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Reviewed: ATi All-In-Wonder Radeon
Author: Michael Ahlf       Date: May 20th 2001
Page: 6

The next step, of course, was to test out all the features the card brings in terms of captures.  The obvious test was to run a Mpeg-1 and Mpeg-2 performance; the card, under ULead, was able to pull in 30 FPS in either, which was a very nice thing to see. Full 720x480 Mpeg-2 capture is important for editors, since that's DVD quality.

The TV tuner and TIVO functionality, however, left something to be desired; I could only get smooth captures under the ATi software in Mpeg-1 mode, which dropped the quality significantly with the Video-On-Demand feature enabled. It was still nice to be able to capture still images at that resolution at will, as shown by these three samples.

As you can see, the All-In-Wonder Radeon gives users a higher level of quality than other capture cards; it's very nice to see something like this out there for the users that might want it. The other nice side of this was the way the TV output was implemented, since it was set up to allow both the monitor and TV to be on at the same time; highly desirable compared to cards that can only display on one or the other.

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Added:  Sunday, May 20, 2001
Reviewer:  Michael Ahlf
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