11 March 2009

First Atom-based HD streamer

We used to see big noisy media center pc-s and Sigma chip based network media tanks with awkward user interface. This is media center pc / HD network media streamer, using Intel Atom processor. Due to low-power HD hardware decoder, it's capable to show 1080p HD through HDMI 1.3  interface. System is passive cooled and silent.

Hardware decoder video format support: 
   H.264/AVC SP, MP and HP at Level 4.1 up to 40 Mbps
   SMPTE VC-1 SP, MP and AP at Level 3 up to 40 Mbps
   MPEG-2 MP at ML  and MPEG-2 MP at HL, up to 125Mbps

Uncompressed video output
• YUV 4:2:0, YUV 4:2:2
• NV12 planar YCbCr format
• YUY2, UYVY packed YCbCr format
• 480i, 480p, 576i, 576p, 720p, 1080i, 1080p support  

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09 March 2009

CD turned 30

Was it really 30 Years ago?! I remember debates about digital sound. Many analog fans claimed it artificial and unnatural. Time flies...

07 March 2009

Updated my Popcorn Hour A-110 firmware today

I updated my Popcorn Hour 110 firmware today. Hmm, nothing really changed visibly?!

05 March 2009

TwonkyMedia Server 5.0.55 seems to be working now

Installed today bug-fixed version of TwonkyMedia Server 5.0. Seems, it rescans content now.

Its unsupported version and not found easily from their website. 

Download working Twonky 5.0.55 here

01 March 2009

Few new notable HD titles

I've found few new titles in HD, mainly 720p in .MKV format H.264.

You can borrow these titles in HD format from Your friends wia bittorrent network. Use MiniNova.org or other servise fo find title needed. 

My workflow:

1. Type in name of the title to MiniNova.org search box
2. Select Movies tab
3. Sort by Seeders 
4. Ctrl+f to open find in browser
5. Type 720 or 1080 to find first HD version in the list (if available)
6. Download torrent and activate bittorrent client uTorrent or BitTorrent
7. Move downloaded file to correct location
8. Unpack RAR files (usually HD movies are in multiple .RAR's)
9. Put .MKV in the right directory