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IYONIX PCI TV Card developments (Updated)

Posted by John Hoare on 20:20, 6/7/2003 | , , , , ,
 
Following a recent discussion in our forums, Simon Wilson has announced his plans for a driver for TV cards for the IYONIX. The driver will run a range of cards (those with the Conexant BT848/849/878/879 chip; although only 3.3V or Universal voltage cards are compatible with the IYONIX's PCI bus) - Simon suggests the Pinnacle PCTV Rave card, which you can buy for 29.99. The RISC OS driver is based on the bttv Linux driver; therefore, it will be released under the GPL, and will be free of charge.

The driver is not currently avaliable, although it is in testing. Video overlay, frame capturing, and tuner control are already working, with a nice WIMP frontend in the works - see Simon's site for more details on the specifications and features. This development is obviously a very important one, and provides features that in latter years many RISC OS users will have resorted to Windows or Linux for. We'll update you when the driver is released.

Incidentally, Simon is looking for someone with an IYONIX in the UK to help test the driver for PAL broadcasts; e-mail him at the address on the bottom of the page if you can help.

Source: Simon Wilson

UPDATE (16/7/03): Development continues apace. Horizontal and vertical scaling are now implemented within the desktop. PAL is now supported, and is currently in alpha-testing - after that, tuning for UK broadcasts will be implemented. Check Simon's site for the latest development details and screengrabs.
 

  IYONIX PCI TV Card developments (Updated)
  SparkY (00:02 7/7/2003)
  moss (00:24 7/7/2003)
    thegman (11:02 7/7/2003)
      ribbit (20:01 7/7/2003)
        ksattic (20:26 7/7/2003)
          SparkY (21:10 7/7/2003)
            thegman (23:15 7/7/2003)
              ksattic (16:35 9/7/2003)
                SparkY (16:59 9/7/2003)
                  moss (17:22 9/7/2003)
                    thegman (22:32 9/7/2003)
                      ksattic (05:18 10/7/2003)
                        SparkY (12:29 10/7/2003)
                          martyn fox (12:53 10/7/2003)
                            monkeyson2 (12:56 10/7/2003)
                              Horse (14:34 10/7/2003)
                                SparkY (15:40 10/7/2003)
                                  thegman (16:22 10/7/2003)
                                    ksattic (16:48 10/7/2003)
                                      andrew (15:39 11/7/2003)
                                        Steffen Huber (17:47 11/7/2003)
 
Gavin Smith Message #92386, posted by SparkY at 00:02, 7/7/2003
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I've been maybe pestering Simon a little bit, so I'd just like to say thanks for his work as it was something that was important for me to be acheived before I could buy my Iyonix.
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John Hoare Message #92387, posted by moss at 00:24, 7/7/2003, in reply to message #92386

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This will be a huge help to me when I get my IYONIX; it's one thing I thought I wouldn't happen, and it has. Absolutely brilliant work, and it's progressing so quickly, too.
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Garry Message #92388, posted by thegman at 11:02, 7/7/2003, in reply to message #92387
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TV cards are not something which I would really need, but at £30 I would certainly buy one if I had an Iyonix, this is really great work and does make the Iyonix more appealing than before.
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Cuddlebunny Message #92389, posted by ribbit at 20:01, 7/7/2003, in reply to message #92388
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This is great news, especially as I still use Windows for TV capture. I may not have to soon...
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Simon Wilson Message #92390, posted by ksattic at 20:26, 7/7/2003, in reply to message #92389
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I've received an offer for help with testing the driver with PAL broadcasts from someone in the Netherlands. I still need someone in the UK though - so please, let me know. :o)
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Gavin Smith Message #92391, posted by SparkY at 21:10, 7/7/2003, in reply to message #92390
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If only I could :)
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Garry Message #92392, posted by thegman at 23:15, 7/7/2003, in reply to message #92391
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I'd like to help, but I don't have an Iyonix, and everytime I think about buying one I feel kind of weak in the knees and a bit dizzy, that's what it's like being a scotsman spending money, it's no joke!
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Simon Wilson Message #92393, posted by ksattic at 16:35, 9/7/2003, in reply to message #92392
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There's now a screenshot on the project website of the first test of the Wimp application. The tuner wasn't locked onto the channel signal, hence the bad picture. I will take a shot of the TV card capturing from a DVD player soon.
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Gavin Smith Message #92394, posted by SparkY at 16:59, 9/7/2003, in reply to message #92393
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*drools*
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John Hoare Message #92395, posted by moss at 17:22, 9/7/2003, in reply to message #92394

