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Old November 2nd, 2004, 02:05 PM   #1
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WMV-HD player shipping soon!

I just ordered one of these. Has the Sigma EM8620L chip that plays Windows Media Video -HD (WMV9).

I hope to be able to unload my HTPC. I shoot the video with JVC GR-HD1, then convert to WMV9 with TMpgEnc Xpress 3.0

It's a networked player, but this first model has no Wi-Fi or DVI, just Ethernet 10/100. I think this model is manufactured in Japan, where it's already on sale in a more deluxe version that does include Wi-Fi and DVI. There's already a few scattered reports coming in. TUFU from Taiwan reports it plays WMV9 either burned to a DVD-R disk, or from a networked PC.

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Old November 2nd, 2004, 07:59 PM   #2
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Re: WMV-HD player shipping soon!

Tom,

Just checked the pages on the player, and from what I saw, I hope you've got a DHCP enabled router/hub.....because without one you may have as much trouble as I've had with the Roku HD1000 connecting via LAN.

May be worth checking on what OS it's based on as well. Roku's Linux base doesn't overly help with app integration....

It may be worth checking whether the wireless LAN is capable of delivering the throughput required by HD.... I know lots of Roku users find it can't, but 10/100 can....

Also noticed from the pic of the rear that there weren't any component outs (could be mistaken), so how will 1080 be possible without DVI connector?

I hope it does work for you..... Just hope it doesn't involve as much fidling as the Roku HD1000 has taken for me to finally display all my HD footage.
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Old November 2nd, 2004, 11:38 PM   #3
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Let me see if I can find the link for you. There's a PDF on the features.

Some highlights:
D4 to component cable included (answering your question about component)

8mb/s bandwidth:
Ethernet 100T
DVD+/-R/RW
WMV-HD 720p
Divx
mpeg2/4

No Wi-Fi on this model
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Old November 4th, 2004, 09:20 AM   #4
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hmm..
Then theres the BravoD3 mediaplayer, which is also WMV capable.. difference however is that this actually works out of the box..

Theyre very cheap too.. jsut do a google search on Bravo D3 and youll get a zillion

basicallywith this, u create ur WMV file, then copy it across to a DVD... wack that into ur D3 and Voila.. instant 1080i HD footage in 5.1 glory..
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Old November 4th, 2004, 10:40 AM   #5
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Vinc.com no longer lists the Bravo D3 under Products at their site. The references around the net refer to preview articles. It looks like they pulled it off the market. Even the price references are dating back to early 2004.
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Old November 4th, 2004, 03:23 PM   #6
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I have a question...

What is the format of the DVD that the WM9 files have to be "authored" to play?

Can one just burn a blank DVD with only the wmv file on it and these WMV players will play the file correctly?

If so, then it would be simple as I understand there is WM9-HD encoder coming for the Mac OS X.
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Old November 4th, 2004, 10:45 PM   #7
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John, you just burn the WM9 file to DVD, like a data disk. As far as menus and such like regular DVDs, I don't know.
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Old November 7th, 2004, 08:36 PM   #8
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>>Vinc.com no longer lists the Bravo D3 under Products at their site. The references around the net refer to preview articles. It looks like they pulled it off the market.

I don't think it has ever REACHED the market ... or has someone actually seen one???
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Old November 8th, 2004, 11:46 AM   #9
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As far as I know nothing like this has actually been available up until now, so if this is a real shipping product then that's huge, huge news. I wondered what had happened to these players after they were announced as pending products way back in January, but apparently the manufacturers didn't feel there was a sufficient market to ramp up production. The day these players are widely available is the day the HDV format really starts to become useful, because there isn't currently a decent and affordable alternative.
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Old November 14th, 2004, 01:36 PM   #10
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Update on I-O Data AVLP2 DVDLA

The I-O Data AVel LinkPlayer2 arrived two days ago.
If anyone is interested, I can give some impressions.

I shoot my camcorder footage with the JVC GR-HD1, and do non-linear editing with the included KDDI software bundle, in the native mpeg2 TS format. I encode it to WMV-HD 720p using TMpgEnc 3.0 Xpress. Xpress inputs the m2ts, and contains an excellent set of filters for correcting recording flaws caused by the poor latitude of the JVC single CCD image sensor.

I encode the video to WMV-HD at 9.2MB/s, and the audio to WMA9 at 192KB/s, and burn to DVD disk.

The resulting disk is portable, plays in Windows PCs, and now plays in my home entertainment system, connected to a 50 inch Samsung HDTV monitor.

The I-O Data in my observation, actually works better than advertised, successfully playing back WMV-HD disks of my own creation from the JVC GR-HD1, smooth and stutter free, at higher data rates than stated in the specifications. It also plays back 1280x720p30 mpeg2 program streams at 18.3MB/s problem-free.
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Old November 14th, 2004, 08:02 PM   #11
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...but will it play Sony FX1's 1440x1080 HDV file if encoded into WM9 and put on DVD?
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Old November 14th, 2004, 08:46 PM   #12
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The LinkPlayer2 supports 480i/480p/720p/1080i, but the media processor chip upon which it is based, the Sigma EM8620L only supports WMV-HD @ 720p. Put another way, you can decode WMV9 720p files and upconvert them to 1080i for output. But it will not decode native WMV9 1080i files.

It plays 1280 x 720p30 mpeg2 program stream files at 18.3MB/s, but the documents remain silent on whether it supports 1080i natively. It also plays back DivX-HD, but again no information on 1080i.

It also upconverts DVD-Video to 720p/1080i.

FAQ on I-O Data LinkPlayer2 here
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Old November 15th, 2004, 08:17 AM   #13
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Thanks Tom... I guess it's good enough - I can always output FX1's edited project in 1280x720p30 after a little deinterlacing/resizing - and my guess is that the quality difference will not be visible.

Anyone tried the player's DVI output of WM9 1280x720 movie on quality HD monitor?
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Old November 15th, 2004, 08:57 AM   #14
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The U.S. spec version of the LinkPlayer2, the AVLP DVDLA does not include DVI output at this time. It is said to be coming in sometime in 2005. Versions shipping in Japan right now already have the DVI and wireless WiFi.
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Old November 15th, 2004, 09:06 AM   #15
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Just to add...

The WMV-HD 1280x720p30 via the component output to a Samsung HDTV 50 inch DLP monitor is not quite as sharp as the VGA output of a HTPC that is bit mapped 1 to 1 to the native panel, but it plays back very stable, stutter free.
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