Playing back Blurays vs. x264 .mkv files: Equally as System Intensive?

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  1. DJMunich

    DJMunich American Eurotrash

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    I've got an older than dirt AMD Athlon 1.3ghz w/ 1gb ram and Nvidia Geforce3 that I use as a desktop at home (circa 2001). Because of its lack of performance, it cannot playback "backed up" copies of Bluray disks (x264 codec .mkv files).

    Is getting a Bluray drive and playing the original Blurays equally as processor/vid card intensive, or should they play fine? I'd rather hear an educated opinion before I go and pick up a BD drive... thanks in advance!

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  2. crontab

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    try coreavc codec
     
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    actual blu-ray playback will take more resources than those 'backed up' copies

    cpu won't matter much if it gets help from the vid card or sw codecs

    for smooth BD playback, you need hardware decoding acceleration
    Nvidia calls it PureVideo HD on their vid cards, ATI call theirs Avivo HD
    that Geforce 3 doesn't have it. it started at Geforce 6
    plus codecs as crontab suggested
     
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    DJMunich American Eurotrash

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    So my main issue isn't necessarily the CPU, but the video card?

    Is that the reason the backed up copies don't play either? Would a simple video card upgrade fix the issue?

    My mobo is the of the same era (2001) - its an Asus A7N8X-X (specs link). Its got one AGP 8x slot - do they even still make AGP video cards anymore? :o

    Thanks for the info, I really appreciate it.
     
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    what player are you using? what codecs?
    try a few,... VLC, Media Player Classic w/ffdshow, Nero Vision, CoreAVC, etc.
    CoreAVC is the best.
    as i've said above, these sw codecs might help.

    i think with CoreAVC, you can play 720p, but not 1080p.
    i may be wrong. get fraps. check for dropped framerates.
    a vid card with hd acceleration will help more.
    yes, they still sell AGP cards.
    i think the radeon HD 2000 series are the cheapest.
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produ...69609639 106792278&name=Radeon HD 2000 series
     
  6. DigiCrime

    DigiCrime If Only!

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    VLC will pretty much play anything but the more computer/video power you have the better it will look, typical computer will still play it with the right codecs but the audio might be out of sync or the video might be choppy. Specially if you want to mutltitask with your computer while you are watching said mkv container.
     
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    Your main issue right now is CPU. You're using a software based decoder without enough CPU horsepower. A video card with a hardware decoder can help, but it may not work with every piece of x264 content you run into. There are some x264 variations or settings that aren't compatible with the hardware acceleration. The most reliable decoder is still software based.

    If you want to try hardware decoding, I suggest getting an nvidia card, and use Media Player Classic Home Cinema. Nvidia's drivers are compatible with more x264 variations than ATI's. All of the nvidia 8x00 or 9x00 have the hardware except for the older G80 based 8800GTX and GTS.
     
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    This is almost the exact parts I am looking into to using as an HTPC. Will the onboard video play 1080p files okay?

     

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