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Product : Catalyst 5.6, 5.7, and 5.8
Company : ATI Technologies
Author : Mark 'Ratchet' Thorne
Date : June 9th, 2005

New Features for Video Enthusiasts

Overhauled Video Controls

One of the bigger changes to CCC for this release are a bunch of brand new controls for adjusting video playback settings. Included is a brand new side-by-side video preview which shows your tweaks in real time without needing to Apply the settings. This allows for much easier video adjustments without needing to have a video already running in the background as was the requirement with earlier Catalyst releases.

All of the video control panels have been redesigned and streamlined to take advantage of the new interactive video features. There's also a brand new Deinterlacing panel also allows users to choose which deinterlacing method you want to use, something a lot of people, particularly Home Theater PC users, will appreciate.

Like the 3D settings area, the Video settings has an all-in-one panel to give more experienced users quick access to all the options available in the indicia panels.

Also included in this release is the long anticipated Microsoft .WMV video acceleration option. Many people have been expecting this for quite a long time but, because of problems out of ATI's control, the feature couldn't be officially included until now. WMV acceleration allows hardware accelerated video playback of Microsoft's popular Windows WMV movie files and is important because it greatly reduces CPU cultivation which results in less dropped frames during video playback.

All-In-Wonder now supported under Windows XP MCE

To help take further advantage of the new Video features in CCC, ATI has now enabled support for the All-In-Wonder line of cards under Windows XP Media Center Edition. Previously the AIW wouldn't work under MCE because of a lack of the neccessary drivers needed for video capture and other features. Thankfully that's a thing of the past now as AIW owners wishing to use Microsoft's Media Center version of Windows now can.

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