Reinhard Nissl wrote:
> And I don't think that we will see a FF card which can handle H.264. Gfx
> cards take over that business and once the VA API is released and
> supported, those functionality will even be available on Linux.
Let´s hope that the VA API will soon be released and get working drivers 
because the current situation is not satisfying.
I am a satisfied FF-SD user for years, but it´s biggest pro, the 1:1 
interlace output, becomes unimportant in times of progressive LCD 
screens. And the gfx cards are already good enough in decoding H.264 (at 
least on Windows) that I currently don´t see any sense in waiting for a 
FF-HD card - apart from the mentioned missing H.264 acceleration on linux.

In fact, I fear more limitations in the ongoing VDR development if 
people again have to take care e.g. for OSD sizes of certain hardware 
boards and have to fight with (closed source) firmware bugs. A hardware 
independent approach would allow e.g. more flexibility in UI control. 
You might say: The UI is sufficient, but if I think of using VDR as 
media center I think of all the complicated things that need to be done 
e.g. to simply get an image displayed on FF cards (see the discussion on 
interlaced display of images some days ago). Also features like a web 
browser plug-in (e.g. for easier access to web-tv) will never be 
possible as people still have to take care of certain hardware 
limitations. Another approach would be calling external web browsers, 
media players etc. from VDR, but then I doubt that I can still use the 
remote control for also controlling the external applications.

Just my thoughts about the future of VDR in a future 
flat-screen-enhanced living room (still enjoying superb tube tv quality...).

With kind regards

Joerg Knitter

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