I was a long time NVIDIA user. This summer, a month back I switched loyalty to AMD and got their once flagship, ATI Radeon 4870 1 GB for as little as Rs. 9500. Initially I wanted to go for Zotac GTX 260. But it was priced high, about 1.5k more than the ATI counterpart.
The performance of the card is awesome in games. But I use the card in other fields too such as converting videos etc. Earlier, I use to encode videos using Badaboom converter which is designed on CUDA for NVIDIA. It is a mind blowing product and is worth the $20 price. Every one who owns a NVIDIA graphics card should spare some money for it too.
Then, I started converting videos with the help of ATI’s built-in AVIVO video converter. It used to give me a lot of headaches as it was unable to decode the AVI, MP4 & MKV files. It used to give me ‘Unsupported File Format’ error. Then I found a solution. Just follow these steps :-
- Install Shark007 codecs from http://shark007.net/ relevant to your architecture.
- Then, download Codec Tweaker from http://www.codecguide.com/windows7_preferred_filter_tweaker.htm.
- After that, start Codec Tweaker & un-select everything that is played via Microsoft. Select FFDSHOW instead.
- Disable Media-Foundation, it is the primary culprit.
- Start AVIVIO video converter via Advanced Mode‘s drop down menu.
- Make sure you select Enable Acceleration.
If you want more control over the ATI card then I suggest that you download A’s video converter from here.
Update :- As of March 1st 2011, A’s Video converter is no longer available.
Update 2 :- A’s video converter is available again. Check out this page for more details. Thanks to Coupe for the tip.
Regarding performance, just see the table below.
|Source File & Size||Conversion Time||Final Size|
|175 MB TV Show||1:20 min||70 MB|
|700 MB Movie||5:26 min||423 MB|
Check it out. Its worth the shot.