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While we've posted links to various factory tours in the past, Firingsquad has a unique video tour of the insides of one of Gigabyte's factories. Click here to see the 2:11 minute video of Gigabyte, Taiwan. "Back in June we were invited to tour one of Gigabytes top factories. If you've ever wondered what the inside of one of these factories looks like, then you've come to the right place. Enjoy."... Read more...
Some of you we're aware have issues with audible instruction and are much more-so the visual learning type.  If you fall into this camp and have previously struggled with something as simple as an airline safety announcement before take-off, have no fear.  Chris P is at the ready and possesses the unique ability to move words into action... I nearly busted a gut when I saw this... Seatbelt instruction is especially entertaining.  I'll never sit on the tarmac the same way again, Chris.  Thanks... Read more...
In an attempt to get their message across, the U.S. government is embracing the YouTube community in an effort to curb drug use. Though there's some controversy on how effective the ads are, the White House has started injecting their anti-drug videos into the service, which receives millions of viewers a day, many of them teenagers. "The government's short public service announcements -- all of which were produced previously for television -- are highly polished. They will compete for viewership against hundreds of existing, drug-related videos that include shaky footage of college-age kids smoking marijuana and girls dancing wildly after... Read more...
There was an interesting article posted today at [H]ard|OCP that explains their experience with HD video playback on the PC using NVIDIA's soon to be released beta drivers that enable PureVideo HD functionality. Kyle asks NVIDIA some questions regarding the technology and talks about his experience playing back some protected content on the PC with various different configurations. "Keep in mind these are Beta drivers and NVIDIA is working day and night to chase the bugs out. That said, the ForeWare v92.91 Beta driver and included PureVideo HD technology (To be released on 9/14/06 at nZone.) were extremely stable for me on all the systems we tested it on. There is fine tuning that needs... Read more...
Who doesn't like a good ol' fashioned video card round-up?  The dudes at GameSpot have been punchin' doggies and pixels it seems lately in this quick-take look at all the big bulls in graphics. Now, we know you prefer a bit more in-depth analysis ala HH-style but GS does cover the basics pretty well here.  "You should consider buying a high-end video card or dual-card configuration if you want to play your games at the highest resolutions with the highest image-quality settings. We're talking resolutions that start at 1600x1200 (4:3) and 1680x1050 (widescreen) and image-quality settings that have the best antialiasing (smoothes out jagged lines) and anisotropic filtering... Read more...
Google has partnered with quite a few other nations to provide more content through their Google Video service. France, the UK, and Canada are just a few of the nations which Google will be focusing on. "Google hopes that the eight national editions will grow to reflect the likes of the countries each site serves - visitors can rate videos to help sort which ones are the most popular. Included in the list of partners are ITN, Wimbledon video rights holder IMG Media, the Cousteau Society, Talkback Thames, Buena Vista International, FC Barcelona and France's National Audiovisual Archive." Google still faces some extremely strong competition from competitor YouTube.com though.... Read more...
When there's nothing on TV, there's always YouTube. But the popular video service might be facing some stiff competition in the form of eefoof.com. The attracting aspect of the service is its claim to share a percentage of site revenue based on the number of viewers a video attracts. "Analysts will want to know whether eefoof can sustain itself by cutting videographers in on revenues. But at a time when many video-sharing sites are looking for compelling content, the payment offer could give Eefoof an edge in attracting superior videos." On a side note, I hope everyone had a great 4th of July!... Read more...
NVIDIA introduces PureVideo HD - Essential TECHNOLOGY for the Ultimate HD movie experience on PCs PureVideo HD Technology Combines High Definition Features with HDCP Support to Provide Stunning Blu-ray and HD DVD Movie Playback on PCs SANTA CLARA, CA - JUNE 7, 2006 - NVIDIA Corporation (Nasdaq: NVDA) today unveiled PureVideo HD technology, which delivers outstanding HD DVD and Blu-ray movie playback on PCs. PureVideo HD combines hardware acceleration from an NVIDIA graphics processing unit, high definition movie player integration and HDCP feature support to make it easy for manufacturers and consumers to build powerhouse PCs that can play HD DVD or Blu-ray movies. As a result, consumers will... Read more...
If you've never had the pleasure of having a system good enough to enjoy games like Quake 4 and F.E.A.R. at decent quality settings, then you're really missing out on some great gaming experiences. A great experience doesn't always have to break your bank account though, and Madshrimps demonstrates that with their latest roundup of low to mid-range cards. From ATI's x1300 Pro to Nvidia's 7600GT, both companies have some great cards to choose from. "In this roundup we compare seven different video cards which don't cost you an arm and a leg. Using FRAPS and several popular games we test the performance and try to find... Read more...
Paris Hilton is taking her celebrity status to the very small screen. The hotel heiress/reality TV star has agreed to use her likeness in a series of mobile video games. The deal between Paris Hilton Entertainment Inc. and Paris-based mobile game publisher Gameloft includes a game geared to teenagers scheduled for release this summer. Gameloft would not give any details about what players would do but said the game is part of a category of simpler titles that includes puzzlers and card games.  ... Read more...
Professional video gaming is set to debut on cable television later this year, potentially paving the way for the kings and queens of game controllers to become as familiar to American households as the faces of Johnny Chan or Annie Duke in televised poker. Major League Gaming, the world's largest organized video gaming league, on Monday will announce a programming deal in which USA Network will air seven one-hour episodes in the fall, featuring the pro circuit and its players.Though video gaming fans have been able to follow competitions on game Web sites for years already, MLG's television deal marks the first time regular TV viewers would... Read more...
