Last Update: 11-24-2006
Thank You MadPoet for the confirmation of it working and what was needed.
Thank You CandyRocket786 for the great tips especially on how to order WinDVD8 Platinum from Japan!.
Thank You Monkeyboy1010 for the Blueprint UDF 2.5 driver for XP!
Thank You MidnightWatcher and Patsfan123 for your help as well!
Thank You Microsoft and Toshiba for HD-DVD, the Xbox 360, All the great software (looking forward to Vista) and the Addon! Special thanks to AmirM and the MS AVS presence.
Thank You Universal/Warner/Paramount for giving us awesome HD-DVD's
Thank You AVS for all the great information and for the Circuity City coupon bringing the total price down to $173 for the HD-DVD addon + king kong HD-DVD + remote
Link to Circuit City Coupon. This coupon is good until November 30th, 2006.http://img223.imageshack.us/img223/2546/editedym4.jpg
Below is a link to CandyRocket786's guide for orderinghttp://www.avsforum.com/avs-vb/showt...&&#post8871286
CONFIRMED!!!! It's working with Batman Begins HD-DVD =)
It works and it works great! 1080P is now working as well, but you need Cyberlink PowerDVD 6.5 HD-DVD version (OEM release not commercially available to order yet, real release is sometime in February/March according to Cyberlink phone support).
Audio: Dolby TrueHD can be selected. When I have Intervideo WinDVD menu/setup/Audio Tab/Audio Output Configuration set to Analog sound card it does work but appears to be 2 channel only. When I switch to Digital S/PDif out to external processor which is what I typically use for DVD's, then i get nothing but static noise. Normal Dolby Digital works fine though with Digital S/PDif to ext proc.
Cyberlink PowerDVD 6.5 allows you to select TrueHD however reports a system support error for Audigy 2 ZS Platinum Pro system.
Video: Looks great but still not perfect even under Cyberlijnk. In WinDVD 8Plat (JPN) Under Setup/Performance there's a slider for decode quality/compensation. Unfortunately it appears we are only getting 960x540 progressive right now? This had better be fixed by Intervideo soon. But for now I'm happy that it works. Software always gets better in the future. The video quality did look better from the HD-A1 and the Xbox 360 with HD-DVD addon connected. At this point definitely better than SD-DVD but not yet 720P or 1080I/P.
Once PowerDVD 6.5 HD is available (or if you for instance buy an OEM system with it, e.g. ACER Aspire 9520, 9810) you can get 1080P support working. Warning it is VERY CPU intensive. With Batman Begins, 0 hardware acceleration on it chews up 100% CPU on both CPUs on an Athlon 64 X2 4600+ (manchester core), with Nvidia Geforce 7950GT and stutters on any scene where more there is more than 20% of frame change. With hardware acceleration on (have to stop power dvd and turn it on from Configuration\\Video Tab\\Hardware Acceleration checkbox), the same clips take up 30-50% CPU on both cores and it plays smoothly with no skip/stutter. Looks pretty nice.
Playback: Startup takes 30-45 seconds depending on what sequence of startup you use. From no disk in drive to first video (studio opening logo) it's about 37 seconds for me. If for some reason the drive decides to do a double read from autorun + WinDVD autostart it seems to add 5-10 seconds. With disk in drive and WinDVD program already opened but not playing it takes like 11 seconds =) Menuing system is instantaneous. Just as responsive as Xbox 360 and more responsive than Toshiba HD-A1. However I couldn't find how to operate U-Control within WinDVD. Maybe this is why it's not out in the USA yet? Some people have problems with IME/U-Control getting stuck on it seems. I didn't have this issue with Batman Begins but I did have it with King Kong.
Cyberlink PowerDVD takes 56 seconds from open disk tray to first sign of disk play (FBI warning screen). 27 seconds from PowerDVD already open and disk already in drive, then hitting play to video start. The menu system is VERY responsive if the playback is paused at the time otherwise it's less responsive than WinDVD/360 playback if Hardware Acceleration is off. It's more responsive than WinDVD and just as responsive as 360 with Hardware Acceleration on.
