Is your PC ready for Blu-ray/HD DVD Playback?

Jul 01st, 2010 by dvdxplayer 2,196 views |Comments Off

Currently, there aren’t many commercially available PCs that can play back high definition DVDs due to the limited availability of Blu-ray/HD DVD hardware. The amount of movies available is also a problem. To test high definition DVD, we are going to approximate it by playing back some high definition H.264 movies and measuring the playback framerate using Fraps.

The clips we will be using are encoded using the H.264 video codec, along with AAC audio, at a resolution of 720p (1280×720, progressive) or 1080p (1920×1080, progressive). This is actually quite close to both the Blu-ray and HD DVD specifications (and we’ve tried to keep the encoding parameters close as well) – both Blu-ray and HD DVD can use H.264 as the video encoder, as it is much more efficient than DVD’s MPEG-2. There are now two 1080p trailers – the one originally used for this guide (PotC: Dead Man’s Chest) and a new “I Am Legend” 1080p trailer that has been encoded using the Blu-ray encoding profile in MeGUI – you are free to use either.

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