent can't wait to try out Cat 5.13 on my X1800XT http://i4memory.com/showthread.php?t=1842



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Old 19-12-2005, 02:04 AM   #2
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I will be saving up to completely change over the guts of my HTPC for this
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Old 19-12-2005, 09:14 AM   #3
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..and i bought a 6600GT for my HTPC about a week ago
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Old 19-12-2005, 11:19 AM   #4
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http://www.anandtech.com/video/showdoc.aspx?i=2645&p=3

The Avivo Video Converter is an extremely simple utility that accepts just about any video input and converts it to just about any output (MPEG-1, MPEG-2, VCD, SVCD, DVD, MPEG-4/DivX compatible, WMV9, Portable Media Center, H.264/avi, MPEG-4/PSP and H.264/iPod). The particularly neat features of the utility are built-in presets for converting video to Sony PSP and iPod Video formats. However, keep in mind that despite ATI's release of this tool, the video conversion itself is done entirely on the host CPU and not on the GPU. So why bother? Well, thanks to ATI's experience in dealing with video, they have optimized a number of the transcoding algorithms so that conversion using the utility is actually faster than on other software solutions.
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Old 19-12-2005, 11:21 AM   #5
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Well it's still faster by a mile
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Old 19-12-2005, 11:24 AM   #6
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Well it's still faster by a mile
hence the smilie

sooooo can we used this on X800 cards you reckon....since it's CPU based encoding.....guess i'll have to try

you wanna find and host a video file to encode/transcode we can all compare
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Old 19-12-2005, 11:42 AM   #7
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I'd guess we should be able to unless it does some sort of check on the GPU you have installed.
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Old 19-12-2005, 12:40 PM   #8
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this is good news, my X1800XL should be here this week, can't wait to test it out
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