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|Dec 9, 2006, 02:52 PM||#2|
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No and no!
Catalyst Media Center (CMC) isn’t freely available for download anywhere (legally) as far as I know. However, there has been a brief announcement that suggests that CMC will have a free Vista supported upgrade coming soon for those who already own a license and that CMC will soon be on sale to buy from AMD / ATI for those who don’t:
As for your second question, do take note that there is every indication that “Catalyst Media Center” is little more then a modified version of “Cyberlink PowerCinema 4” + “Cyberlink MakeDVD 2.0” and a few other add-ons.
There have been a number of posts here and in other forums that suggest that the EPG in Catalyst Media Center has been prone to malfunction (not work at all). I have CMC which came with my TV Wonder 650 and I can attest to the EPG malfunctions. I don’t want to be too harsh on the CMC / (PowerCinema 4) application overall but I will say that IMO its not worth waiting for,……or buying unless it is very, very, very cheap (cheap including S&H). Personally, I don’t really use CMC much since I have multiple Media Center Edition 2K5 licenses and a free upgrade to Vista Home Premium coming sooner or later. I suspect that there are some good free applications out there with free EPG but being able to use such software depends somewhat on what hardware you have now.
So basically, neither “Catalyst Media Center” or “Cyberlink PowerCinema 4” are great applications IMO but they might not be the worst either.
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|Dec 10, 2006, 07:49 AM||#3|
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|Dec 10, 2006, 11:41 AM||#4|
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The best one I found was GBPVR. I was almost perfect except it has one tincy little flaw. It had problems decoding the TV signal from the AIW card. There was a software encoding plugin. I used it and everything looked fine until i noticed that the picture was shaking. !!!! Why ??? Its because the ATI drivers sends the picture at 29.97 times 2 frames per second at a 720x240 resolution. It sends one pair of lines on one frame and the other pair at the next frame. If you mixed up these lines toghether, you get interlaced content. And then you need a deinterlacer to fix the picture. The only programs I found that were able to capture the picture properly where :
-ATI MMC tv
The other software I got presented me with a horribly shaking picture etc etc. If only GBPVR was able to decode the signal properly, my search for the perfect software would have ended happily.
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