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*drools too*

ribbit probably would as well, but... erm... oh, I was gonna stop the filthy jokes, wasn't I?

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Garry Message #92396, posted by thegman at 22:32, 9/7/2003, in reply to message #92395
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You make me sick moss!
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Simon Wilson Message #92397, posted by ksattic at 05:18, 10/7/2003, in reply to message #92396
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Urgh... after a whole day's work and then four hours of graft on the TV card driver, I've finally got the sound output working, so I can actually watch the Simpsons with sound!
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Gavin Smith Message #92398, posted by SparkY at 12:29, 10/7/2003, in reply to message #92397
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Check Simon's page, he's updated the screenshot :D Can we have a screenshot with the Simpsons being displayed next? :)
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Martyn Fox Message #92399, posted by martyn fox at 12:53, 10/7/2003, in reply to message #92398
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"... after a whole day's work and then four hours of graft on the TV card driver, I've finally got the sound output working, so I can actually watch the Simpsons with sound!"

Like the episode where Homer sets up a dotcom business. Despite the fact that it doesn't actually do anything, he receives a visit from Bill Gates (who is not voiced by himself!) and two heavies who proceed to "buy him out".

"I didn't get to be the richest man in the world by signing cheques!"

Martyn

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Phil Mellor Message #92400, posted by monkeyson2 at 12:56, 10/7/2003, in reply to message #92399
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Doh!
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Horse Message #92401, posted at 14:34, 10/7/2003, in reply to message #92400
Unregistered user The Simpsons episode with "Angry Dad" and the dot-com cartoon site is also pretty amusing. So much for the demise of television...
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Gavin Smith Message #92402, posted by SparkY at 15:40, 10/7/2003, in reply to message #92401
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I'm currently collecting Divx's of Simpsons episodes (along with any good films) as I'm a minimalist freak and don't like physical things (CDs, DVDs, books) sitting around. I'm collecting for the day when my Iyonix arrives - by the time I can afford it, it should be enough time for Cineroma to be publically available ;)
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Garry Message #92403, posted by thegman at 16:22, 10/7/2003, in reply to message #92402
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If capturing worked, then it would let us make a Tivo recording style thing, that would rule! Iyonixes come with big-ass hard disks too, plenty of room for MPEGs of TV shows and stuff.

Again, brilliant work, Simon.

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Simon Wilson Message #92404, posted by ksattic at 16:48, 10/7/2003, in reply to message #92403
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It's just the MPEG encoding that would be taxing for the processor. It's very easy to capture single or multiple uncompressed frames, but a built-in MPEG encoder (like some cards have) would be great for recording broadcasts. And I wonder if cards with MPEG decoders on board to decode digital video streams could be used to decode MPEGs off the hard disc.
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Andrew Message #92405, posted by andrew at 15:39, 11/7/2003, in reply to message #92404
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David McEwen's Cineroma will wipe the floor with it!
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Steffen Huber Message #92406, posted at 17:47, 11/7/2003, in reply to message #92405
Unregistered user Hi Simon,

the on-board MPEG2 decoders of the TechnoTrend Premium based DVB cards can indeed be used for "general" MPEG2 decoding. Many of the alternative DVB software packages allow access to it, e.g. by providing an in-built DVD player...

Unfortunately, I know of no DVB board with inbuilt MPEG2 decoder which is Iyonix compatible.

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