HELSINKI (Reuters) - Mobile phones will deal a final blow to makers of music devices and video camcorders, having already hit the photo industry, a senior executive at handset maker Nokia told the Financial Times newspaper. Anssi Vanjoki, head of the multimedia unit at the world's largest cellphone maker, pointed in comments published on Tuesday to Nokia's 2000 forecast of the death of the photo industry, and said the same fate was looming for other sectors. Nokia made 100 million cameraphones last year, making it the world's largest camera manufacturer. READ MORE...... Read more...
Josh at Penstarsys has just posted an interesting editorial regarding the current availability of various graphics cards in the marketplace. Here, the author steps through the latest and greatest offerings from both ATI and NVIDIA and illustrates their availability. Somewhat surprisingly, the article even mentions S3 products for those who are not dedicated ATI or NVIDIA fans. While you're there, be sure to scroll down to the previous article regarding the AEG and NVIDIA fiasco as there are some very good points made by the author.We are now seeing some of the X1900 XTs hitting $499, which is $50 lower than MSRP. We are also seeing X1900 XTXs for around $589, a full $60 under MSRP. ... Read more...
PC Mechanic has produced a good rundown of some entry level video editing software. While they've capped the cash limit to $100, there are some excellent free programs listed, such as VirtualDub and Jahshaka Effects. "Video editing is taking the world by storm. Everywhere you look, you see videos made by average people. If you just bought a DV camcorder and want to show the world or your family what it's seeing, you need video editing software. It's possible some software was included with the camcorder, but you might want to take a look at the options before jumping in."Be warned though, free software doesn't always translate in to simple to... Read more...
Be it software, service, or just about anything else, there's almost always some teething problems. Google's Video Store is certainly no exception. As Ars Technica explains, there are some serious issues Google needs to deal with, and some areas Google is improving on. "The Google Video Store may have launched more than two weeks ago, but it's still clearly not ready for primetime. The company and its partners have taken notice of the lackluster launch and concomitant panning of the service in the press, and they've taken some steps recently to improve things. How does the situation stand now? Read on for my look at some of the initial problems... Read more...
CES 2006 is over and done with, but the last bit of coverage is still being published. Tonight Desightechnica shares their experience with their Home Video Wrap-Up, covering the latest in display and disc technology. "The Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas was a tough show this year, with two large convention centers to cover, plus all of the manufacturers' suites in hotels. As always, it was a tiring but exciting show. As I noted in my most recent blog ("Post Partum CES"), the two major themes of the show were 1080p displays in all screen technologies and the looming next-generation optical disk format war. Will this format war play out... Read more...
You know it folks, sooner or later your VHS tapes will degrade to a point where they're no longer enjoyable to watch. The technology to port them over to your computer has been around for a while now, but if you've never taken the time to learn how to do it, then PCStats will help get you started. "As you may have noticed, the VCR is a dying technology. DVD players are now equivalent in price, and their disks have practically crowded VHS tapes right off the shelves of your neighborhood video store. Give it another three years and you may be hard pressed to find a new release on tape. So what happens when your VCR finally breaks? In this PCstats... Read more...
GameTrailers has just posted an interview with NVIDIA's Director of Public Relations Derek Perez which mainly focuses on the company's Quad-SLI setup shown at CES. In addition to the 4-GPU behemoth shown in cooperation with Dell, the interview also touches on PureVideo and the recent emphasis on home a/v functionality. Overall, this is a great chance to get information straight from the horse's mouth and also an opportunity to put a face to a name for some of NVIDIA's team.... Read more...
PC Perspective has teamed with FileShack and has posted some video coverage of CES 2006. There are still the usual pictures and editorial comments we're accustomed to, though the videos certainly give those who have never attended CES a better idea of the total experience. Once you've seen the videos, be sure to see what our own Marco thought of CES in his photo report posted earlier today. To go along with the standard images taken of the various items at the CES booths, I brought along a Sony HDR-HC1 camcorder that records in 1080i HD video. The thinking on this new coverage option is that users might like to see the trade shows in their "live"... Read more...
Catalyst 5.13? That's right, and it's slated for this month! In ATI's words, they're out for "dominATIon" of video quality, and with their new drivers, it looks like they may have succeeded. As FiringSquad explains, Catalyst 5.13 is set to deliver a huge leap in image and video quality. "ATI owners (and prospective owners) must have been good this year because Santa has brought the thirteenth Catalyst driver release of 2005. With this new version, ATI claims that they've raised the bar in video performance and set the stage for worldwide "video dominATIon." Our tests show that Catalyst 5.13 is the greatest leap in video quality technology... Read more...
"Apple's latest offering, the iPod Video, includes everything found in previous iPods, but also includes video playback! While this technology is not new, Apple stepping into this medium will hopefully help the video market grow as the MP3 market did when Apple released the original iPod."... Read more...
The TechZone has pulled together a guide on making personal home movies.  Just in time for the holiday season, they lay out the steps to making home movies that'll impress.  Marrying a camcoder, PC and other hardware, they break it down so you can make movies with panache that'll last years."It has only been within the recent past that digital cameras and camcorders, DVD burners and high-powered PCs have become fast enough and cheap enough to make consumer digital video editing/production feasible. Let's look at some real examples." ... Read more...
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