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  1. Several years ago I converted my VHS copy of Tomb Raider to DVD. 4:3 of course. (I lent it to someone at 7 and I suspect they have been broadcasting it ever since). Perhaps if you have a 16:9 copy could you please lend it to them next time to broadcast.
  2. Last time 7 broadcast Tomb Raider 1 it was in 4:3. I wonder if it will be in 16:9 this time.
  3. This afternoon ABC is playing the 1985 live concert of Midnight Oil on Sydney Harbour. 5.1 sound according to the programmes.
  4. Anyone know if a Winfast DTV2000H will work with a Radeon 9200SE video card. I had a 7600GT card (AGP) in the computer last weekend but it no longer functions due to an eletrical problem. I don't know if the tv card is OK although it shows up in the list of hardware waiting for drivers to be installed. In the meantime I am using the old spare Radeon 9200Se which has 128Mb of memory and is living with Direct X 9.0C. I am using Windows 2000 SP4 (which the tv card worked with before) but now when I try to install I get a message saying "unsupported item" but I don't know if it is the video card that is unsupported or the tv card. The tv card could also be damaged. I may have to try in another PC.
  5. I see that episode 4 is on this Saturday. Perhaps Ch 10 is reserving episode 3 for the end of the series or could Ch 9 possibly have it. I hope 9 has it because there is a chance they may broadcast in 5.1. Picture quality, well who knows.
  6. HD Movie tonight (Sunday 28th). I see from the pdg of the HD programmes that Wing Commander is supposed to be on tonight from 10pm to 1130pm. Yet on CH 7 web site for HD the programme has disappeared from the list. Yet on their TV guide linked to the same page Wing Commander is listed as being on from 10am to 9pm. It is meant to be on Channel D70 isn' it? I wonder why they dropped it from the HD page, do they not want us to notice that it could be on?
  7. So is there anyway we can see what is going to be broadcast on the new HD channel? I have not seen anything on Ch7 website. My main place for reveiwing up coming programmes is: http://yourtv.com.au/guide/index.cfm but it is not separately showing the new HD channel yet?
  8. Better than Sydney radio memories was a station called 2BE in Bega. In the early seventies while Sydney radio only played some top 40 stuff and ignored the experimentation going on with music in the rest of the world, 2BE would play whole albums of Carlos Santana and Buddy Miles Live, Moody Blues albums, Jefferson Airplane, Captain Beyond, Robyn Trauer, Uriah Heep, Wishbone Ash, Yes, Humble Pie and on and on the list goes. The ABC had an interesting programme on 2BL called Room to Move by Chris Wynter, I think I still have some tapes of some of those programmes.
  9. I've still got that closing animation on vhs somewhere which I recorded in 1978 when I bought my new JVC VHS recorder for $1200. That was 1978 dollars which must be about $5000 now. Would we pay for a vhs like that now? Makes you realise how much cheaper it has become to record and process TV.
  10. The kick off to the new series of Dr Who starts tonight at 8.30 approx. Saturday the series continues.
  11. Anyone getting poor sound quality on ABC HDTV? All other channels are OK?
  12. I have a DTV2000 working in one of my PC's. All is well except for a couple of questions that I hope readers can answer: In the configuration screen under the scan channels menu there is a view style button. I have not been able to do anything with it, what do you use it for? Also in the scan screen where the list of available channels is displayed the manual says you can drag and drop the channels you want. Drop them to where though? Also once back in the viewing screen, you can operate a favourite channels list. How do you create the list of favourite channels, and is it something to do with the view style function mentioned earlier? Thanks in advance folks.
  13. "When I scan for channels (Sydney) it picks up 6 Providers (fast scan) and 15 Providers (Slow scan) But all the providers found are exactly the same. They are all duplicate network 7 channels. Any ideas why this is happening?" I had the same thing when buying a DTV2000 two days ago. I have another computer upstairs running Dvico Lite and all channels come in OK. So I moved the computer with the Leadtek card upstairs to the other antenna: all stations picked and working properly. Conclusion for me is the antenna downstairs could have a bad connection somewhere or the plug is not contacting the antenna input on the card.
  14. I have Windows media player 9 installed. Media Player classic is version I understand that there is an issue with installing Purevideo and changes to quartz.dll causing jerky playback. I am working on it but it is probably a codec issue.
