ATI Leads High-Definition Video Transition On PCs

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  1. MIG-31

    MIG-31 HardwareHeaven News Mod Staff Member

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    MARKHAM, Ontario & TAIPEI, Taiwan--(BUSINESS WIRE)--May 26, 2005-- ATI Technologies Inc. solidifies its PC video and display leadership with the first public demonstration of high-definition H.264 video playback with hardware acceleration on the PC platform. H.264 is the video compression standard that will be used in the next generation high-definition video players such as Blu-ray and HD-DVD. The ATI H.264 video demonstration with ATI's next generation Radeon® technology will occur during Computex Taipei 2005 at the Grand Hyatt Hotel.

    H.264 is a new video compression standard that's designed to have two to three times the compression efficiency of current schemes such as MPEG-2, while simultaneously improving overall image quality. This increased compression efficiency is highly computationally demanding, therefore graphics hardware assistance is crucial for real-time decoding of high bit-rate video. Working with industry leaders including CyberLink Corp., ATI's Radeon graphics acceleration technology meets the high-definition and computational demands of H.264.

    "Consumers are clamoring for the amazing visual quality that Blu-ray and HD-DVD will bring to PCs," said Rick Bergman, Senior Vice President, PC Business Unit, ATI Technologies. "ATI is transforming the PC video landscape by leading the industry adoption of Blu-ray and HD DVD on the PC. This new innovation builds upon ATI's unrivaled video and display technologies."

    The ATI demonstration at Computex features H.264 playback with Radeon technology and a CyberLink video player application. In addition to hardware acceleration of H.264, the Radeon processor is performing next generation video processing and showing off advanced display capabilities.

    ATI will exhibit PC video and graphics innovations from May 31 to June 4, in the Regency Ballroom-1F, at the Grand Hyatt Hotel, Taipei, Taiwan.
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  2. heffeque

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    Wow... and when will they implement that in the drivers? In 2009 maybe? I've been waiting for WMV acceleration to work for months and months and I'm getting old now just from waiting.
     
  3. CATALYST maker

    CATALYST maker ATI driver guru

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    The WMV acceleration was ready on our end a very long time ago.

    BUT you need a hotfix from Microsoft to actually make it work. It is a patch for Windows Media Player 10 patch actually.

    Hope you understand the point.
     
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    What about WMV7/VMR-7 acceleration? You don't need hotfix for that in Windows Media Player 10. But still no support ...
     
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    I'm guessing the new feature will be present in the R520 cards, right?
    I'll be one happy man if the card will be introduced during the computex and hopefully it will be availabe soon after.
     
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    While we are at it :)

    Can developers of other video players for example bsplayer [​IMG] also incorperate wmv acceleration into their players or is it only possible with WMP10?
     
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    Thanks!!! Out of curiosity: why isn't this patch in the Windows Update page?

    Edit: Does this update need SP2? Because I'm still in SP1 and it wont install...:hmm:
     
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    the feature is for all of our DX9 and higher capable hardware
     
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    Well this is good news :)
     
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    Could this feature be enabled or available for any older cards, such as the 9500+ cards?
     
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    is the patch only for WMP10? cauze i kinda hate WMP
     
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    Is this feature only really useable via WMP10 doesn't work directly via the DMO driver over MPC for example i can't see any improvement on my Radeon 9800 pro (r360) in terms of Cpu utilization with MPC :( useing Catalyst 5.4 and WMV accelleration on.

    @Catalyst_Maker
    a list what and how is supported would be really nice :p
     
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    yes
     
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    Yes
     
  17. CATALYST maker

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    What:
    RADEON 9500 and higher

    How:
    A future version of CATALYST CONTROL CENTER will have a checkbox to let you enable this.

    Dont expect to see anything different unless you have hi-def content
     
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    ah, so it's that... only for english version then? I though it might be the SP2 stuff.
     
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    Attention:found Bug In Wmv Hd Decode!

    I downloaded the latest patch from microsoft to enable wmv hd decode in wmp10.
    I also installed the other patch which was necessary for the acceleration to work.
    With both patches installed, I set ALL instances of DXVA_WMV=1 in the registry.
    I set the desktop to 1024 x 768 x 32
    Then I rebooted and ran the amazon 720p clip(downloaded from wmv hd showcase sample clips)
    The cpu usage was 40 -70 % before this patch was installed.
    Now, the clip consumed a staggering 94 % cpu with avg fps=20 (audio lagged video)
    So, this patch did not work on my rig.
    It only works if I play 1080p clips with the desktop set to 800 x 600 x 32 with a 25 % drop in cpu usage.
    These are strange results.
    I get these results on a consistent basis.
    If I disable VMR in wmp10 so that the patch no longer comes into play I get smooth playback in amazon 720p(40-70% cpu)

    Please look into this!
    config:
    athlon xp 2000+
    asus a7v333 rev 2.00 bios 1014 (via kt333/8233a)
    agp 4x + fast writes on
    512 mb cl2.5 ddr333
    gigabyte radeon 9600XT with latest bios from gigabyte and overclocked to 562/704(rock stable)
    latest drivers for everything
    catalyst 5.5
    windows xp pro sp2 + all updates
     

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