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High Definition Playback

Blu-Ray 3D Playback: Cloudy With A Chance of Meatballs 3D is encoded in High Definition 1080p format using MPEG4 AVC compression and comes on a dual layer(50GB) disc. The aspect ratio of 2.35:1 is used with letterbox bars at the top and bottom of the 16:9 image. This portion of the movie has an average video bitrate of around 45Mbps and regularly peaks above this making it one of the most demanding Blu-Rays on the market. For comparison, a movie such as Casino Royale has a bitrate of 24Mbps.



Benchmark Results


MKV Playback: Our test file was a 1080p .mkv file which was taken from a 1080p source and converted into this format.




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Benchmark Results


Blu-Ray playback is a relatively simple affair on ATI and Nvidia hardware, just install the latest drivers then tweak the display settings to the preferred level and then run PowerDVD 10 which features support for Blu-Ray 3D.

As the results show, both manufacturers have this feature performing very well with no clear winner in terms of CPU use.

MKV playback is a little more complicated. To gain video acceleration on this format with ATI cards we need to perform some configuration on Media Player Classic. With the tweaks in place the CPU usage statistic is on average less than 1%. The NVIDIA side of MKV playback is a little easier to use. Through purchasing CoreCodec we are able to play back MKV content in numerous different players by simply ticking a box in the codec options. In addition to being easier and more flexible the performance is also better on Nvidia with the CPU use never rising above 1.3%.

For further information on Blu-Ray 3D playback see our launch article here.

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