Not spending much cash of late on computer stuff left me with enough to buy a Panasonic DMR E20K DVD player/recorder. One of it's very cool features is ability to record onto 9.7GB DVD RAM storage... I haven't seen much posted about I-Openers supporting reading DVD RAM... I'm wondering has anyone set up an I-Opener with a DVD either via USB or IDE (in particular DVD RAM capable). I'd also be interested in thoughts on the ability of a 200 or 300Mhz I-Opener to play a DVD RAM video... my daughter uses an I-Opener in our SUV and it'd be nice to record her "kids" shows from nickjr & pbs for playback as we drive.
The IO's display is very slow and jaggedized, no matter what the CPU speed. Try playing an mpeg video file from the hard drive to see if quality is acceptable.
Sony just announced a portable USB 2.0 (although the IO is only USB 1.0-capable) combo DVD read/CDRW drive for $329.
Dvd has been coverd in the past, Dvd is currently not possable unless something new has been brought up I'm unaware of. The reason is the amount of MEMORY reserved for the VIDEO chip. 2megs isnt enuff, 4megs is required. Same goes for 3d if the IO is capable of doing 3D its not going to be able to do it unless the amount of video memory is changed to 4+megs of memory. Thats if the chip is even capable.
I also rember something about zoomed video and DVD. The video chip is capable of MANY MANY things but the majority of the things revolve around memory. AND or outside hardware to be solderd to the IO. For example hardware video IN YES VIDEO IN!!! and composit out. because of the memory factor and ?? i think something i cant rember what but something about zoomed video dvd is not capable. Trust me I'v tryed and failed many times. even decoding dvd's with decss putting a clip on the hard drive and played fine on my big computer but wouldnt on the IO with some error using many different software programs.
Now it might be possable now with some finding but I'm unaware of any at this time.
something i forgot to mention, the IO can take a DVD player its self just fine. Provided its an IDE hook up! There are no bandwith problems there, cause well the io's chipset will support upto UDMA66. As to watching those video's your best bet would be an MPEG video! to utilize the hardware decoding OR divx. As to processor power. It requres a i beleive?? a 400-450mhz AMD k6-2 processor for software DVD, or 300mhz pentium I or II+ to play software DVD. As to divx movies it reqires at minumum a 400mhz amdk6-2 or p I or II at 250+mhz?? i forget the exact spects. To be honist your best bet for the vidoe stuff would be divx or mpeg. MPEG for lower cpu levels do to the hardware mpeg1 decoding by the video card.
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