Which cards are we talking about? Are they possible
to purchase at a good price or are they rare? Will
you sell them in your store?
I think the two best choices would be Volari V8
. They both have MPEG-2 hardware
decoders builtin, among many other features.
As you can read here
the video problem I found
was with SVCD/MPEG-2. XviD worked fine.
A fully working hardware decoder would help
all the mediaplayer projects.
100% working 3D drivers is what the Linux/PPC
community desperately needs.
hence my (long time)idea to use an FPGA on every
future consumer efika and other HW to assist AVC/h.264 En/De-coding.
Mpeg4-AVC(part10) is what will single out interesting/desirable boards today/year, not some old Mpeg4-ASP(divx/xvid,part2).
personally id like to see something like KiloCORE on there,seeing as they are power members too, and we all need to work together to prosper in this new year.
ill ask the question that seems reasonable though.
there existed a consumer board that had this kiloCORE or other FPGA onboard as standard (and some sample code to show how to use it for AVC decoding etc) would you or your customers pay the extra cost of this chip so as to get the mass production costs down.., and indeed what cost would/could that be.
if your not interested in encoding/decoding then you can always re-program the chip for other apps depending on your needs at the time OC.
if you have a special order that doesnt need these chips or other options, then it seems a lot easyer to just not put these things on your special order at the factory than have it the other way round... special board made to plug it all into etc.
btw ,what bitrate are we talking for your '480x576 MPEG2 video from my Pegserve' and the Xvid file, it matters.
for instance for x86 xp, an original DVB mpeg2.ts file (1.2gig file @3000+ kbits/s)encoded to AVC/x264 useing MEncoder264 MEncoder264
at PAL 640 x 352@900kbit/s brings it down to something like 290meg, if you want to go mad, but still get better quality than the old ASP divx/xvid encoding, then you can reduce it to below 500kbit/s and it will still look good at full screen res (you can get it down as low as 100meg with practice and smaller screen/bitrates with AVC/x264).
even a 290kbit/s AVC encode works great for web streaming with VLC.
on a side note, i still think its a better idea to put all the external ports on standard pin headers and supply industry wide ribbon connectors to route your needs to any place you like as a box maker rather than fixed/soldered to the board.
sure you can de-solder them an fit your own but its a pain for more than a few boards.