Adobe Flash Player 11 has been released. It finally brings official 64bit support in an all-in-one installer for both 64 and 32bit. Hardware acceleration is also now included. Good work Adobe, lets just hope there are less security issues than in the past.
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Today Media Browser 2.5 codename Hydra) was released right on schedule.
The most significant change is the rolling out of the (much faster) SQL database as standard for all installs. There are various other performance enhancements and a fix for dropped network shares causing metadata refreshes. There are a few other smaller but nice enhancements, like screensaver support.
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A few things are due to arrive in the next few weeks that might be of interest…
MCEBuddy 2 Beta 16 has been released. There have been numerous bugfixes since Beta 14. It looks to me like it is nearing a final release. Give it a try.
MCEBuddy 2 Beta 14 has been released. It’s the first release in a long time that is a complete program. It also includes official x64 support. There are still some major issues remaining, but within those limits it should be an excellent solution for converting wtv files and stripping adverts from them.
Anandtech has an excellent article comparing 4 bottom end GPU’s for HTPC’s. The article is extensive and does a good job of explaining issues of framerate timing, cadence detection, telecining and pulldown as well as comparing the 4 GPU’s. As we don’t believe in reinventing the wheel — we recommend anyone building a HTPC setup read the article before setting out.
SemiAccurate has news that AMD are to imminently release a new Zacate member of the Brazos platform. According to previous information on Anandtech and Hexus the E‑450 is clocked at 1.65GHz (up from 1.60GHz) and has graphics clocked at 600MHz (up from 500MHz). It will also reportedly support higher speeds of DDR3 memory, and feature some kind of turbo.
DXVA in ffdshow, which was broken for the last few builds, appears to have been fixed, at least in the 3878 x64 build from 11th June.
After discussions on a recent article I wondered if it is possible to build a set-top box sized HTPC with dual-tuner cards inside. To achieve set-top box size means going Mini-ITX, but with the release of a range of Mini ITX AMD Fusion boards this is the easy part. Mini-ITX normally only includes 1 expansion slot, so to include 2 tuners requires a creative solution.
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