[mythtv] hardware acceleration

Ray mythtv-dev@snowman.net
Fri, 20 Dec 2002 18:15:18 -0700

On Fri, Dec 20, 2002 at 01:50:15AM -0800, Mike Payson wrote:
> I'm just getting ready to build my system. Would this card be better then one 
> of the newer cards (a modern WinTV, for example)? My system isn't lacking 
> horsepower (Athlon 2100+), but I do hope to be able to capture two streams at 
> a time, while watching a previously recorded show. Picture & sound quality is 
> important.

Well 2 of these cards "should" work great for capturing at the same time,
much less cpu usage than with a WinTV or similar and even with an Athlon
2100 I think that'll make the system (EPG etc) more responsive.  That said
however I don't actually have a second capture card yet and in my case I'll
need an extra Directv receiver as well.  IMHO the capture quality is quite
good but this is the only card I have at the moment.  There is someone else
on this list who is planning to post a comparison of these two kinds of
cards soon so you might find that more helpful.

> Is there any compelling advantage of the G450 over this card for 
> TV purposes?

The G450 is a step backward, don't bother with it.

> Also, how is the TV out on this card?

Looks fine but was a major PITA to get going.  Someone posted a short HOWTO
within the past week so that should make it easier.  I still have one glitch
in that when Mythfrontend first starts it sends my monitor into power save
mode.  It's easy enough to recover but annoying and I plan to deal with that
this weekend.