Dvd player

vbimport

#1

Hi,

If I buy a dvd player(e.g. toshiba 8x/40x) do you also need to buy an mpg card to be able to play dvd’s ?
if so, what’s a good but not too expensive mpg card ?


#2

No you dont need to buy a MPEG card, if your compu is fast enough (like P2 or above) the MPEG should display fine with software decoding. Its not like you want to burn a CDr and watch a movie at the same time right?
And if you only use software decoding, you’ll be able to change your region code as many times as you like.
I’d say: buy the DVD drive and check out if the speed is good on your compu. If not, you’ll have to buy a MPEG card, but I dont think that will be the case.
Hope this helps.


AvaLaunch


#3

The minimum requierements for a standalone dvd is a pII 350 with 32RAM and with an mpeg card p133 with 16RAM


#4

I have a PII 300 with 96megs of RAM, maybe it’ll work too…
will try it out…


#5

Don’t forget that when your mpeg is decoded by hardware (mpeg card) you’ll get much better view! You will NOT get the DVD quality without a mpeg card!!! Even when you got enough power!!! I’ve got a Realmagic Hollywood+ mpeg-card; best choise!!! A friend of mine has the Creative (encore) Card, but we both think that the Realmagic is better! The Creative isn’t bad, don’t get me wrong! But ofcourse U only want the best!
Good luck!


#6

chewie, what’s the difference between a fast PC soft-rendering the DVD or a MPEG decorder card doing the same??

Is a a matter of frame-rate or something?

Do you advise to buy a videocard with MPEG decoder built in or a stand-alone decoder card?