Originally Posted by mrzippy2000
Do you know if or when Vista Media Center will record tv using the VC-1 codec?
No it will not. As you know, the current US standard for digital TV is MPEG-2 so the system simply records that stream unchanged. For analog TV, it could encode in VC-1 but given the MPEG-2 encoder on the card, that is the format used. However, there are third-party converters which in the background, transcode the MPEG-2 streamst to VC-1 so that you can for example, create smaller files to take with you on a laptop.
|How much more computer power will be required to encode the signal in realtime vs. the current codec?
For standard definition, modern PCs can do that in real-time. For 720p, a dual-core, dual-processor systems should do the same. I don't have a good feel for 1080p right now (or 1080i60 which is even more difficult).
|It seems the advantages of smaller file size and bandwidth would make it an ideal solution for Media Center.
It would :). I hope such a solution comes to market some day because it also allows easier streaming around the home due to lower rates.