  15. HI, I have the Nvidia Purevideo decoders installed. Although Media Player classic will play videos it often jumps a few seconds. So I am trying Winamp video. It plays wmv files but when I try to play mpg video the play only plays audio and gives me the blank screen with the nullsoft logo. The player is showing that the Nvidia video and audio decoders are in use and the nividia icon appears at the bottom of the screen and shows a video bitrate and an audio bitrate, but no picture. Any ideas about why the video is not coming through??? The Winamp version is v 5.31. Video card is Geforce FX5600
  16. Hmmm DivX and Xvid files are interesting. They are so small yet the quality for files that small is very good. Mpg4 is a very efficient codec, I wonder why it has not been considered for digital TV rather than Mpg2? We don't really have to be consistant with the rest of the world do we for out digital tv do we? The hardware currently used for mpg2 digital tv would only need a firmware upgrade to cope with other formats. I bought a small dvd player from MSY at Auburn in Sydney and not only does it play dvd discs it also plays divx and mpg4 and it only costs about $55. It also is region free which means I could buy the Dr Who confidentials from Britain and play them here.
  17. I hear there is a series called Dr Who Confidential broadcast in Britain. Iwonder if it will be broadcast here? Don't suppose it would be in the ABC shops? At least I can look for it on the Dr Who site.
  18. Does you motherboard have a coax spdif output (yellow rca connection)? You don't absolutely have to use optical. My Z5500 is connected by coax to the spdif output and works well. The optical connector on the Z5500 is connected to a standalone dvd player.
  19. Top Gear: The Aston Martin and the French fast train: anyone know which episode and which year it was?
  20. Lockey, Considering you have two hard drives and a 256Mb 6600 agp you would need a power supply that can at least supply 480watts or higher. A good quality power supply is necessary. Many no name power supplies that come in cases struggle to supply what they claim and that is indicated by the amount of heat coming out the back of the power supply or crashes. Your video card probably has its own molex connector as well, that is how much power it will demand. You may also want to check that your hard drives are on DMA access, even for swap file access.
  21. At the moment I just archive them onto storage hard drives and back up onto dvd discs as big mpg files.
  22. Re DVDlab Pro: I would like to see the program be able to handle high definiton bitrates and resolutions without complaining that they are not compliant for standard dvd and then refusing to go any further. I did an experiment with Dr Who last night and could not get it to cooperate with 720p to make a dvd, it did not like the resolution or the bitrate. Might as well start being able to build high definition dvd rather than transcoding down to standard dvd.
  23. Miagi, are you recording to the same partition or disk drive that your operating system is on? I use a separate Raid0 for capture and have no problems now. I have a similar motherboard to yours (P4P800 deluxe) and don't have the stutter problem even though I am still using the onboard sound. When I capture analogue using a separate Windows installation and capture card I can be writing up to 25MB per second if capturing as avi and still I don't drop frames but if I use the same hard disk as the operating systems are on, I then get problems. Probably also because of the location of the pagefile.sys even though I have 1GB of RAM.
  24. I have the same motherboard with a 3ghz processor and Fusion Lite card. I don't run anit virus or spyware software either as this pc is dedicated to video work. At first I used the onboard sound analogue outputs to a Creative speaker system. There was so much electronic noise from the operation of the computer that I installaed a Creative live 5.1 into a pci slot. This made the electronic noise vanish but every 2 to 3 minutes the sound would cut out for about a half second, be it on digital tv or playing dvd or mpgs from the dvd drive or from a hard drive but it did not cause sound synchronization problems. Eventually I bought a Logitech Z-5500 set and used spdif from the motherboard on board sound via coaxial to the digital encoder. Most of the sound cut outs vanished except for the occasional one every ten minutes or so. When I record digital tv I get sound cut outs during the recording stage but on playback the cut outs are not there. I think with video there is so much data traffic going through the Northbridge and pci bus that it can't cope and the sound is cut out momentarily because of this. I also have a SATA drive and Raid 0 (IDE) system on the pc and it makes no difference. If I am not using the raid drive or SATA for capture or video processing I can switch them off, but still have the same occasional cut outs. If I could stop that occasional cut out it would all be running perfectly.
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