Just a side note, the Xbox 360 + HD-DVD addon is still the fastest startup from no disk in drive, 7-9 seconds for me.
DON'T run the Cyberlink Advisor if you are playing WinDVD HD-DVD at the time. The video in WinDVD disappears =( sound keeps working though. Stopping and restarting the player (without closing it) fixes it.
Also here's an example of a Beta of PowerDVD showing more functionality including what looks like 1080P support. Thanks MidnightWatcher for posting it further down in the thread.http://www.pcper.com/article.php?aid...e=expert&pid=3
Related Software used:
MS Windows XP Pro SP2 (note this isn't WINMCE2005 or Vista atm but will upgrade to Vista later)
Intervideo WinDVD 8 Platinum ordered from Japan as per the above link.
BluePrint UDF 2.5 inf file for Xbox 360 HD-DVD addon drive (You should not need this driver, people have gotten it to work just fine without the UDF 2.5 driver. It's only if you want to be able to explore the contents of the drive.) even if you don't install this, you should get the drive installed by XP/Vista as Toshiba DVD/HD X807616 USB device without any problems. Ignore the Xbox 360 HD DVD Memory Unit's that don't detect properly. They won't hurt playback.http://www.avsforum.com/avs-vb/showt...&&#post8875463http://localhostr.com/files/c46c39057dc3fbe73d9f.rar
The public Toshiba link if the above doesn't work.http://www.csd.toshiba.com/cgi-bin/t...ngdgmn.0&ct=DLhttp://www.nzone.com/object/nzone_d...betadriver.html
PureVideo HD BETA drivers
Windows XP / 2000 /MCE 32-bit
Release Date: September 14, 2006
Note: I also have Nvidia PureVideo Decoder installed. Not sure if this is necessary or not though I would expect not past 92.91 drivers so long as you have WinDVD 8 plat+.
*some screenshot software*
Related Hardware used:
Gigabyte K8N-UltraSLI motherboard
Enermax Liberty ELT-620AWT power supply
Athlon 64 X2 4600+ (Manchester core)
4 gigabytes of RAM PC3200
800 gig local HD (5 terabytes networked storage)
Creative Labs Soundblaster Audigy 2 ZS Platinum Pro
ASUS EN7950GT (Nvidia Geforce 7950GT with HDCP support)
Xbox 360 HD-DVD addon drive connected via USB2 on Motherboard
Westinghouse LVM-37W1 1080P LCD connected via DVI1 (HDCP compliant) 1920x1080 32-bit 60hz
The below are 1920x1080P 32-bit screencaps, Jpegs though so some artifacts as you can tell from the full desktop capture. But the important thing is everything works =)
2 1080P shots from PowerDVD 6.5 HD
Report from WinDVD Setup/Information tab
TV System: Unspecified.
Macrovision Level: 0
CGMS Level: 3
Connection type: MEDIASUBTYPE_YUY2
Downstream renderer: CLSID_DisplayServer
Bitrate: 18.999 Mbps
Framerate: 29.970 Hz
Aspect ratio: 16x9
Audio Device: directsound
Number of speakers: 8
Bitrate: 640 Kbps
Number of main channels: 5
LFE Channel: Present
Sampling Frequency: 48khz
Bits Per Sample: 16
Sample Rate: 48 KHz
Bits per Sample: 16
Name: AMD Athlon(tm) 64 X2 Dual Core Processor 4600+
Family:15(Gen:15) Model:11 Stepping:1
Standard Feature: 0x178bfbff
Hyper-Threading: Not supported, Not enabled
Intel MMX: Enabled
Intel SSE: Enabled
Intel SSE2: Enabled
Intel SSE3: Enabled
AMD 3DNow!: Enabled
AMD Enh 3DNow!: Enabled
AMD 3DNow! Pro: Enabled