Archive for ‘HDTV’ Category
Posted on 23:27, January 16th, 2011 by Many Ayromlou
Yep, just like the title says, hauppauge has announced the Broadway, a new “set-top” aimed at iPhone, iPad and iPod touch users. The hardware streams live OTA HDTV to an Apple handheld after first compressing the video using H.264. The resulting media can be delivered locally over Wi-Fi, or to a remote place using any Internet connection. Over-The-Air ATSC signals can be captured using a built-in ATSC tuner, while cable is supported through clear QAM. Pricing is a bit steep at $199 and the box is scheduled for February release.
Posted on 18:00, January 15th, 2010 by Many Ayromlou
I just picked one of these babies up from the apple store and after testing it a bit for the past hour, I have one word for it: WOW. This little guy is no gimmick, it’s zippy as hell and it does exactly what they say it would. The details for the device are on Elgato’s Website, but this is just a mini review of the tests I ran against a couple of software encoders.
Here is my setup:
- Mac OSX 10.5.8 with latest updates running on a 2.16Ghz Intel Core 2 Duo Black MacBook w/ 2 GB 667Mhz DDR2 SDRAM.
- Output was done through the Elgato Turbo stick, Mpeg Streamclip encoder and ffmpegX.
- In all cases I’ve tried to produce a single pass h264/x264 file with the same dimensions and settings as the Elgato software preset for ipod best (640×360 @ 24 fps @ 1500 kbps at 80-90% quality).
The results blew my mind:
Here are a couple of full size frames (640×360 px) blown up to 1920×1200 to exaggerate imperfections (click on the pics to see them full size):
- Mpeg Streamclip
- And last but not least all three at the original size (left to right): Elgato Turbo Stick, Mpeg Streamclip, ffmpegX
Best C$179 I’ve spent in a while. It just works.
Posted on 21:15, July 29th, 2008 by Many Ayromlou
Hehehe, yeah people used to make fun of me when I mentioned how much I hate Robbers (Rogers) and Compressview (Expressview) services in Canada and that I would refuse to pay for their so called HD premium service because I KNOW what kinda abuse the content goes through before it gets to my TV. I’ve since switched to OTA (Over The Air) HD and yes I don’t get all the Discovery/Food/Bravo channels in HD, but then again what is your definition of HD I ask?
Anyways, for those of you who’re still entrusting Robbers, Compressview and/or others, have a quick peak at this article on Popular Mechanics website.